Revolutionaries of the Past Century

[ios_app id="538001579"] Revolutionaries of the Past Century illustrates the parallels between revolutionary leaders and their contributions to history over the previous 100+ years. Users can navigate between comparable revolutionary leaders through a bubble navigation system. Bubbles that house descriptors connected to each revolutionary leader surround him or her. By swiping through, users can view each revolutionary leader’s descriptors—such as profession, religion, nationality, political/social change platforms, types of activism, etc.—and navigate to an interactive collection of analogous revolutionary leaders based on the selected descriptor. Using the timeline, users can browse incidents of all types from 1896 to 2012, and research each revolutionary leader.…

Review Overview

A. Instruction - 5.7
B. Design - 7.7
C. Engagement - 7

6.8

Summary : An eye-opening app for illustrating similarities between revolutionary leaders of the 20th Century!

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Revolutionaries of the Past Century illustrates the parallels between revolutionary leaders and their contributions to history over the previous 100+ years. Users can navigate between comparable revolutionary leaders through a bubble navigation system. Bubbles that house descriptors connected to each revolutionary leader surround him or her. By swiping through, users can view each revolutionary leader’s descriptors—such as profession, religion, nationality, political/social change platforms, types of activism, etc.—and navigate to an interactive collection of analogous revolutionary leaders based on the selected descriptor. Using the timeline, users can browse incidents of all types from 1896 to 2012, and research each revolutionary leader. The app’s process of navigation through descriptors provides users with perpetual cycle of research, learning, and analysis.

Users can read about each revolutionary leader’s background, life’s work, and historical impact. Supplementing this text, the app provides audio of the revolutionary leader delivering a speech or an audio file explaining the revolutionary leader’s historical impact. Each revolutionary leader is accompanied by a key quote for which he or she is known, as well as links to further information in the form of videos, text, and audio that open in the user’s browser.

Instructional Ideas

  1. Teachers can instruct students to create a Venn Diagram on two revolutionary leaders. One will be a revolutionary leader whom the teacher has covered in class; the contrasting revolutionary leader will be one whom the student discovered by navigating through the app. The student will then research the revolutionary leader and the definitions for the terms associated with him or her in order to place these terms in the correct area of the Venn Diagram.
  2. Teachers can incorporate this app into a research projects that specifically target revolutionary leaders. Some example research questions about revolutions and revolutionary leaders include: How has a cause or social movement unfolded differently in different parts of the world? Through what methods have different revolutionary leaders sought to realize their goals, and how were these methods similar or dissimilar?
  3. The teacher will assign a cause, movement, or ideology covered in the app. Each student will use the app to jumpstart research and discover more information about his or her topic. Using the links provided by the app, as well as primary and secondary sources, students will investigate the key revolutionary leaders associated with their assigned cause, movement, or ideology, and craft a response to the prompt. To gain a further understanding of the topic, students will use Google Earth to view the different parts of the world where the revolutions took place, or Encyclopedia Britannica to conduct further research about the topic.
  4. Repeating History Speech: Philosopher George Santayana once famously wrote, “Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.” In relation to this quote, the teacher can assign pairs of students a revolution covered in the app. Using the timeline feature, students would navigate the app and search for two moments when this type of revolution was mirrored in history. Teachers can require students to verbally present their findings to the class, or they can have students compose a piece of writing that explains how the two events mirror the previous one.
A1. Rigor
A2. 21st Century Skills
A3. Conn. to Future Learning
A4. Value of Errors
A5. Feedback to Teacher
A6. Level of Material
A7. Cooperative Learning
A8. Accom. of Individual Diff.
B1. Ability to Save Progress
B2. Platform Integration
B3. Screen Design
B4. Ease of Use
B5. Navigation
B6. Goal Orientation
B7. Information Presentation
B8. Media Integration
B9. Cultural Sensitivity
C1. Learner Control
C2. Interactivity
C3. Pace
C4. Flexibility
C5. Interest
C6. Aesthetics
C7. Utility

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