How I Use It
Artifact Snatch can be used in two ways -- as a timed matching game, or as a kid-friendly visual encyclopedia of Roman artifacts. In game mode, students match the name of an item with its image. Each round is timed, and the number of options to choose from increases as the round progresses. Students can compete against themselves to improve the number of matches they can make, or to beat a classmate's score. The game can be played without reading any of the the artifact descriptions, and most students are likely to use it this way. But Artifact Snatch is also a nice catalog of items from Roman daily life with short but helpful descriptions of how they were used. Students can click on each artifact picture to learn more about it, but if your students are like mine, they will need some encouragement/direction to do so.
The game mode is fun for kids, but would be even more helpful if it presented the artifact description after each match, or at very least for the ones students get wrong. The app could serve as a nice introduction to life in ancient Rome, or as a reference for some basic research. Links to more detailed information outside the app would also extend the learning.