Technology Shared

Following our recent work at the “Making IT Right” conference 2013 I decided to add a new page to our blog so that we can share the discoveries we have made in the big wide world of ICT! This is what worked for us and may not be right for you or your setting but please feel free to use it as a springboard or a source of inspiration!

We love to share our experiences, please feel free to email (angelathresh@gmail.com) for advice, support or with comments. Prearranged visits are always welcome to Wawne, our pupils love to teach teachers!

Similarly we are able to come to your school and make suggestions as to your next step in integrating iPads & other ICT elements into your curriculum. (Please note we are not IT technicians, we just know what works for us at the chalk face!)

We have been using iPads for just over a year and although we are still finding our feet with in some areas, we have “tried & tested” apps that work well in the classroom, that pupils engage with, are applicable through the key stages and that have produced quality work.

In May 2013 we will be making the move to using Configurator and VPP – please come back soon to see how I got on, if only for the entertainment value!

 

Apps – I have started to list the apps we use regularly, how we use them, what the benefits are and any tips. It is a work in progress so please be patient!

Morfo Booth
Bring any still image to life by adding your own voice and changing it’s emotions, features and adding characteristics. Import an image of Barnaby Bear, Kensuke or a Viking, (or take a photograph with the iPad camera)  and record your voice, add effects and export to Photos. This video can then be added to, for example, iMovie or a iBook maker such as (CBB – Creative Book Builder) as part of a larger project.
Also try bringing inanimate objects to life, my class enjoyed making fruit talk during a healthy eating project!
I will add video links soon showing some of our work.
 
 
Mad Pad
Essentially a visual music app in which you record several short videos of a sound. They are then embedded in an array and can be “played” like drums. Sounds odd but amazingly simple to make and so effective. Foundation recorded seaside noises (running water, spade being banged, sand swishing, seagulls etc) then had to guess what sound the teacher tapped on when they couldn’t see the screen. Year 2 made junk music by recording rustling bags and paper tearing. I envision it being used in Phonics and foreign languages, bringing poetry or Geography to life as well as the obvious music sessions.
This You Tube video, although not education based, demonstrates the idea of its use:
http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=EOKvI_y76AI&feature=fvwrel
Thanks to Tom Dines at the Whitehouse Unit in Hull for this suggestion.
 

Socrative – free voting app but with a lot of potential. Imagine posing a question and knowing what every student was going to say…and having a written record of it to inform planning and progress!Imagine no longer…

There is a separate app for the teacher and one for the pupils (it’s called student). It’s fantastic for prepared quizes, tests and opinion gathering as well as ad hoc sessions with the added ability to vote for the best answer.

As i cant reflect my iPad onto the IWB, I log into the website on my teacher computer and display the live results or share the final results. There is the option to download results as an Excel grid or email it to yourself. 

 

iStopMotion – A stop/start animation app, so simple to use with quick results. However with props, backgrounds & perseverance has the potential for amazing productions! Prior use has included animating poetry, healthy eating It has a time-lapse function ideal for Science experiments, research, Geography research and much more.

Creative Book Builder (CBB) – What to do with all the work children produce on iPads or with ICT…how to share it not forget about it…make a book, well an iBook! This is the app we use to combine different elements such as text, images, videos (including animations & films made in iStopMotion, Morfo Booth and iMovie) web links, You Tube videos and so much more. When finished they can be exported to iBooks, converted to a mobile web app or uploaded to an email, Dropbox and Google Drive amongst many other options. 

At it most simple CBB can be just a chapter of work, but develop this with older children to add different chapters and a glossary and a front cover.  

Use Dropbox to combine work from different iPads and computers.

 

Dropbox –  I describe this as a memory stick in the sky!

This app has become essential to us, we use it to upload items from an iPad and download it to another iPad or computer and visa versa. After a couple of lessons pupils are now fluent in it’s use, know the email/password by heart and have taught staff to use it too!

There maybe other ways to move elements around but up to now this has been the easiest, its free and work is then backed up! I clear the memory every half term to keep storage levels down. 

Additional memory is easy to “earn”.

From my personal Dropbox account I have created shared folders into which I add staff meeting minutes. one quick email invites staff to join. Similarly I can use this method to share items with pupils in the class account.

 

Prezi – creates beautiful presentations with eases 

A beautiful alternative to PowerPoint or Smart. To be honest you can’t create a Prezi from scratch with the app but you can edit them. Use the website, create a free login and sha it with your class, as a Web 2.0 tool or iPad app I’m very impressed!

 

Creative Book Builder (CBB)

What to do with all the work children produce on iPads or with ICT…how to share it not forget about it…make a book, well an iBook! This is the app we use to combine different elements such as text, images, videos (including animations & films made in iStopMotion, Morfo Booth and iMovie) web links, You Tube videos and so much more. When finished they can be exported to iBooks, converted to a mobile web app or uploaded to an email, Dropbox and Google Drive amongst many other options. 

At it most simple CBB can be just a chapter of work, but develop this with older children to add different chapters and a glossary and a front cover.  

Use Dropbox to combine work from different iPads and computers.

 

Dropbox 

 I describe this as a memory stick in the sky!

This app has become essential to us, we use it to upload items from an iPad and download it to another iPad or computer and visa versa. After a couple of lessons pupils are now fluent in it’s use, know the email/password by heart and have taught staff to use it too!

There maybe other ways to move elements around but up to now this has been the easiest, its free and work is then backed up! 

I clear the memory every half term to keep storage levels down. 

Additional memory is easy to “earn”.

From my personal Dropbox account I have created shared folders into which I add staff meeting minutes. one quick email invites staff to join. Similarly I can use this method to share items with pupils in the class account. app but you can 

 

iMovie

Number Line

Practical / Infrastructure Tips!

•Ensure your WiFi is the best it can be, it’s essential for smooth iPad use.
•Focus on a new app for a while – make some children “experts” with it – use them to share the potential with other pupils and staff.
•Staff training – more on this soon.
 
Some iPad functions that are handy to use:
Screenshot – press the On/Off button at the same time as the Home button. The screen flashes and you can hear a camera shutter – the screenshot will appear in the Photos Camera Roll. 


Non iPad ideas!
 
Green screening videos 
Prezi
Excel – under rated and under used in my opinion!
 

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