Category: Animation apps

Use of iPads session at BiE Conference 2014

The following information was gained from attending the United Learning BiE Conference in Manchester in August 2014

Text in red is my own opinion or suggestion

1-1 with iPads for year 7-9
Session delivered by Nathan Ashman – Accrington Academy

Student led innovation. 
Important to have I-genius students who act as ambassadors
Can use students to train teachers up on the use of certain apps.
In lessons I-genius students can be used to help in lessons.
Also, use I-genius students to go into feeder primary schools to train and help.
At break time, I-genius help desk in the school for staff and students to ask questions and have guidance.

Model for developing iPad use in lessons. The stages.

Substitution – Using screen rather than book. What’s the point?


Flipped classroom approach
Make a video and students to watch for homework or read info for homework. Explore links if a geography case study or answer a set of questions to prepare for the next lesson. This gives time for students to digest the information. In the following lesson students use this to create or develop further. See an example I created last year for a Year 12 Geography lesson on urban problems

This could be the instructions for a fieldwork task, or background info for an investigation or group work task. This method gives more time to do the practical work. Can also have instructions on a video, so that students can ensure they fully grasp the task coming up in the nest lesson.

Pupil response apps
Good way of monitoring progress and understanding in a lesson

Nearpod app
Questions set by teacher, students then respond. Responses appear on the screen in real time.
Can also get students to annotate a piece of work and send to teacher. This can then be viewed on the screen and individual pieces shared with the class.

Socrative also does same thing.

Video instructions in lessons
Could ask students to video elements of the lesson such as classroom instructions, this could then be referred back to during the lesson by individual students who get stuck. This would then reduce the number of times that a teacher has to repeat the same instruction.

If students do work on an iPad, do not have to print off the work. This can be submitted to the teacher via apps like edmodo or showbie.

Imotion app – recording the learning
Takes a photo every second. The ipad  records what is drawn or written. This is ideal for the recording of the creation of a mind map or timeline. This is a good idea for using as a revision technique as students have to think about what they are writing and create in one shot. In addition, it can then be used by the students to teach others in the class (Blooms)

Similar idea to the famous Ken Robinson RSA animate video.

More details about my experience at the United Learning BiE Conference can be viewed here