Constitution for iPad: An App for American History
Summary : If You’re Teaching the Constitution, You Need this App
Constitution for iPad contains three options on the bottom of the screen that lets users read the complete text of the Constitution, see an index of the individuals who signed it, or view the famous painting titled Scene at the Signing of the Constitution of the United States. When viewing the complete text, users can tap the “Menu” button on the top left of the screen and tap the section of the Constitution that they wish to read. Then, they can either read the complete text of the section or notes about it by choosing the option at the top of the screen. Users can tap the “Signer” button on the bottom of the screen to see the list of people who signed their name to the Constitution, and information about each individual is available in the app. Users can also tap the “Painting” button to view the historical scene of the Constitution’s signing, and they can tap the “Show Guide” button that labels who the individuals in the painting are, or tap the “View Details” button to read about the painting.
- Teachers can assign students each a different section of the Constitution to summarize in a sentence or create an image that represents its meaning. Summaries can be composed in the Documents Free, Hanx Writer, or WPS Office app, and images can be created in the Pic Collage, iBrainstorm, or Educreations app. Summaries and images can be shared on a class website to form a condensed version of the Constitution.
- After reading about how the Scene at the Signing of the Constitution of the United States was researched and then painted, teachers could assign students other historical moments to research and create a picture to represent. Students will need to model the research that went into the painting of the Constitution’s signing as they conduct their own research. After students create their picture, they can be required to summarize the research they did to create it.
- Teachers can assign students to research an individual who signed the Constitution, and this app can serve as a springboard to that assignment. Students can compose a traditional research essay or create a presentation using the Prezi, PowerPoint, or Slide Idea apps to list that research.
- After reading and learning about the Constitution using this app, teachers can have students analyze it by deciding which articles and amendments are the most important. Students can make arguments that explain why some sections may be more or less important than other sections. Teachers can then arrange a class debate in which students discuss the importance of the sections and have students debate the importance of their section.
|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|
|B6. Goal Orientation|
|B7. Information Presentation|
|B8. Media Integration|
|B9. Cultural Sensitivity|
|C1. Learner Control|