This new app from the always reliable Touch Press is a treasure trove of digital artefacts from the Renaissance period, donated to The British Museum by the Baron himself 100 years ago.
The app sets the user a series of challenges involving the identification of key pieces from the collection. Upon locating the correct artefacts, a simple puzzle or trivia question is put forth and then the quest continues.
There are five challenges in all, culminating in the opportunity for students to choose items for a montage of their own collection. In a neat added touch for this final task, the user is even allowed access to the camera to include cropped down images of objects from the real world,
Now the challenges themselves don't take very long to complete it's true but the great thing about this app is that the entire digital collection can be explored independently of the core activities. Each piece is accompanied by a potted fact file containing key facts like age, origin, fame and the material it is made from. This area of the app opens up a whole wealth of possibilities for young historians as they examine the artifacts and explore the collection. They could even create their own series of challenges for their peers - creating clues or instructions for them to follow in order to locate chosen pieces.
Other ideas could include:
Taking screengrabs and inserting them into a trading card app like RWT Trading Cards or Top Trump It to gamify proceedings.
Saving the final image of a personal collection and taking it into Book Creator or Thinglink to add multimedia annotations about each piece
For those lucky enough to live close to The British Museum itself, the app could support a field trip to see the collection for real!
Full of whimsy and a somewhat irreverent style, Touch Press have produced another little gem here and a worthy addition to the history classroom.