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Assessing iPad Work - December 2015

Assessing iPad Work - December 2015 | iPad Teachers Blog | Scoop.it

When I first started using the iPad with my students 5 years ago there was not the array of solutions we now have for assessing the work. The first few weeks of using iPads I was writing post-it-notes on the iPads to provide feedback. Schools just starting their iPad deployments certainly have the benefit of hindsight and also have many options for assessing iPad work. However, schools using too many tools can confuse both staff and students of where to put work and resources. Here's what we use:


For EYFS, digital profiling can certainly save teachers lots of time. It also allows teachers to quickly capture the children's learning and match with EYFS. iPad apps such as Tapestry http://tapestry.info/ or 2Simple Build a Profile https://www.2buildaprofile.com/ are good examples of this.


In Key Stage 1 and Year 3 (Ages 5-8) we have this term been using SeeSaw www.seesaw.me. It is a free app that allows the teacher to, in essence create a private class blog that the children post to. I really like the fact that the students log on by scanning a QR Code which certainly saves time. The app includes simple features that allow the children to reflect on learning by uploading images, videos and drawings then annotating them with text and audio. The teacher can then moderate the work, approve them and comment. Very simple and nice way into using tools such as www.showbie.com

We use Showbie with our children aged 8 and above. It is widely used as a way to provide individual feedback to pupils and capture their progress across a task/project. The assignment structure means teachers do not have to create folders for students. We use Showbie to provide resources for students, comment on their work and it is our main iPad assessment and evidence tool. Other features such as the built-in e-reader and annotation tools have also been popular.


A problem with iPad evidence is linking the digital media the students create to their exercise books. We have recently started using Aurasma app to embed videos into the books. For example, a science experience could be recorded, edited in iMovie and attached to the physical work in the student's Science books.


A similar thing is done using QR Codes where we put them on display with the children's work to link to the digital files. Apps such as My Story Maker and Hopscotch programming app allow the user to create a web-link which can then be attached to QR codes. For example, My Story will display eBooks the students have created on a web-page so parents can view them on any device.


We are also looking at Foldr, www.freeyourfiles.co.uk as a way to save iPad work and files from any device at home or school to our school network. iTunes U now has Showbie-esque assessment tools that have really enhanced that solution. Particularly with ability for students to submit in their own work and be graded/receive feedback. http://www.apple.com/uk/education/ipad/itunes-u/ ;


There are now lots of options for assessment and storing iPad work and it is worth testing as many as you can because it is not as simple as one size fits all.


We have updated the Assessment and Evidence section of our iPad Teacher Guide app, more details at www.ipadteachers.com

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Time Lapse iPad Workflow - July 2015

Time Lapse iPad Workflow - July 2015 | iPad Teachers Blog | Scoop.it

I have blogged about using time-lapse before and it appears in our iPad Teacher Guide App (www.ipadteachers.com), notably to capture shadows moving across a playground. We use the time-lapse feature in I Can Animate a lot and even more recently where I have supported a number of schools who are capturing mini-beasts and even chicks hatching. The good thing about it is that it can be used with all year groups across a range of subjects but predominantly in Science.


The image above shows a typical workflow that we use combining I Can Animate, iMovie and Book Creator with Showbie used as the resource and assessment tool. The rule that we follow is that if the process takes less than a day (e.g Shadows across the playground, dough rising etc) then we use time-lapse. If it is longer than a day (e.g seeds growing) then we take the photos in I Can Animate manually because we want to use the iPads inbetween time.

Kimberly House's curator insight, July 27, 2015 10:25 AM

So many uses for this and a clearly explained workflow!

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Shapes, lines and Paper Styles in Book Creator - May 2015

Shapes, lines and Paper Styles in Book Creator - May 2015 | iPad Teachers Blog | Scoop.it

As those of you who regularly follow our posts will know, Book Creator is probably the app we use most in lessons when using iPads.

Recently, Book Creator (http://www.redjumper.net/bookcreator/) was updated to include shapes, lines, arrows and paper styles (including squared and graph paper). For us, the iPad provides many opportunities for pupils to share their learning in different ways and Book Creator is great for that. The new tools are subtle and do not distract from the app's main asset; it's simplicity.

What the new tools do allow is for the pupils to be even more concise with demonstrating their knowledge as the tools open up new possibilities. Already we have looked at creating charts with shapes and lines, adding speech bubbles to illustrated stories and more detail in Year 6's Numeracy Vocabulary ebooks.


We have created a free update to our Book Creator Teacher Guide which is available in iBooks for 49p and now includes quite a few new activities made possible with the latest version of Book Creator.

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Re-create Historical Newspaper Reports that include On-location Video Reports - March 2015

Re-create Historical Newspaper Reports that include On-location Video Reports - March 2015 | iPad Teachers Blog | Scoop.it

Combining the tools of different apps for one purposeful outcome can be the key to successful use of iPads in lessons. Here is an example of combining the tools of Do Ink Green Screen, iMovie, Comic Life 3 and Book Creator Apps to create a historical newspaper that includes on-location video reports. Similar to something you may see in Harry Potter!


This is one of the 50 new lesson activity ideas within our new eBook: Book Creator Teacher Guide. You can download it now on your iPad or Mac for just 49p.
https://itunes.apple.com/gb/book/book-creator-teacher-guide/id975731126?mt=11&uo=4&at=11lIT4 ;

Catherine Moulin-Fauchon's comment, March 26, 2015 7:09 AM
It gives great ideas, thanks!
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My Top 5 Lesson Activities using iPad of 2014 - December 2014 Post

My Top 5 Lesson Activities using iPad of 2014 - December 2014 Post | iPad Teachers Blog | Scoop.it

As the year comes to an end I thought I would share some of my favourite iPad activities from this year. It was a difficult decision to narrow it down to five but here goes:


1.Towards the end of last year my school celebrated it's 150 year anniversary and we carried many activities with the pupils that term looking at the history of the school. One of the activities was to compare then and now photos. We use an app called InstaShake HD App https://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/instashake-hd/id595411264?mt=8&uo=4&at=11lIT4  to blend two photos together in different ways. We also carried out this activity during the recent World War 1 week at the school.


2. Last term I worked with a PE department to use the iPads to support GCSE students portfolios. One of the activities was to record video of sporting skills from different angles using the iPad's camera and then add the videos into iMovie app to use some of it's features such as split screen, freeze frame and the speed tool. More detail on this can be found here http://sco.lt/8hTUhd   ;


3. Early this term I began an activity with Year 6 pupils to gamify stories using Book Creator App We used the hyperlink tool within Book Creator to link text and images to different pages and give the reader options of where the story went by choosing options within a scenario. More detail can be found here http://www.redjumper.net/blog/2014/12/using-non-linear-stories-gamify-books/


4. In summer term I worked with a Year 3 class to use the time lapse feature in I Can Animate App https://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/i-can-animate/id399760501?mt=8&uo=4&at=11lIT4  ; to capture shadows moving across the playground. We set the iPad up to take a photograph every minute from 9am-3pm. Recently Apple have added the time lapse tool into the iOS 8 camera, although you cannot adjust the time between photos like you can in I Can Animate.


5. A few months ago Comic Life 3 App https://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/comic-life-3/id891378056?mt=8&uo=4&at=11lIT4  was released and within the many new templates is a newspaper front cover. We used this at school to firstly produce a weekly newspaper for the school news with Year 6 but also during World War 1 week to reproduce historical newspaper front pages of significant events during war.


A big thank you to all the great feedback to Teacher Guide to iPad App. Hearing how much it has helped teachers worldwide has made all the hard work worthwhile. The latest update brings a new icon, new categories of subjects and apps, a new design and 12 new ideas. Details can be found at www.ipadteachers.co.uk


Wishing everyone a merry Christmas and best wishes for 2015!


Suzy Hirsch's curator insight, December 27, 2014 5:27 PM

Great ideas!  Thanks for sharing!   I took a class and used creative. Book Builder app.  Great app for creating  a story to show you understood the lesson .  Check it out !

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Newspaper Reports with Comic Life- October 2014 Post

Newspaper Reports with Comic Life- October 2014 Post | iPad Teachers Blog | Scoop.it

Last month a teacher asked me on Twitter about using the iPad to aid the teaching of Newspaper reports with Year 6. The following week a teacher at my school asked me the same question. The following day a new Comic Life app https://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/comic-life-3/id891378056?mt=8&uo=4&at=11lIT4 was released with a Newspaper template. So these past few lessons I have been working with pupils to create a School Newspaper. What I particularly like about using the iPad for this task is pupils can take the photos and quickly add them into the template, meaning they can relate to the subject matter more. A nice touch in the app is the correct date is automatically added so we have been able to work on the reports over a few days without having to keep changing the date.

BookChook's comment, November 16, 2014 7:05 PM
My newspaper template in CL 3 is only black and white. How did you get the colour pics?
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Sharing iPad eBooks with Colleagues, Pupils and Parents | August 2014 Blog

Sharing iPad eBooks with Colleagues, Pupils and Parents | August 2014 Blog | iPad Teachers Blog | Scoop.it

With the latest update to Book Creator allowing the user to export as video, I have created this short guide to a few options for sharing the eBooks made on iPads. This focuses on Book Creator 


 and My Story https://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/my-story-book-maker-for-kids/id449232368?mt=8&uo=4&at=11lIT4  but there are other options.

Kimberly House's curator insight, September 12, 2014 9:09 AM

Finally! I'll make some teachers very, very happy with this update. Book Creator is already such a powerful app and this was the one thing we always found frustrating. Fixed! 

Nicole Sprainger's curator insight, September 13, 2014 2:08 PM

Sharing to iTunesU  a useful feature

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Another idea of using Book Creator - June 2014 Blog Post

Another idea of using Book Creator - June 2014 Blog Post | iPad Teachers Blog | Scoop.it

I am going to start this month's blog post by thanking everyone for the great feedback to iPad Teacher Guide (2nd Edition) and for making it the Number 1 Education book on the iBook Store in the UK, Australia, USA and Canada. For more information, visit www.ipadteacherguide.co.uk


 I know many of you are using Book Creator in your lessons and there has been countless blogs about it, including quite a few posts within this blog. One idea that did not make it into the latest version of the book is adding questions with audio feedback into Book Creator. I find I am using Book Creator more and more to create resources for my pupils and I am now putting questions at the end of each section. I write a multiple choice question, place 3-4 possible answers in as either text, photos or both then add an audio response to each one. For example, saying it is right or giving clues when it is wrong. Book Creator allows you to hide a audio clip so that pupils can tap the answer and hear the response. The audio icon completely disappears when you open the book in IBooks. This has worked the other way with pupils writing their questions at the end of their topic books and sharing with their peers.

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Introducing Early Years Pupils to Music Creation on the iPad- April 2014 Blog Post

Introducing Early Years Pupils to Music Creation on the iPad- April 2014 Blog Post | iPad Teachers Blog | Scoop.it

In Key Stage 2 we use the Garageband app considerably and the pupils have mastered it well, often using it in conjunction with other apps such as iMovie. However, in Reception/Year 1 there seems to be a gap between the overly simple music apps created for that age group and the complexity of Garageband. Year 1 are able to create recordings in Garageband but layering instruments can sometimes be a skill too far. Year 2 were able to do this but only with a lot of support. 


This term I have been using the 'Toc and Roll' app with Reception/Year 1/2 as an introduction into Garageband. It allows pupils to choose their instrument and then uses a drag and drop method for them to place a range of different musical phrases into each track. The volume of each track can be changed and effects such as reverb can be added.


It is effectively a simplified version of Garageband but the pupils do not play any virtual instruments. However they can use this app to learn about the process of mixing music before jumping into Garageband. I particularly like the voice recorder which divides each recording into smaller phrases.


The only negative I can see at present is the sharing features are quite limited. The user can upload to Youtube or save within the app itself but it is missing an ‘Open-in’ tool to save to an external storage app for assessment.


If you are working with younger pupils then 'Toca Band' makes a good intro to Toc and Roll as pupils can add band members playing different instruments to a stage where they all play simultaneously.


However, the pupils in Year 1 have enjoyed using it and I feel more confident they will hit the ground running with Garageband.

Brian Romero Smith's curator insight, April 27, 2014 4:22 PM

I've been looking for a prerequisite app for students whom will eventually use GarageBand in both our Tech and Piano classes.  

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Using iPad Stop Animation within Primary Education

Using iPad Stop Animation within Primary Education | iPad Teachers Blog | Scoop.it

I have mentioned in previous blog posts that my favourite education app is the Camera app. Any app that then talks to the camera app makes it a more powerful and widely used app. One of my favourite examples of this is I Can Animate. It allows pupils or teachers to take a series of photos and then the app plays the photos as a video. iOS 8 also includes a simple time-lapse camera inside the default camera.


Firstly this can be used to inspire creativity as pupils can make inanimate objects move, such as Lego and plasticine by making subtle movements for each photo. What's nice about this app is it keeps an 'Onion skin' image each time so pupils can see where the previous photo was when lining the camera up.


At school we have used I Can Animate more for science than any other subject as we are able to capture processes. Here are a few ideas:

1. Take a photo each day of a seed growing and then watch the seed grow as a video. Videos of seeds growing in different conditions can be played side by side using the Split screen feature in iMovie app.

2. Take a photo every 5 minutes of different materials absorbing water. I Can Animate also includes a time lapse feature where it will automatically take photos at intervals predetermined by the user.
3. Using the the time lapse feature, capture a shadow moving across the playground.
4. Put a bird feeder outside the classroom window and record animals visiting. This video can then be used for data handling.
5. Record the weather outside the window. I can animate include a speed tool so you can condense longer videos.

6. Use time lapse of chicks hatching or small insects in a tank.

7. Use time lapse to record bread rising in an oven.


Most of the time we only have one iPad in the classroom so the teacher can share the videos with pupils as a shared resource in something such as Showbie.

Brian Romero Smith's curator insight, April 27, 2014 4:28 PM

Check out these great uses of stop motion video for Science classes. I truly enjoy  Stop motion video lessons as it provides  wonderful analytical problem solving situations for students.  When I conduct digital storytelling lessons, students display their critical thinking skills more often for me when using stop motion video, especially when using Legos. 

Vera Weber's curator insight, April 28, 2014 7:07 PM

Awesome ideas for Science!  Thank you so much!

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Applying iPad Game Creation to the Primary Curriculum- January 2014 Blog Post

Applying iPad Game Creation to the Primary Curriculum- January 2014 Blog Post | iPad Teachers Blog | Scoop.it

Happy New Year to all. In my first blog post of 2014 I thought I would focus on game creation and programming as that seems to be the hot topic at the moment. At school I have introduced a number of programming elements across all year groups over the last few years. This has included Scratch but also newer apps such Hopscotch and Kodable. I think the skills these apps and software introduce are important but I also think it would be good if the lessons can be applied to other curriculum areas. Mostly this is not possible but some apps do allow this.


I have been working with Year 4 at the end of last term and beginning of this. Their topic has been the Romans so we have tied in many different aspects across literacy, art and history. Firstly we looking at story settings in Roman times, this include looking at images and making notes. The pupils described their own setting and then drew it. We then looked at characters such as soldiers and Celts. We then described and drew a character (note the characters were drawn on a white background with a dark outline). Using the Sketch Nation app the pupils worked through the processes to create a platform game using their illustrations.
I was really impressed with their work and how well they worked together on this task. Their finished games were excellent and very engaging. The final task was to show the games to other pupils who would review them.

What I like about Sketch Nation is it talks to the iPad's camera roll which means it can be applied to any topic.


Overall, these activities have taken about six 40 minute lessons. I only work with this class once a week so it would be nice to do more on this idea. Please let me know if you have done anything similar. I would love to hear your ideas.

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Using Book Creator as an Assessment Tool

Using Book Creator as an Assessment Tool | iPad Teachers Blog | Scoop.it

Book creator has probably been the app I have used most, in my teaching, with pupils and in my training. The blank canvas aspect means it can be used across the whole curriculum and the addition of the pen tool in the last few weeks has added to that.


We use Showbie at school for pupils to share their work, including books made with Book Creator from the iPads and home to the teachers for assessment. Recently, we have used both the Pen Tool and Record feature to give feedback on the pupils' eBooks. The pupils send their books using Showbie and the teacher opens them up on his/her iPad. They can then annotate with their voice, pen and text. The book can then be sent back to the pupils using Showbie. The pupil can either change the original book and delete the annotated one or change the annotated book and delete the original.


The screenshot shows a book of a Science experiment. The teacher can annotate with arrows but also add audio feedback. All elements of Book Creator can be deleted so the pupil can restore any annotated book to the original.


This is obviously not a new idea but the pen tool has certainly made this quicker in a widely used app such as Book Creator.

Vanessa Monell Mercado's curator insight, February 8, 2015 2:19 PM

Next year when we start on Chromebooks!


Katharina Kulle's curator insight, February 8, 2015 5:13 PM

BookCreator, a really good app! 

tom cockburn's curator insight, February 9, 2015 9:22 AM

Could be useful  in a number of ways in classes at various levels

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Morfo App: Improving Speaking, Listening, Language and Much More.

Morfo App: Improving Speaking, Listening, Language and Much More. | iPad Teachers Blog | Scoop.it

Augmented reality apps are a little hit and miss for me. Some allow for clear practical application in the classroom, whilst others can be gimmicky.

A teacher told me about Morfo https://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/morfo/id418900007 back in summer term and I have been using it in my lessons and training ever since. The app allows you to add an image of a face and bring it to life with animation and a convincing voice-over tool. You can record your own voice into the app and the face will then speak it back. The finished animation can then be saved to the camera roll for use in other apps.

I first used it with Year 4 who were looking at History, Newspaper reporting and direct speech writing. We used the app to create the viewpoints of two historical figures: William of Normandy and Harold Godwinson. The pupils found images of both figures from the web (portrait style) and imported them into the app before adding their VoiceOver providing reasons why they should be King of England. I was really impressed with how this app improved the pupils' persuasive language skills. We then imported the finished videos into Book Creator as part of a historical research document.


A number of teachers have told me ways they are using the app, including using it to introduce a topic. For example, Queen Victoria introducing the Victorian topic to engage pupils from the beginning.


Let me know if you have used Morfo and if so, how? @iPadteachers.

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Transforming Art Lessons with iPad - September 2015 Guest Blog Post by Cathy Hunt

Transforming Art Lessons with iPad - September 2015 Guest Blog Post by Cathy Hunt | iPad Teachers Blog | Scoop.it

Delighted to say that the fantastic Cathy Hunt, creator and author of the brilliant www.ipadartroom.com has generously contributed this month's blog post. She can also be followed on Twitter @art_cathyhunt


The iPad is a really flexible and powerful tool for learning through art-making in the classroom. While there are many fantastic drawing apps available for students to explore digital image creation, I believe the most exciting opportunities for creativity with iPad utilise apps that combine the camera and hands-on, tactile materials.


What does this kind of learning look like?


Well, often it is messy!


For example, a project might start with a student creating a drawing in pencil, and then photograph taken of the sketch with the iPad camera follows. The opportunity to digitally manipulate the image using apps results in a new work, and it is saved to the camera roll. Printing the work, adding a wash of colour across the paper and cutting it into pieces sees the creative process continue.

In these mixed-media workflows, unlimited possibilities can be explored as techniques, processes and media combine across diverse folios. Ending points become starting points, highly original work evolves and students become aware of their potential as innovative creators. Deep engagement and understanding of the creative process is often the most powerful result.


Once the mindset kicks in, paint and pixels merge.


Creating paper flip-book animations using instagram images

Using iPhoneography to capture portraits, importing them into apps for manipulation, then printing and ripping the up the pieces for a collage

Drawing with pen to create an animation, captured on iPad, and then activated within a painting using augmented reality to create an interactive, living image.


Get started!


Here are three easy ideas to merge paint and pixels in your ‘mobile maker’ classroom…


Explore time-lapse

Use the time-lapse feature in the native camera app to produce a video of a clay sculpture growing in size, or to track changes in painting progress. It’s a simple touch to start and finish this kind of video, which provides a valuable tool for reflection on process and product for students and teachers.


Start using stop-motion to bring inanimate objects to life
Apps such as I Can Animate and iMotion HD allow for stop motion animation using objects. Students can use the simple interface to produce exciting videos using their own artwork. This is a great collaborative medium too, for example, imagine creating an animated narrative puppet show using small groups and characters created in felt.
http://www.ipadartroom.com/how-to-load-up-the-learning-in-animation/ ;


Discover the world of three-dimensionality

Apps such as Foldify allow students to produce printable 3D nets on iPad. They can digitally draw on the templates and even add their own images to the design then print them off to cut and construct. You can create packaging for products, cartoon characters for animations, geometric objects for mobiles, etc. You’ll also find that working with digital ‘nets’ supercharges student capacity as they work through the design process from screen to physical object.
http://www.ipadartroom.com/foldify-bring-your-ideas-to-life-in-3d/ ;

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It's Not All About the iPad! June 2015 Post

It's Not All About the iPad! June 2015 Post | iPad Teachers Blog | Scoop.it

This is my first non-iPad related post and coincides with the release of our new eBook 'Primary Computing Teacher Guide.' A big thank you for making it the No. 1 Education eBook and it is also available to purchase for £1.99 from our website as PDF so it works on every device. www.ilearn2.co.uk


Also a big thank you to those teachers, including Richard Smith www.amazingict.co.uk who have contributed great ideas and video tutorials to the book.


Many teachers I have provided training for these past 4 years have often assumed that the iPad or Apple technology are the only devices I use in my lessons. Actually I mainly use Microsoft PCs to teach the Computing curriculum. The iPad is a fantastic tool to be used transparently in many lessons and the learning outcomes of lessons remain unchanged when pupils use them. However, many aspects of teaching Computing specifically, including Programming, really require a Mac or PC. There are excellent apps like Hopscotch, Kodable, Lightbot and Tickle but it is important for pupils to use different technology for different purposes, deciding which tools suits the task.


On so many occasions you see 'iPad v PC' or 'iPad v Surface' but the point is that the iPad creates new opportunities in the classroom for pupils and teachers, where in the past may have not been easy to do on a PC. This being said, PCs or Macs have resources and tools that an iPad cannot offer. Teaching pupils that each type of technology has a place is preparing them better for whatever technology they may encounter at their next school, university or workplace because the whole world is not using iPad.


We have created Primary Computing Teacher Guide 2015/2016 to compliment our iPad Teacher Guide app, providing teachers with a range of ideas, regardless of what technology they have available in school.


Have a great Summer everyone.


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iPad Activities for the Election 2015

iPad Activities for the Election 2015 | iPad Teachers Blog | Scoop.it

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


Analysing Party Political Broadcasts
If your pupils do not have access to YouTube as ours do not then I use Titan Downloader app to save videos from the web to the iPad's camera roll. I then distribute these to the pupils using showbie.com
Titan Downloader can be found here https://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/video-download-player-pro/id496121823?mt=8&uo=4&at=11lIT4


Recording a Party Political Broadcast
iMovie is a great app for this as students can stitch together video segments, add voiceovers and import music created in GarageBand. If the pupils want to place themselves into a different background to connect with their audience they could use Do Ink Green Screen and if they don't want to be on camera at all then Tellegami has an animated character dressed in a suit who they could add a voice to.
iMovie https://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/imovie/id377298193?mt=8&uo=4&at=11lIT4
Do Ink Green Screen https://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/green-screen-by-do-ink/id730091131?mt=8&uo=4&at=11lIT4
Tellagami Edu https://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/tellagami-edu/id893386556?mt=8&uo=4&at=11lIT4


Interviews and Debates
The split screen tool in iMovie can also aid interviews with the interviewer on one side of the video and the candidate/politician on the other. This also works well for debates with two sides of an argument. Find out about using the different features of iMovie in our app:


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

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A Few Activities for World Book Day using iPad

A Few Activities for World Book Day using iPad | iPad Teachers Blog | Scoop.it

As World Book Day 2015 fast approaches, here are a few activities to try.


Firstly you can use an app such as Croak It https://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/croak.it!/id525958948?mt=8 so pupils can record a 30 second book review into the iPad. This creates a web link (you can make these private) which could be added into a QR Code generator https://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/qr-code-maker/id513617634?mt=8 . Print off the QR Codes so pupils can add them to the book covers. This make a nice ongoing activity for pupils to add audio reviews to school library books.


The second activity involves Do Ink Green Screen app https://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/green-screen-by-do-ink/id730091131?mt=8&uo=4&at=11lIT4 . Students can take a photo of themselves against a green or blue background (green screen or backing paper) and using the app, add themselves into an image of a book front cover by combining the two images together in Do Ink.

Have fun!



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Using iMovie App in Physical Education Lessons - November 2014

Using iMovie App in Physical Education Lessons - November 2014 | iPad Teachers Blog | Scoop.it

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

Dean Mantz's curator insight, December 8, 2014 4:55 PM

I appreciate @John Evans for sharing this on his Scoop.it page "iPad in Education".  As I work with preservice students, those in certain fields claim technology is not an option as they don't understand integration.  With this article, I can provide my students another first hand example of how PE and technology blend.

bencourtice's curator insight, May 22, 2016 12:30 PM
I like the idea of students being able to create video as part of an assessment portfolio in HPE - innovative way of demonstrating competence in performing skills and could be useful in documenting improvement in skill performance
Lizette Labuschagne's curator insight, June 6, 2016 10:55 AM
our students are so diverse. in physical education both student with higher skill levels and students with lower skill levels could benefit from this app. This is exactly what I was looking for...to motivate our students, to motivate and support them all
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Inspiring Writing using Adventure Game Creation with Book Creator App - Sept 2014 Blog Post

Inspiring Writing using Adventure Game Creation with Book Creator App - Sept 2014 Blog Post | iPad Teachers Blog | Scoop.it

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.

Agora Abierta's comment, November 21, 2014 11:39 AM
Can you share a link to see the results??
Coolwired's curator insight, November 21, 2014 8:49 PM

Digital Story creation challenge! Enjoy! :-)

Ness Crouch's curator insight, July 9, 2015 2:12 AM

What a great writing idea!! 

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Getting Ready for Primary Computing in September - July 2014 Blog Post

Getting Ready for Primary Computing in September - July 2014 Blog Post | iPad Teachers Blog | Scoop.it

I have spent this academic year as a test bed for the new Computing Curriculum. This has involved reviewing various resources including apps. I have decided, as I often do, in a less is more approach. A few iPad apps, Espresso Coding and Scratch can cover much of objectives of the programming aspect of the new Computing Curriculum.


In terms of apps, I am going to use Kodable https://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/kodable-pro/id649572737?mt=8&uo=4&at=11lIT4 as a starting point in Reception. Prior to that I will ask Pre-school teachers to introduce the sequencing activity in Bugs and Buttons https://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/bugs-and-buttons/id446031868?mt=8&uo=4&at=11lIT4 to introducing early programming skills. Year 1 will look at Daisy Dino https://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/daisy-the-dinosaur/id490514278?mt=8&uo=4&at=11lIT4 as a stepping stone into Hopscotch and Scratch. Year 2 will look at drawing shapes etc in Hopscotch https://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/hopscotch-programming-designed/id617098629?mt=8&uo=4&at=11lIT4 before Year 3/4 look at more complicated game creation in Hopscotch. This will lead nicely into Scratch and continued Hopscotch use in Years 5/6.
Hopscotch is the key app with so many possibilities and a real blank canvas for pupils to be creative on.


Espresso Coding www.espressocoding.co.uk is a series of online activities and video tutorials that has been free this past year. The sample activities are quite prescribed but they offer a nice progression.


Finally, Scratch http://scratch.mit.edu/
http://scratch.mit.edu/ has been used well this term by Year 6 who have created games such as multi-player racing. I intend to do even more with it next term as I have planned more time.


I would love to hear what everyone has planned for September in terms of Computing. Enjoy the end of term and the holidays.

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Using Stop-motion Animation with Green Screen on the iPad - May 2014 Blog Post

Using Stop-motion Animation with Green Screen on the iPad - May 2014 Blog Post | iPad Teachers Blog | Scoop.it

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.

Nicole Sprainger's curator insight, September 13, 2014 2:09 PM

Great resource  for green screen 

Nicole Sprainger's curator insight, November 25, 2014 10:13 AM

Love Stop Frame Animation

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Writing for a purpose with the iPad and QR Codes- March 2014 Blog Post

Writing for a purpose with the iPad and QR Codes- March 2014 Blog Post | iPad Teachers Blog | Scoop.it

Last week during World Book Day, my school had a Dr Seuss themed week. As I teach each class ICT during the one day, I decided to develop pupils awareness of their audience during a short book review activity. I told the pupils that not only would their class teacher be reading their book reviews but the rest of the school and parents would be listening to them. After a few blank faces glared back at me, I explained that their reviews had to be recorded into their iPads and could not be longer than 30 seconds. We used Croak It app to record the reviews (it limits the recordings to 30 seconds) and then shares that recording as a web-link. These links were then put into the QR code creator app, printed and put with the front covers of the books. If you want to record longer than 30 seconds and have images displayed while you listen to them then you could use Shadow Puppets which also creates a web-link or AudioBoo which makes a QR code for you. If you want pupils to attach a GarageBand song to a QR code then you can save the song into something like box.com app using the open in tool and create a web link from there. 
We then displayed the finished front covers around the school, in the weekly newsletter and library.

Vera Weber's curator insight, April 28, 2014 7:06 PM

This is a great activity to try with our elementary.  Our schools do a whole Dr. Suess unit during February's I Love to Read month.  This will be a nice addition.  Thanks for sharing.


Roimata Baker's curator insight, July 4, 2014 4:51 PM

He huarahi pai mō ngā kaituhi whakamā pea? Hopukina te pūrongo ā waha kātahi ka huri hei QR.

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Using Showbie as a collaboration tool

Using Showbie as a collaboration tool | iPad Teachers Blog | Scoop.it

I have been using Showbie for quite a while, both at my school and with the schools I support. It has certainly solved the problem of how students can quickly send their work to the teacher and the teacher share resources with the pupils. We have used it a lot and we like how it can be accessed online on devices other than the iPad. It also works well for assessment and archiving work. The class codes can be given to the headteacher so he/she can see all pupil portfolios, making it good to show parents and inspectors.

Each pupil has their own login in normal use. However, some of what we do at school is collaborative. For example, a group of Year 6 pupils can each be working on a short video which could then be stitched together in iMovie etc. It is not possible to for one pupil to send a file to another using Showbie so we have created group logins. This means that a group of pupils would all log in using the same username and password. Each student can then submit a file to an assignment and the other pupils see and download that file onto their iPads. Importantly the teacher can also see whole groups work and each part of it.

There are many collaborative tools on the iPad but as many schools are using Showbie then this may create another possibility.

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Finally a Green Screen App I can use with Pupils!

Finally a Green Screen App I can use with Pupils! | iPad Teachers Blog | Scoop.it

In my opinion, though others may disagree, the iPad has been crying out for a simple and effective Green Screen app since it's introduction. I won't mention any specific apps but the ones I had tried were far too complicated for Primary pupils and the activities became very teacher led. I have recently been using Green Screen by DoInk. https://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/green-screen-by-do-ink/id730091131?mt=8 with upper Key Stage 2.

What I like most is how quickly the pupils can create their videos using the app. They find the background video/image and add that into the time line. The video of the pupils standing in front of a green screen can then been filmed in real-time over the top. Videos can then be shared to the camera roll. I particularly like using the app in conjunction with apps such as I Can Present (as a teleprompt) and iMovie (to stitch videos together and add soundtrack for GarageBand)

I am looking forward to trying more Green Screen work with other age groups next term to see how they handle the app.  I am also keen to try the Touchcast app as it includes many of the features of iMovie, Explain Everything and Green Screen in one app.

BookChook's curator insight, December 18, 2013 3:38 AM

Green Screen by Doink has lots of potential for educational use. 

Angela Watkins's curator insight, December 23, 2013 7:13 PM

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Cath Parker's curator insight, January 22, 2014 8:40 PM

I have tried using Green Screen FX app on iPads with Year 2 with limited success so looking forward to trying this one. One of the main problems with Green Screen FX is that most of the backgrounds are of war scenes / weapons - the only useful background was a beach. 

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Using the new features of iMovie App in the Primary Curriculum

Using the new features of iMovie App in the Primary Curriculum | iPad Teachers Blog | Scoop.it

iMovie on the iPad has been one of the must have apps in both Primary and Secondary Education. With so many teachers and pupils using the devices to take photos and videos, iMovie has been employed to stitch videos together and add voice overs, soundtracks, themes and text.

Apple have not only made iMovie free for all new devices but is has also added a number of new tools which will enhance and extend the use of iMovie. This includes Split Screen with the ability to add to clips into one movie, Picture in Picture where you can add a small video into the corner of another and finally Theatre where the videos can be saved to the iMovie theatre and seen on other devices connected to the same Apple ID and on an Apple TV.


I have begun to use the new features with my pupils in various subjects and below are few activities we have tried.


Split Screen in Science- We have already used iMovie a number of times his term in key Stage 2 Science. We have taken the videos of Science experiments such as friction tests and put two videos into one so the pupils can see the difference between the two surfaces in real-time. Next term we will also use it to see the differences in growth of two plants growing under different conditions.

Picture in Picture in Literacy- Year 5 have been doing instructional writing and we have had two shots: 1 video of the camera pointing at the pupil giving the instructions and 1 video showing what the pupil is making (e.g Cookery). The Picture in Picture tool is then used to put the one video in the corner of the other.

Picture in Picture or Split Screen in Geography- Year 4 have been looking at the local area of the school. Using Google Images and Maps the pupils made a video trail around the village with the place on the map in one part of the screen and a photo in the other. Note, we had to make the photos into a video first and then save to the camera roll because iMovie does not allow you to do Split screen with photos in the timeline.

Split Screen in History and Geography- I am also looking to use Split Screen as both a location study of two different places. E.g Town v Seaside etc. Also in History, looking at one street in two different periods of history, including an audio commentary. This also works good with transitions.


Have a look at some of the new tools in iMovie and I would love to hear how you are using them in school.

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