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
Each month we publish blogs and several newsletters full of digital learning, funding, professional growth, social media, and STEM resources. Below are items from our blogs and newsletters that educators turned to the most in December.
Sponsored by TheGilder Lehrman Institute of American History, the Dear George Washington Contest encourages elementary students to imagine the United States at its founding by composing a letter to President George Washington from the point of view of a person attending his first inauguration.
Facing History and Ourselves offers a teaching idea that uses images to help students connect emotionally to the experiences of individuals and groups who choose or are forced to leave their homelands and who place their wellbeing and safety into the hands of others.