The General Election in the UK is fast approaching and many schools are using it as a theme in next term's lessons. I am beginning to map out a few activities I plan on carrying out with my classes next term using iPads.
Annotating Political Party Web-Sites using Explain Everything Explain Everything allows you open up a web-browser within it. The annotation tools could then be used by pupils to highlight certain language styles and key words in political party websites that would be useful in their own campaign. Explain Everything can be found here https://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/explain-everything/id431493086?mt=8&uo=4&at=11lIT4
QR Codes in Manifesto Posters Pupils can create manifesto posters but to really connect with their audience they could add a QR codes with short sound bites. Croak It App allows pupils to record a 30 second audio clip which then creates a web-lnk. This could be attached to a QR Code generator such as http://www.qrstuff.com/
Pre-Campaign Voting and Election Results Quizzam is quick and easy polling app where the teacher can quickly take the answers from a multiple choice question. The results are shown as a graph. A vote could be taken prior to the campaigns and then again afterwards as a comparison of how effective each campaign has been. Quizzam can be found here https://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/quizzam!/id529962644?mt=8&uo=4&at=11lIT4
This term I have been working with upper Key Stage 2 pupils to develop interactive adventure style games in Book Creator. One of the features of the app is it allows you to link objects such as images and text to other pages within the book. For images, tap on the image to select it, then tap on the Info icon and use the hyperlink box to type in the page number. For text, highlight the text withIn the text box and you will see a hyperlink option.
This has enabled us to create games where choices, questions and decisions are asked of the user/player throughout. We have then used this as a stimulus for writing, not only creatively but also instruction and advertising. Above are a few screen shots of an example book I made but I didn't want to show the pupils too much as I wanted them to come up with their own ideas.
"You're spending an afternoon browsing the exhibits at an art museum. If you're anything like me, you'd probably appreciate the art a lot more if you could bring someone along that could explain the history and nuances of the pieces on display. Now imagine pointing a device at the painting and seeing it morph into a dynamic video giving you all the information you wanted about the art. Welcome to augmented reality.
Virtual reality replaces the real world with an artificial, digital environment. In contrast, augmented reality alters your view of the real world by layering it with associated digital information. Augmented reality uses your device's camera to view the immediate environment and display media when it sees an object it recognizes. It has been utilized as a marketing and informational tool by many industries. Using an augmented reality app, you can point your device at an advertisement in a magazine and get detailed product demonstrations. Aim it at a sign outside a house for sale and get an after hours virtual walk-through the property. There are also many ways augmented reality can be used in education."
"The Stephen Perse Foundation has had a 1:1 iPad programme running for two years now. Whilst there are many subject specific apps utilised for learning, it is interesting to note how the top 10 apps are all multipurpose. The list below also includes an indication of how workflow is developing for the school and how an app is chosen when and where it is appropriate. For more information about how we are using the iPads as a tool for learning please visit SPFlearning.com"
"SAMR is an acronym that I have been hearing quite a bit lately on the Internet. It was also referred to at several of the sessions I attended at ISTE13. SAMR stands for Substitution, Augmentation, Modification and Redefinition.
This month I have been supporting the PE department with using the iPads to enhance their lessons and pupils to analyse skills. Last year Apple updated iMovie app to include features such as Split Screen, Freeze Frame, Video Speed etc. This year the update has made some of these features a little easier to find.
Split Screen: We have used this to compare videos of the same skill taken from two different angles. For example, a cricket bowling action.
Video Speed: We have used this by splitting part of a clip where the skill is most demonstrated and slowing it down.
Freeze Frame: We can stop a clip at any point and create a freeze frame. This freeze frame can be split at either end to create a separate clip and textual analysis added.
I would also like to say a big thank you for all the great feedback to the iPad Teachers App. We are only at the start of the content we can add to this so look out for the first update in mid December with even more ideas. Details of the app can be found at www.ipadteachers.co.uk
Recently I have been combining two of my favourite apps, I Can Animate and DoInk Green Screen. We have been recording stop motion animation using I Can Animate with small characters and animals onto a green background and then importing these videos into DoInk where they were combined with an image. The green can be removed and the image is they used as a background.
Adding a background to the stop motion creates more focus to this type of work, not only with pupils learning the iPad skills but also linking stop-motion animation with other subjects such as topics on Romans, Wildlife etc. Along with using stop motion animation in Science (see this earlier blog http://sco.lt/8Yh77B) we are finding more and more ways to use it throughout the curriculum.
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