These are all great projects and workflows for any classroom for any platform as well as
using them as extenstion projects when working on Sleuth IT cases!
Each project has a summary and overview. Click on the image to visit that project page, access tutorial videos and free downloads.
No sign up or log in is required. Feel free to use these for any project work or workflow in your classroom!
Creating comics is a great, exciting and engaging activity that can be done in Book Creator, Pages, Word, Keynote, Powerpoint, Comic Life and with free online resources. As an activity this can be used anywhere in Sleuth IT game play: A Summary activity for any location, a ‘summing up’ at the end of a case, a re-telling the story activity, a continuous activity throughout the game and of course, in terms of relating a narrative, this activity works in many other areas of the curriculum: History, English literature etc. Comics and Graphic Novels are a really exciting way to engage students with reading and their ability to grab students’ attention and imagination is well known and well documented. There are many great books available on this subject, quite a few of them by Scott McCloud and well worth the time if you want to get into the history and psychology of this art form.
The range of comics / graphic novels available as ‘inspirational models’ is immense from Marvel to Herge’s Tintion Asterix, Shakespearean Manga(!) to The Hobbit complete in graphic novel format.
The Sherlock Club series of games use graphic novels throughout as part of the plot devlopment and resources within the games and we use comic creation projects throughout our games.
Green screen is a cool way of putting your students into the scene of the action and there are some great tools that make this easy to do. Script writing and storyboarding are very much part of
the literacy led activities as part of this workflow. iMovie for iOS and Mac as well as the stunning WeVideo for all platforms are explored here.
Communication and collaboration are very much the order of the day here. Either in the classrom or in the cloud. There are many free solutions available to facilitate students submitting evidence, ideas and comment on each other’s work with an ongoing evidence board. If you are a G Suite user, Keynote or Numbers user than free solutions are at your fingertips!
A short, quick and easy design project with a sprinkle of literacy work thrown in.
We all know effective note taking is a great skill to develop. However, there are many ways of doing this! These project ideas will be useful for up and coming ‘detectives on the case’, and in all other areas of the curriculum,
Bringing together the variety of information around a piece of evidence, a witness, a location is a great, transferable skill for developing 21st century thinking skills.
There are a number of applications that allow students to mark up images, screenshots etc effectively. On iOS its built into Photos, however there are many solutions for other platforms. These are listed on this page with some project examples.
Instant alpha is a wonderful workflow for ‘piecing together’ the evidence, literally! and a useful workflow in many other areas of the curriculum. This project shows you how, which tools are available (all free) and ideas for integrating this technique into the work in our games and your own projects.
A short series of videos with some free video assets from our own games as well as the Myst series of games (with kind permission from Cyan), on composing for video! An exciting extension project with either GarageBand (both iOS and Mac) and Soundtrap for those wishing to compose in the cloud on Android, Windows or Chromebook.