Lesson idea – Google maps scavenger hunt

Terraclues is a lovely free site which teachers can use to create Google maps-based scavenger hunts. These can range from very simple searches (eg finding the 7 continents) to ones which involve searching another source to find the answer first (a Google search function is inbuilt). There are lots of possibilities for cross-curricular work using […]

Lesson idea – using Strip Designer to show inference skills

We’ve been using picture books in school with older children for a few years now. For my lower ability Year 4 set they are ideal for developing skills linked to inference and author intent etc, before moving on to applying these to written texts. This week we’ve been using the book Robot Dreams by Sara […]

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 […]

Lesson idea – using Titan Pad for collaborative writing

Collaborative writing has been easy to do using Google Docs for a while now, but here’s an alternative! TitanPad allows a teacher to create their own working space, where new documents can be set up and password protected easily. Giving children a QR code or link will take them directly to the pad, where they […]

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. […]