App Review – Coding Apps: Daisy the Dinosaur and Hopscotch

My focus with the iPads is predominantly their use to support learning across the curriculum, but specific ICT (soon to be Computing) skills still need to be taught. According to the draft new National Curriculum, programming is about to become a much bigger focus in primary schools than it ever has been. I’ve tried out […]

App Review – Zooburst Augmented Reality Pop Up Books

Zooburst is a free app which allows users to to view augmented reality popup books created on PCs through scanning a Zooburst code (similar to a QR code). As this fits very nicely alongside our current DT popup books project (see previous post for how we are using iPads within this unit), I signed up […]

Lesson Idea – Using Creative Book Builder to produce video instructions

I posted a couple of weeks ago about a fantastic idea I’d seen for using iPads in a Design Technology unit for Year 6. Inspired by this, and keen to promote our current whole school focus on independent learning, I wanted to try out something similar. Link to article The plan was to use Creative […]

App review – Educreations vs Doceri

One of the first things I looked into installing on our ipads was a whiteboard app. The ones available are like turbocharged mini-whiteboards. Fantastic for ongoing assessment throughout the lesson, planning, practising and collaboration. Whiteboard apps have the added advantage of being able to be projected onto the Interactive whiteboard (given the right technology), add […]

App Review – Bitsboard

Spelling is currently a big focus in our school, and I’ve found a number of apps for practising spelling. However, none have been quite so easily personalisable as Bitsboard. This free app is incredibly versatile and easy to use. Using one of the ‘boards’ created by other teachers, or one you have created yourself, children […]

Lesson idea – using Funny Movie Maker to get your point across

Funny Movie Maker is a simple free app which lets the user put their ‘mouth’ onto a picture (anyone who’s ever seen the Annoying Orange videos on you tube will recognise the idea!). I can see lots of potential ideas for using this; speaking in role as a historical character, book character, explaining concepts etc. […]