Ken Burns

[asa_item id="723854283"] The Ken Burns app chronicles important moments in American history by renowned documentary filmmaker Ken Burns. The moments are captured in short videos, and the videos are organized chronologically and labeled by theme. The themes include: Politics, Race, Innovation, Art, Hard Times, and War. In each video, Ken Burn uses original footage, primary documents, and authentic images paired with commentary from Ken Burns himself, experts, and individuals who lived through that moment in history. Ken Burns expertly weaves these elements into a video that tells the tale of American history. This app is a freemium, and users can…

Review Overview

A. Instruction - 5.3
B. Design - 8.8
C. Engagement - 7

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Ken Burns: A Best App for Social Studies

Summary : An eye-opening insight into America by film.

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The Ken Burns app chronicles important moments in American history by renowned documentary filmmaker Ken Burns. The moments are captured in short videos, and the videos are organized chronologically and labeled by theme. The themes include: Politics, Race, Innovation, Art, Hard Times, and War. In each video, Ken Burn uses original footage, primary documents, and authentic images paired with commentary from Ken Burns himself, experts, and individuals who lived through that moment in history. Ken Burns expertly weaves these elements into a video that tells the tale of American history. This app is a freemium, and users can only view the Innovation-themed films for free before having to purchase videos aligned to other themes.

Instructional Ideas

  1. Teachers can couple the videos included in this app while they lead class discussions about specific topics in American history. When playing a video, teachers can require students to respond to it by asking them: (1) In one sentence, summarize the major idea(s) in this video, (2) Explain how the topic of this video impacts modern society, (3) Name three ideas, facts, or concepts mentioned in this video, (4) Explain how this video relates to the topic of our conversation, and (5) Explain this video’s theme.
  2. As an attention-grabber, teachers can instruct students to watch a particular video or set of videos, either individually or as a class, on their iPads. Next, teachers can have students blog a response to the video. In the blog, students can share their thoughts, questions, or what they learned from the video, and post their blog to a class website or Twitter page.
  3. Teachers can introduce a research assignment to students by showing them a video from this app. To do so, teachers must first show the video to their students. Next, students can watch the extended documentary by clicking the “Watch the Film” feature that appears in the top-right of the screen while the video is playing. At this point, teachers can ask students what about the video they found most interesting, important, or what topic they would like to further explore. From these responses, teachers can support students in crafting a research question. Then, students can use search-engine apps (e.g., Google, Bing, or izik) to research their topic, and they can create their research paper using CloudOn, Quick Office, or Pages. Lastly, students can create presentations about their topic using KeyNote or Haiku Deck.
  4. After watching a film piece, teachers can ask students to write a journal entry or letter to a friend from the perspective of somebody who witnessed the event(s) in the film. To add engagement to the writing, students can use the Lifecard app.
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
B8. Media Integration
B9. Cultural Sensitivity

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