When students ask, “How does that work?” they can easily find out on the JigSpace platform. Using the app (for iOS), students can view step-by-step interactive 3D breakdowns of complex ideas, objects, and phenomena. The app includes a small library of animated 3D graphics with accompanying text that students can explore to learn how certain objects function. After students select a tutorial, such as “How a Piano Works,” the app will scan the surroundings for a flat surface on which it can virtually place the object. Students can then pinch to zoom in on the image and rotate the object to view it from any angle. Currently the app has four sections (history, science, math, and space objects) with 53 tutorials, or “Jigs.” In the soon-to-be-released Jig Workshop, students will be able to create their own Jigs and share them with the world. Cost: Free
Works of art are special kinds of historical sources that spark inquiry in the classroom in remarkable ways. Developed by educators at the Art Institute of Chicago, Art + History is an innovative method for using art as a primary source for historical inquiry.
Hamilton and The Gilder Lehrman Institute (GLI) of America have launched #EduHam at Home, a free digital program for students and their families to explore the world of the Pulitzer Prize–winning musical and America’s founding era.