When iPad Educators launched back in 2013, the very first feature looked at how site founder Steve Bambury had employed the Epic Citadel app in his Year 4 classroom (which can be found here.) This amazing, free app was actually designed as a tech demo for Epic Games but provides an immersive virtual castle for students to explore.
Now, two years on, one of our newest contributors, John Jones provides insight on how he has harnessed the app in a different way, utilising a challenge based learning approach. Enjoy!
On Monday, we hosted 55 children from nearby schools at a ‘Digital Story Telling’ Day. We used the app, Epic Citadel, as the inspiration and were stunned by the quality of the writing. Using Epic Citadel was inspired by the work of Tim Rylands and Lee Parkinson, although we did add a few twists of our own. Here is what we got up to:
TASK ONE – Explore The Citadel
Use your iPad to explore the Epic Citadel
As you explore, use notes to write down words that describe the settlement and the feelings you experience as you wander the streets
We will meet every group and ask them for some of their words and use Padlet to create a visual display of them
We then used our teacher iPads and Padlet to collate the words from the children, and project them onto the big screen.
TASK TWO – Epic Word Cloud
Use a selection of the words on display and the app, Tag Cloud, to create your very own digital Word Cloud that you can include in your digital book
When you have finished your tag cloud – make sure you save it to camera roll
TASK THREE – Epic Description
Use Keynote to write your descriptive passage on Epic Citadel, use the words in your Word Clouds to fuel some amazing writing.
TASK FOUR – The Epic Comic
Choose from one of these scenarios:
1. You have just escaped from the dungeon
2. You are the only survivor and are being chased by a killer dragon
3. You need to find the princess who is imprisoned in the tallest tower
Take some screenshots from Epic Citadel that fit in with your scenario, adding them to your camera roll
Choose a template
Import the pictures into Strip Design
Add the text that tells your story using text balloons
Edit your text boxes appropriately
Save to camera roll
TASK FIVE – Epic Puppet Pals
Imagine that you, your partner are either a dragon, witch, knight, princess or fairy godmother are in the Epic Citadel! What would you talk about?
Use Pages to constuct a 30 second dialogue between the characters you choose.
Start the Puppet Pal App
Select your two characters
You can choose between three parts of The Citadel, a castle, the dragon’s cave or the enchanted forest. Just pick TWO of them.
Act out the dialogue
Save your final scene to camera roll
TASK SIX – The Epic eBook
Use Book Creator to put your work together
Add narration where appropriate
It proved to be a great day and some of the writing was extraordinary! There are all sorts of extensions you could add to your book, such as a Morfo to bring alive a Medieval character or even use a green screen to put the children into the Epic Citadel itself!