Blog 38: uploading and sharing videos/ photos on Google Drive

In a recent workshop at our Apple RTC (www.seftonrtc.weebly.com) we created some fantastic concept animations and video content.  At the end I briefly explained how to share these by making them public on Google Drive.

Below is a video guide of how to upload via iPad, then share publicly using Google Drive from a PC.


Blog 37: Concept Animations

Last evening I was able to share some of the animation ideas I picked up at the Apple RTC Winter Conference.  It was a pleasing turnout, with delegates coming from far and wide to develop their skills and, possibly unknowingly, give me tonnes of ideas!

The theme was 'Concept Animations'- using animation to demonstrate understanding in the classroom.  This could be a teacher making an animation to show the pupils a method, or pupils creating animations to demonstrate understanding.

The app we used was 'Lego Movie Maker' (free).

The app is very intuitive, so the best way forward would be to have a play with it and figure it out.  Seriously, it'll take about a minute!

Below are some of the ideas and quick animations delegates created.  Do you have any ideas or suggestions?


Blog 36: Video with TouchCast

By far the most versatile and useful video app I have come across for quite some time. TouchCast has a range of exciting and intuitive features that have endless possibilities for application within the classroom. The Adobe Slate presentation below gives a visual overview of the features. It's up to you and you're students how you utilise it!

Creative Video


Blog 35: Apps Apps Apps

Having used iPads in education for nearly 5 years now, I am constantly looking for apps to enhance teaching and learning.  Every now and then I conclude that I must know them all, or at least heard of them.  That was until I was lucky enough to attend Apple's Regional Training Centre Winter Conference at the Belfry.

Held over two days, we were bombarded with apps, ideas and fully immersed in learning experiences that we could use with our pupils to enhance their learning experiences.

Here are a few of the 'highlight' apps.

  • LEGO MOVIE- This stop motion app can be used to create short videos and concept animations (blog coming soon).  It's free! 
  • TOUCH CAST- Narrate files and webpages, create green screen videos and much, much more.  It's free!
  • PADLET- Collaborative whiteboards/ sticky notes etc.  All of your class' ideas in one place. It's free!
  • PICPLAYPOST- Create video collages. (It's like PicCollage for video!) It's free!
  • CREATURE SHOW 123D- Create images with virtual creatures in your pictures. Free!
  • OFFICE LENS- Capture your whiteboards electronically. Simply photograph before rubbing off to keep. Free!
  • ZAPTION- Use video content as talking points.  Insert questions into videos for collaborative and interactive discussion.
  • TYPORAMA- Put gorgeous text on your images.  Check out the 3D rotate tool.
  • POST IT PLUS- Got a load of sticky notes?  Photograph them and this app converts them into digital notes that can be saved either together or individually.  Clever app!
  • KEEZY and KEEZY DRUMMER- Create soundboards and sound loops.
There were so many other ideas: using music in programming, digital photography the proper way, disruptive media.

If you are in the North West and want to learn more, your can sign up to any of our Apple RTC courses for free by visiting www.seftonrtc.weebly.com


Blog 34: collaborative whiteboards using STOODLE

Www.stoodle.ck12.org is a free collaborative tool that allows you to work on the same 'whiteboard' as others from any platform, be it tablet or PC. You can connect with the entire class, or set pupils off working on a collaborative whiteboard.

It's really quite simple to get going! 

Firstly go to the web address above, then tap 'launch a classroom'
You can then share the URL of your whiteboard with the users. I usually email this out to the pupil iPads or associate it with a QR code that can be scanned by pupils.

Once connected all users can draw, add to and edit the whiteboard presentation.

There's an in built chat function and many basic tools, such as pens, text and image insertion.

You can screen capture or email the end results.

Really easy to use and very effective. Great for group work and project planning. Well worth a look!


Blog 33: Engaging Stimuli Using Adobe Slate

For ages, it seems, I have had Adobe Slate installed on my iPad, tucked away in a folder titled 'Productivity'- a place where I tend to stick apps that I fully intend on checking out later.  As is the nature of teaching 'later' seldom comes and when it does it is either filled with helping others, paperwork, marking and, dare I say, family time!

The Adobe Slate website gives little description except 'Make a beautiful visual story in minutes.'  The app replaces boring slide show presentations, making engaging and stunning looking visual slideshows.

I had a play and came up with this one.  Took about 2 minutes.

So tomorrow I am using it in a starter activity in my English lesson recapping personification with my Year 6 pupils.  Instead of a worksheet based task, I have taken stills from the video we are focusing on this week (Rocketeer- good WW2 links) and the pupils are using them as stimuli for their own descriptive sentences.

Each child will have a QR code in their books tomorrow, linking to the appropriately differentiated 'Slate'.  Scroll through the presentation below.

Saved paper. Saved time. Hopefully will increase engagement and focus.

A lovely looking, easy to use app.


Blog 32: numbers to 100,000,000 with QR codes

This week I wanted to assess my Year 6 pupils saying and writing numbers to 100,000,000.  Rather than go around individually, I created a sheet with QR codes that linked to audio recordings of large numbers. The pupils then had to write the numbers, using commas as separators. This worked really well and allowed me to assess something in 15 minutes that would've taken much longer.

The audio recordings were made using www.vocaroo.com, which allows you to upload sound files linked to QR codes. (See below)

As you can see above, you cannot use the audio recording function on ipad, so I used the good old TTS Easimic and uploaded the sound file.
Once uploaded/ recorded you are taken to a page on which you can listen to the clip and download a QR code. I pasted this onto the word document for the pupils to scan.

The pupils used Kaywa reader app to scan the codes, listen to the audio and them wrote the number.

Initially the pupils used the place value grid suggested by Michael Tidd (https://michaelt1979.wordpress.com/2015/07/25/stop-teaching-thousands/), but soon moved away.

The combination of QR codes and Vocaroo is definitely worth further exploring. Post your ideas below!