CHILDREN at a school in Somerset recently (July, 2017) took part in an interactive murder mystery investigation session to help with their literacy and problem-solving skills.
Year six pupils at St Mary’s School in Bridgwater spent time solving the new Master Chef Murder mystery developed by Murder Inc using iBeacon technology.
Joe Moretti, Director at Murder Inc, said: “The Master Chef Murder box is a simplified murder mystery investigation we have developed, which is suitable for use in the classroom and is aligned to the National Curriculum attainment targets for literacy.
“We were thrilled to have the pupils from St Mary’s School give it a go. They were put into teams and given an iPad, which allowed them to view the case and all the information needed to solve it, including an inspector’s briefing, interviews with characters, video, documentary evidence and some interactive puzzles that needed to be cracked before evidence was revealed.
“They had great fun trying to solve the mystery and in doing so, were improving their literacy, critical thinking, problem-solving and ICT skills.”
Each murder mystery is fully contained within its own set of iBeacons, which are portable, easy to set up, and can be used anywhere, time and time again. A wifi connection is required to initially download the murder mystery app, but once installed all the information is available offline, with no further access to wi-fi required. This allows it to be played across a variety of locations.
Joe added: “Although fun and engaging for students, our iBeacon Murder Mysteries for schools also address many of the key elements of the Key Stage two curriculum, including reading for understanding, problem solving, critical thinking, secondary skills, working with others, evaluating information, communication and comprehension.”
Joe, who is Murder Inc’s technical expert, is an Independent Learning Consultant with more than 35 years teaching experience, who has delivered successful workshops and keynotes in 45 countries in the field of technology in education.
He has taught directly in the classroom in schools, colleges and at university for more than 25 years before becoming an independent education consultant. During this time he progressed from being a music education specialist to embracing Music Technology before becoming an Apple Distinguished Educator while at Bath Spa University. He has continued teaching in the classroom at all levels in schools and colleges in more than 40 countries.
His continued interest in the use of new technologies has led to a number of projects focused on the integration of technology in the teaching space and he has developed and released several applications on the iTunes store. Joe’s interest in iBeacons began with Apple’s development of this new technology in 2013 and his book, iBeacon Projects focuses on their use in schools.
Fi Moretti is Murder Inc’s script writer and has published several English Literature study guides and interactive multi-media presentations.
Derek Nevell, Deputy Headteacher at St Mary’s School in Bridgwater, said: “We would like to thank Joe and Murder Inc for the opportunity to try out the Master Chef Murder box. The children really enjoyed it and it enabled them to develop a wide range of skills that they probably didn’t realise they were using.”
The Master Chef Murder mystery box contains a USB flash drive holding 10 lesson plans and ways in which content can be used, an introductory video tutorial outlining everything needed to know how to set up the iBeacons, brief students and set the game afoot, an introductory power point, keynote and pdf files to start a scheme of work, various ways in which evidence can be submitted, the solution to the murder mystery in video format presented by the Inspector leading the case, app resource guidance documents and creative content suggestions.
The Master Chef Murder mysery box can be purchased from www.murder-inc.co.uk. Users will also need to download the free app for iOS.
Murder Inc began in 2016 when Joe and Fi Moretti produced their first mystery as an ice-breaker for a corporate event Joe was hosting. This went down so well they were asked to produce others for similar events in the UK and Europe.
For further details or to purchase a murder mystery package, please visit www.murder-inc.co.uk. Alternatively, you can follow on Facebook via https://goo.gl/u6Tfk8 or Twitter @murderincjm.
Porcupine PR team