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What are Digital Mysteries for the iPad?

They are unique apps allowing pairs to work simultaneously on one iPad. Tasks come in various subjects and are mapped to the National Curriculum of England. Users are given an open question and illustrated slips of information which they must read and organise (with tools; groups, notes and sticky tape) to help them answer it. Please see below for the list of apps, ranging from those aimed at KS1-KS4.

What is different about Digital Mysteries?

  • Truly collaborative: It is unique in that more than one student can interact with it at once
  • Record of learning: Students interact and have fun with exciting technology then they can share/print a PDF report of their session
  • Cross-curricular: Mysteries come in various topics plus many are cross-curricular in themselves
  • Speaking and listening: Due to its collaborative nature, each session aligns to this plus ‘group discussion and interaction’.
  • Reflection: Students can playback and discuss their sessions, emphasising the importance of the process as well as the answer.
  • Research: We’ve done years of academic research on how to make the most of touch screens for learning, especially collaboration

What mysteries are available on the App Store?

Remembrance - KS1/2

Question: Why did Sarah attend the Remembrance service?
Subject: History
Topics: War, poppy, service, history, remembrance, armistice
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Amy - KS1/Y2

Question: Why didn’t Amy come to school today?
Subject: PSHE/English
Topics: PSHE, Citizenship, Relationships, English
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Bob’s Algorithm - KS2

Question: Can you write Bob’s algorithm in one line and show what the password will be for a different name and website?
Subject: Computing
Topics: Logical Reasoning, Algorithms, Variables, Passwords, Digital Literacy
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Captain Quint - KS2

Question: Did Captain Quint and his crew make it round the world in 50 days?
Subject: Maths
Topics: Addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, fractions, percentages, statistics, measurement
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Cup and ring marks - KS2

Question: Why did Neolithic and Bronze Age people carve cup and ring marks into rock?
Subject: History
Topics: Neolithic, Bronze Age, traditions, pre-history
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Jenny’s Shadow - KS2

Question: Why did Jenny lose her shadow?
Subject: Science/English
Topics: The everyday effects of light; Periodic changes; Group discussion and interaction
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King Ted - KS2

Question: Who killed King Ted?
Subject: Maths
Topics: Mental methods addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, comparing, calculations
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Marble land - KS2

Question: What path did you have to take to get to your character’s treasure and what is the secret code to unlock it?
Subject: Computing/Maths
Topics: Variables, sequences, selection
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Pip the dog - KS2

Question: Should Emma be allowed to keep Pip?
Subject: PSHE/English/Science
Topics: Confidence and responsibility, Citizenship, Group discussion and interaction
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Santiago de Compostela - KS2

Question: Why did Sarah visit Santiago de Compostela?
Subject: RE/Spanish/Geography
Topics: pilgrimage, journey, holiday, Spain, Spanish, religion, Christianity, St James, Catholic
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The Roman retreat from Hadrian’s Wall - KS2

Question: Why did Maximus leave Hadrian’s Wall?
Subject: History/English/PSHE
Topics: Romans, Hadrian’s Wall, Empire, fort, Maximus
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Theo in Ancient Greece - KS2

Question: What is Theo most proud of about Ancient Greece?
Subject: History
Topics: Ancient Greece
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Trev the Triff - KS2

Question: Should Trev hire the new machine or stick with the old one?
Subject: Maths
Topics: Addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, multi-step problem, averages
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Vincent van Gogh - KS2

Question: Why did Vincent lose his ear?
Subject: Art/English
Topics: Great artists in history, Vincent van Gogh, Paul Gauguin, Group discussion and interaction
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WAN Island - KS2

Question: What is the best way, or combination of ways to 1) send a warning from Peer Village to Hub Village? 2) send an invitation from Nap Village to Ack Village where they need a yes/no reply?
Subject: Computing
Topics: Network, protocol, communication, router, messaging
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Where does Pebbles live? - KS2

Question: Where does Pebbles live?
Subject: Science, English
Topics: Evolution, Inheritance, Animals, Humans, Group discussion, Group interaction
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Why did Tyke Turner steal? - KS2

Question: Why did Tyke Turner steal?
Subject: Citizenship, English, PSHE
Topics: Health, Safety, Lifestyle, Development, Character, Group Discussion, Interaction
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1933 German Election - KS3

Question: Hans Fassbender is an ordinary German worker who lives in Hamburg in 1933. Why would he vote for Hitler's Nazi party?
Subject: History/English
Topics: Germany, German, Vote, Election, Hitler, Nazi, 1933, Enabling Act
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Animal Farm - KS3

Question: How do the pigs take control of Animal Farm at the time of the Rebellion and its aftermath?
Subject: English
Topics: Literature, Politics, Authority, Power, Manipulation, Revolt, Mutiny, Communism
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Browser-based vs. stand-alone - KS3

Question: Should the team make a browser-based application with JavaScript and HTML or a stand-alone application (needs to be installed) with C++, and why?
Subject: Computing
Topics: Programming Languages
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Search Algorithms - KS3

Question: Which method do you think is better for finding books at the new library in the school?
Subject: Computing
Topics: Search Algorithms
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Spanish Exploration and Conquest - KS3

Question: Why did young Spaniards like Pablo Abrantes join voyages of exploration to the New World, which led eventually to the control by Spain of most of South America?
Subject: History
Topics: Exploration, Conquest, Explorers, New World, Conquistadors
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The Fire of Faydale - KS3

Question: Who do you think started the fire and why?
Subject: Computing
Topics: Boolean Logic
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UK Election 2015 - KS3

Question: Where should Grace Feng put her cross on May 7th and why?
Subject: PSHE, Politics
Topics: elections, debate, Conservatives, Labour, Liberal Democrats, UKIP
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WW1 Trenches - KS3

Question: Were the physical or the mental dangers faced by soldiers in the trenches of World War One more serious?
Subject: History/English
Topics: WW1, Soldier, Obituary, Trenches
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Jesus Crucifixion - KS3/4

Question: Why is Jesus crucifixion significant?
Subject: RE
Topics: Christianity, Jesus, Easter, Crucifixion, Bible
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A Midsummer Night’s Dream - KS3/KS4

Question: Which of the characters in ’A Midsummer Night’s Dream’ possess the most power?
Subject: English/Drama
Topics: Literature, Shakespeare, Love, Enchantment, Comedy, Relationships, Play
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Boscastle Flooding - KS3/KS4

Question: Why is Colin facing his worst fears?
Subject: Geography
Topics: Flooding, Society, Economy, Nature, Environment, Climate, Causes
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Chugley Film Club - KS3/KS4

Question: Which film would be suitable for Mr. Spine to show at the next ‘Film Evening’ and why?
Subject: Media
Topics: Film Festival, Audience, Genres, Education, Marketing, Industry
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Earthquake (Haiti case study) - KS3/KS4

Question: Why was the Haiti Earthquake in 2010 so devastating for the country?
Subject: Geography
Topics: Nature, Earthquake, Disaster, Society, Economy, Poverty, Causes
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Flooding in Bangladesh - KS3/KS4

Question: Why is Saied struggling to pay his house insurance?
Subject: Geography
Topics: Flooding, Nature, Disaster, Effects, Environment, Society, Delta, LEDC
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Romeo And Juliet - KS3/KS4

Question: How and why does the fight in Act Three Scene One of ‘Romeo and Juliet’ escalate into such a serious incident?
Subject: English
Topics: Literature, Opposites, Contrasts, Feuds, Tragedy, Love, Shakespeare, Romance
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Volcanic Eruption - KS3/KS4

Question: Why is Fidel on a flight to London?
Subject: Geography
Topics: Nature, Disaster, Hazard, Effects
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Alcohol Prohibition in the USA - KS4

Question: Why was Prohibition felt to be necessary in The USA in 1919, and then repealed in 1933?
Subject: History
Topics: US History, Law, Society, Economy, Politics
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China Population - KS4

Question: Why is Stan Lui still looking for a girlfriend?
Subject: Geography
Topics: Population, Effects, Fertility, Society, Sexism, Prejudice
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Macbeth’s Influences - KS4

Question: What are the key influences on the behaviour of Macbeth?
Subject: English
Topics: Macbeth, Shakespeare, GCSE, Influences, Witches, Bravery, Theatre, Drama
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Mark's Representation of Miracles - KS4

Question: Why are miracle stories an important feature of Mark’s Gospel?
Subject: Religious Education
Topics: Christianity
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Roaring Twenties - KS4/KS5

Question: Were the ‘Roaring Twenties’ a good time to be alive in America?
Subject: History
Topics: America, Literature, 20th Century, Racism, Industry, Media, Community
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