Category: App of the week

App of the week #13 – iBrainstorm

Really simple to use and an effective way for students to get ideas down quickly. This could be from taking notes during a video to discussing ideas from a stimulus photograph used as a starter in the lesson.


Once ideas have been added to your project in the form of sticky notes, you can then move them around, add arrows, colour code them and annotate them. 

Here’s my quick effort.:


What I also like is that because you can choose your colour for each sticky note, this can be used by the teacher to give feedback and ideas during the lesson (red) and then students can respond and follow up (green) in line with our school marking policy.

One done, you can then export via email, Google docs etc and print out so that students can stick in their books as evidence of the work completed. Plus provides evidence of marking and students responding to marking.

Here’s a quick VIDEO tutorial if you need it –

App of the week #12 – Lino

Lino is an online stickies app. You can post, see and peel off stickies on canvases freely. Stickies posted from this iPad app can be also be accessed from your PC


How could it be used in the classroom?

Student can note down their ideas and findings when researching a topic. This could be text, images or a useful video clip they have found. In addition, students can use lino to share ideas and to have a discussion with their classmates. You can create or configure a group from a PC. With the iPad app, you can post, see, move and peel off stickies.

You could use a Lino for students to submit and share questions or comments about tasks they are working on. Use it as a virtual graffiti wall for students to note down their ideas and then help each other to make connections. As students create their board, they can colour code and organize their ideas


A few subject specific ideas:

• In Geography, History, RE or English lessons, students could collect information whilst watching a video clip. Then spend time organising and linking their notes
• In Food technology students could create ingredients or receipe boards
• In DT, students could collect ideas for designs and products, whilst attaching research into appropriate materials and construction techniques
• In Art lessons, students could collect ideas and images from various artists or around a theme

Find out more via the Lino website here


Some more tutorials


App of the week #11. Educreations

Educreations is a FREE app that turns your iPad into a recordable whiteboard. It allows you to insert images, record your voice and anything you write. As a result, you can produce your own video lessons that you can then share online. Ideal for a flipped classroom approach to setting homework or for providing students with revision materials prior to exams.

Whatever you create is then stored online and can be accessed by students on a computer or iPad both at home and at school. There are also a wide variety of Educreations created by others which you can use as well.


Key features

  • Help students with homework by working through an example problem.
  • Put your lessons on the web so students can watch them before and after class.
  • Create revision tutorials
  • Add your commentary to key processes, images, diagrams etc
  • Record and replay your voice, handwriting and drawings
  • Add text to any page
  • Add photos from the iPad camera, Photo Albums, Dropbox or the Web
  • Animate images by dragging them around while recording
  • Pause and resume recording anytime
  • Create multiple whiteboard pages
  • Create a free account on and choose who can view your lessons
  • Share your lessons via email, Facebook and Twitter
  • Embed your lessons on your blog or website

Interested? Here are a selection of subject specific examples:




Want to have a try at creating one yourself?

Watch these video tutorials to help you get started


Visit the Educreations website here for more details and download the FREE app here


App of the week #10 – i Motion

The i Motion app allows students to create stop motion animations using their I pads.


It is a great way for students to explain difficult concepts, processes and ideas in a more creative way, using Lego, playdoh, mini whiteboards or good old fashioned coloured pens and paper. It is also an effective way for students to create an animated mind map to summarise their learning as a revision tool.

Student example 1 – Here is a good example of how models and playdoh can be used to show a process. This animation shows how Longshore drift works in coastal geography

Student example 2 – This video shows how animation can be used to explain the formation of coastal landforms like caves, arches and sea stacks, along with the erosional processes that contribute to their formation.

If this is something you like the look of and would like to explore further, take a look at the simple step by step tutorials below:

Below is a good tutorial which shows how students can use the app to create Mind maps for revision proposes, or to teach others in the class about an idea or concept.

In addition, the video below shows how the app can be used to animate inanimate objects in order to tell or story or show a process.

App of the week #9 – Popplet

Students can use Popplet for learning both at school and at home. By creating their own mind-map, Popplet helps students think and learn visually.


An example:


Students can collate facts, thoughts, images and video clips and show the relationships between them.

It can be used on a computer via the internet or as an iPad app.

Video tutorial. Watch this straightforward tutorial to help you get started:

Visit the website here: Popplet website

Download the app here: Popplet app (there is a cost involved).

Alternatively, you can get Popplet Lite for FREE

App of the Week #8– Explain Everything: A Bluffers Guide


Explain Everything is an easy-to-use design, screencasting, and interactive whiteboard tool that lets you annotate, animate, narrate, import, and export almost anything to and from almost anywhere.

It is great way for students to demonstrate their learning. In addition, it provides a great vehicle for AG&T students to extend their learning in lessons using their iPad.

To get to grips with the basics, watch this tutorial:

A whole series of video tutorials from basic design tools, to mirroring the screen, exporting videos and managing slides can be viewed here

If you are feeling more adventurous, you can use Explain Everything to aid the ‘flipped classroom’ approach.

Watch this tutorial to see how:

App of the week #7: Kahoot! – A Bluffers Guide

Why would you use it?

Kahoot allows you to create quizzes, discussion questions and surveys so that you can recap learning with students and review their progress in a fun way. It then allows you to highlight any weaknesses in their knowledge in order to plan future learning opportunities.


The questions are created by you as well as the multiple choice answers. However, these can be copied and pasted from another document which you may already use. In addition, you can select from public quizzes that have been created by others.

Kahoot then pitches all the students in the class against each other to see who can achieve the highest score based on the number of answers they get correct. Even if you do not have enough iPads for one each, students can work in groups and share one, giving themselves a group name to build team spirit.

Everytime I have used it, or seen it used, students have been very keen to use this resource and engagement levels have been high.
Setting up your account is FREE

How do you set it up?

Video Tutorial – Setting up Kahoot:

Once you have created your game, students go to in order to play the game you have prepared.

Where can I find out more?