At some point over the summer I came across an app called Murder Files. I've no idea how I found it, but am so glad I looked into it! I'm using the program to kick off our mystery unit which I utilize to teach foreshadowing, logic, deductive reasoning, and more cross-curricular learning. My only complaint about the program is that we have to assign iPads by block so that students can pick up where they left off the class period before. That means I have up to five students gathered around a small device rather than each of them getting to complete the puzzles presented. I know I have a hit on my hands because all the students are begging to play; they are working out who gets to hold and operate the device; they are correcting one another as they try to solve the puzzles which involve math, listening skills, visual acuity, and more. For administrators who question the validity of apps, many are fluff and pointless, but some - such as this one are highly valuable. Check it out!
I am a thinker, an analyzer, a searcher of meaning. These are my musings as I piece together my understanding of the world I inhabit.