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Washing DC – the Capital of the Free World

Washington DC is the capitol of the United States, and for many people, the capital of the free world. The original Capital of the US founded in 1791, based on designs by the French architect Pierre Charles L'Enfant. As befitting a French architect, many of the Capital's original buildings were in a grand European style and later and newer structures maintained a design consistency.

Despite being a relative \\\"new\\\" capital, Washington DC packs into a small area of some 177 square kilometers a tremendous amount of history and culture and includes the White House and Capitol building, the Smithsonian Institute, many Federal offices and agencies and some of the US's most famous memorials such as the Lincoln and Jefferson memorials as well as a huge open space known as the National Mall.

Washington DC Apps in the classroom

I've been bring groups of Junior High kids to DC for the past 10 years. We would spend a day walking from one location to another and the kids would listen (or not) to my explanation. One of the biggest problems has always been the kid's preparation for the trip. Then I got my IPhone and discovered a whole host of apps just for the DC visitor. This changed my whole concept of the field trip and the student's attitudes to homework assignments.

Now, a week or so before the trip, I get the kids to download some apps for their IPhone/IPad – these can include the excellent Smithsonian app, the Washington D.C. Map and Walking Tours app (lite, free version) and even the Washington Post app. I then set them assignments, based on the apps. Some are for completion before the field trip; others can only be done whilst actually at the site. What is even more important is that the children now show a whole lot more interest than ever before because they relate to the platform on their mobile phone. It makes learning fun and interactive, they can use their IPhone to Google more info and even send me texts to ask questions or get some advice.

Obviously, I only ask my students to get free apps. But some of them really get caught up in their assignments and download commercial apps like the Lonely Planet Washington DC app or the full Washington D.C. Map and Walking Tours app. I've even had parents mail me or call me up to say how great it is to see their children using their IPhone for something other than Twitter or texting.

The next step

Following the great success of the Washington DC app idea, we're now apps for a whole lot of other subjects and projects at school. So far, the response has been fantastic. I'll keep you updated!

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