The Spacecraft Icarus, returning from a fact finding mission to the moons of Jupiter and Saturn, suddenly vanished from all tracking systems and remained lost in space for 8 months.
It has finally re-appeared, re-entering the Earth’s atmosphere without incident, although its Commander, Captain Morris, lies dead in his sleep pod. What caused the Icarus to stray from its course? Was this a computer malfunction, a collision in space, or did someone have good reason to want to redirect the ship elsewhere? Do you have what it takes to solve the case?
Join the staff of the Universal Earth Space Agency as they try and piece together the Icarus’s last journey, and the fate of its Captain; locate and examine evidence; search the dead man’s quarters; check the ship’s manual; visit other locations and search them for clues; evaluate the suspects and their statements; get to the bottom of inconsistencies and anomalies and work out what really happened.
The following Sleuth IT games; Master Chef, SOLAR, The Case of the Mummy’s Curse, A Riddle of Rome and Film Star Fatality have SL, (Supported Learning) versions included. This means that students can access either version of the game from the Sleuth IT app. The SL version uses simpler English with a reduced vocabulary throughout the game. In addition, further differentiated resources, eg: simpler journals, newspaper articles, etc are supplied on the USB drive in different formats (usually Book Creator and Keynote). These games are ideal for:
Students with English as a second language
and can be used with this in mind from Primary through to Secondary students
All of the games listed above are in the Primary Collection making them extremely good value. All Primary games have two versions supplied, the regular game and supported learning version, triiggered simultaneously by the iBeacons for differentiated learning.
A Whole Term’s Work
Each Sleuth IT game comes with a full term’s worth of resource materials for the teacher and student. A Teacher’s Guide, Student Dossier, and all lessons and projects, project files and resources for the whole term are supplied in the Sleuth IT box.
A key element of Sleuth IT games is the differentiated resources for students at all levels.
Because children learn at different rates, and have different levels of ability, all our KeyStage 2 games (the Primary Collection) are supplied with two versions of the same adventure - one at a level suitable for challenged readers, children who require more support, or for whom English is an additional language. In the Supported Learning version, the story, evidence and outcome are the same, but the language is simpler and more accessible. Both games can be played alongside each other, so the whole class can work and learn together, at whichever level they need.
All scenes, documents and supporting files are supplied on the Sleuth IT USB drive in a variety of formats enabling the iPad read to me function to be accessed.
The Sleuth IT dossier is in Book Creator and Keynote formats, taking students through every aspect of the game, typically scaffolding the whole term’s work.
Using a white board application to explain computational thinking to solve aspects of the game
Using Book Creator, Pages or Keynote to create a comic based on the game (SOLAR)
Creating a news report ‘on location’. 10 high quality images are supplied from the game for this purpose
Creating and using a spreadsheet in Numbers to collate information for all the evidence at the scene of the crime (Film Star Fatality)
Creating a map of the Back Streets of Rome using Padlet Lite or Keynote (template supplied)
Using Pages to create a front page news article (a template is supplied in the resources folder on the Sleuth IT USB drive)
Creating an evidence wall as a collaborative project for collating data with Padlet or Numbers
The Sleuth IT teacher’s guide is a comprehensive step by step reference that comes with every game and covers:
- Setting up student iPads
- How to use the resources throughout the term
- All aspects and details of the game
- Different scenarios for using the iBeacons
- Clues (when needed!)
- Curriculum mapping
- Technical suggestions where needed (example using Green screen apps)