Think Like Churchill by Touch Press is an app for iOS that lets students stand in the shoes of Winston Churchill as he faces some of the most difficult and challenging dilemmas in history. At the end of each scenario, students’ decisions are dissected and analyzed to help them understand how to become a better decision maker. Each scenario immerses students in a different pivotal moment in Churchill’s life. Some dilemmas are personal, some are controversial, and some helped shape the fate of the world. Throughout the app, students have access to Churchill’s own thoughts and writings, the advice of his friends and colleagues, as well as rare archival material, including intelligence reports, private letters, telegraphs, and briefing documents. After making their decision, students discover how closely it matches Churchill’s. Cost: $4.99
By the time students reach high school, they have fully embraced a particular idea of themselves as a learner. I frequently hear students say things like “I’m not good at math,” “reading is too hard,” or “I don’t do well on tests.” These comments are made by bright young people who are too young to give up. What I know for certain is that they want and need a teacher to tell them they are wrong.
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.