Sunday, February 15, 2009

What's In Your Family Tree?

A great way to help students understand character analysis is to have them create a family tree. This can be done with historical characters (King Henry VIII) or fictional characters (Harry Potter). Family-Mingle is an app for creating family trees. It's a great (free, of course) app, and the educational value is when you bring it into the classroom and have students contribute and build the same tree. In this segment from PalmBreezeCAFE, I show you how I would use it to teach Romeo and Juliet where each student would contribute to the family tree as a different character.

What do you think?



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3 comments:

Chris Webb said...

Great episode! One of my teachers does the usual "Family Tree Project" with poster boards and such, and this coming school year he has vowed to take the whole project digital. Family-Mingle will certainly help! I'm hoping he can even work in the "collaborative" aspects of the app, so the students' relatives can help them build the tree! Thanks for reviewing this app!

Familytreeservice said...

what a wonderful thing to do. whilst not a teacher, I am a genealogist and I think this is a great way to show kids that family trees can be interesting. well done!

Patti Harju said...

Great episode. Thanks for the link! Can't wait to explore this new app.