Digital Mysteries: Macbeth's Influences

This is a unique app in allowing pairs to work simultaneously on one iPad with a task designed to encourage discussion in KS4 around the GCSE English Literature topic of Shakespeare.Users are given digital, illustrated slips of information designed to help students unpack and analyse the events leading up to Macbeths decision to become a multiple murderer. They must read these slips, organise them into groups and then sequence them to represent how they came to an answer. This is in response to the main question What are the key influences on the behaviour of Macbeth? There are also additional sub-questions provided which teachers can choose to focus on if required.As students carry out the task together, there are constant grounds for discussion. This further adds to their understanding of the topic as a whole. Retention of information is also a strong point of this app as pupils must look at the same content from two different perspectives grouping it then taking it out of groups to lay in an overall sequence.Following solving the mystery, an automatic PDF report with screenshots and information of the session can be shared or printed. Students can also go through the Reflection Stage in which they playback the process and reflect on their ideas. This can be done alone, with their group, with their teacher or even as a class. It is an excellent way to help develop higher level thinking skills, while at the same time, learning information crucial to exams.This resource is intended to enable students to understand and discuss this popular choice for GCSE assessment, and has three difficulty levels which enables teachers to match the task to different abilities. In the easy setting, there are 12 slips, with more coming in at each level: medium (18) and hard (24). It is suggested that lower abilities could benefit from guidance so they can identify the evidence to support their conclusions about Macbeths motivation. More able students can discuss Macbeths character, but it is hoped that this exercise will help them to evaluate the importance of each factor, and the ways that Macbeths actions and statements reflect the evolution of his character and relationships over the course of the play.Who is this app for?This app works well with those aged 14-16 (KS4). By having three difficulty levels, it supports differentiation in class and can be suited to varying abilities/levels of knowledge. As the difficulty level goes up, more slips are added which develop the students understanding of certain aspects in the play.What is different about Digital Mysteries? Truly collaborative: It is unique in that more than one student can interact with it at once Retention: Working with information slips from two different perspectives (grouping, then fitting them into a sequence) ensures students remember more Higher-level thinking: The multiple discussion points, combined with the tasks open-ended nature, leads to students developing these skills Engagement: Mysteries split bulks of information into short snippets which makes it more digestible, plus working with peers leads to higher engagement levelsWhat does a mystery consist of? Illustrated slips of information: Including facts on the topic alongside story-based snippets about a particular character and their experiences Open question: To maximise the potential of discussion and expression of ideas, the task is usually open ended Extras: Most tasks come with personalised hints for those who need them. E.g. suggestions for grouping or sequencing their slips Description: This gives teachers the information they need to plan their session including the curriculum point each task links to, the advised age range and possible learning outcomesHow can I try other mysteries?At the bottom of the app details tab, tap Developer Apps to view our current range. Many more are coming soon including tasks on poetry, computing and history in KS1-4.
Price USD 1.99
License Purchase
File Size 14.48 MB
Version 3.3
Operating System iOS
System Requirements Compatible with . iTunes account required.