Over the past half term, I have been working with a Year 4 cohort. I wanted to see whether using the iPad as a tool would engage children with older literature and provide them with tools to create their own versions. Using one of Shakespeare's most famous plays 'Romeo and Juliet,' the students read the story, created freezeframes, turned these into comic strips and created short videos and animations to help retell the story. This media was then linked to their comic strips to create interactive digital comics that have been proudly shared on our school blog.
The level of engagement towards this project from the children has been incredible. Their level of understanding of the plot and characters is impressive. We even had a visitor from New Zealand, keen to see our iPads in action, blown away by the enthusiasm and knowledge of the children. Here is a video of the project -
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Watch the video below for an outline of the course -