Amazing Olympic Stories
How much do students really know about the Games?
A range of multi-media textbooks for iPad takes students on a fascinating journey through history
AMAZING OLYMPIC STORIES – available now in Apple’s iBookstore
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Britain is ready and has been preparing for years. The torch is on the move and ticket sales are being finalized as the UK remains poised to receive 4 million visitors and become centre stage for “The Greatest Show on Earth.”
However, while everyone knows they are coming, most people know very little about the history of the Games and how it grew from an event in Olympia, Greece in 776 BC to become the global celebration that it is today.
A fascinating new range of multi-media textbooks for iPad from The Amazing People Club is tackling this and aims to help students understand the history of the Games. Three new interactive titles are launching in Apple’s iBookStore later this month that will introduce and celebrate some of the most amazing people through Olympic history.
These interactive textbooks feature amazing photos from Olympics past, as well as interactive quizzes and audio stories that offer unique insights on the Games. In addition to this, avatar software features throughout and enables students to come “face to face” with characters including Socrates in Ancient Greece talking about the first Olympic Games, Oscar Swahn, the oldest Olympian who competed in the Antwerp Games at the age of 72 and Jesse Owens who broke racial barriers and records when he took 4 gold medals at the Olympic Games in Berlin in 1936.
These textbooks are developed using iBooks Author, a new app that was launched by Apple in January.
Dr Charles Margerison, an international psychologist and author of the series, said “Students can learn a great deal from how top athletes deal with winning and losing, which is important, as their lives will depend on how well they compete. Charlotte Cooper was the first woman to win an Olympic event in 1900. George Eyser won six gymnastic medals, despite having the disability of an amputated leg. They both had to be competitive to succeed outside the Olympics as well as at the Games. In this way, students can learn a lot from Amazing Olympians, about the mental attitude that is needed to compete both on and off the track.”
The Amazing People Club publishes iTextbook, eBook and audio titles that offer students unique insights into the exploits, achievements and motivations of some of the world’s most inspirational figures including Leonardo da Vinci, Shakespeare, Marie Curie, Mozart, Florence Nightingale, Michelangelo, Charles Darwin and Albert Einstein. These stories, written in the first person, explore the lives of a huge range of amazing people as though they are giving personal interviews. In addition, the Amazing Cities range offers a world tour of cities including London, Paris, New York and Sydney where amazing people, who lived in these cities, become personal historical tour guides.
Free lesson plans that support the series are available to educators ahead of the Games. Visit www.amazingpeopleclub.com/education to access and learn more. Amazing Olympians is also available in eBook and digital audio formats from The Amazing People Club. Their vast library of digital content can be accessed through major online book outlets including Amazon and iTunes.
“In an age when immediate fame and celebrity are cynically dangled to fuel the hopes and visions of children and young people, the Amazing People Club’s resources are a refreshing reminder of the power of role models to inspire the young.”
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Dave Jones, Pearson, Headteacher of the North, 2008, Nominated Headteacher of the Year 2009.