I loved the new Star Wars film, I thought it was brilliant! In the build up to the movie, I had been using Star Wars as a stimulus as I knew a lot of the children were also excited about it. I did a big project based on the BB-8 Sphero in class.
You can read about what we did with BB-8 here.
With another class, we explored an 360 degree video based on one of the Star Wars planets and wrote a story based on this -
I also had to get involved with @iPadEducators and his Star Wars Project that you can read here.
The web link is fantastic and gives an amazing immersive panoramic image of two scenes from the film that children can explore and use as a writing stimulus in class!Have students explore a Star Destroyer or Niima Outpost in 360-degrees then write a story based on observations: https://t.co/zmSvlo1sso— StarWarsintheClass (@StarWarsinClass) January 8, 2016
From exploring the site it led me to download the Star Wars Force Awakens app! It is FREE and feels like it has been designed exactly for me with a range of activities that I love including - emojis, augmented reality and virtual reality. So here are a few ideas for how to use this app in class -
1 - Create a Growth Mindset Display Using the Force!
I am a big fan of promoting Growth Mindset in school and many schools have some fantastic display boards to promote this is school. Why not use the app to create your own by using the Selfie option. Let children turn themselves into Jedi Knights as shown in this example -
I love using Augmented Reality in the classroom and you can read other ways in which I have used it here. It can be a brilliant stimulus in the classroom for writing. Maybe you could explain that some important droid, message or object is hidden in the school and the First Order are desperate to find it and therefore, storm troopers have searched the school. As Jedi Knights, the children must find this message and return it to the resistance! And there is the perfect stimulus to write a purposeful story.
I love the way you can fully immerse yourself into the world and decide where to look. As a stimulus for writing it is fantastic as you have a multisensory approach with sounds along with visuals. The app will also take pictures every time you tap the screen making it easy to collect screenshots as the children can then use these pictures to create a storyboard.
I hope you find these ideas useful and if you use them in class, please tweet/email or share examples on my facebook page!