Category: Flipped Classroom

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 #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 #6: Using Showbie – A bluffers guide

Showbie – Setting, sharing and collecting work using iPads

Why would you use it?

If you would like to cut down on the amount of photocopying you have to do for lessons, then Showbie could be for you. It allows you to assign, collect and review student work using iPads.

This could mean an information sheet that students need to complete for homework can be sent, for students to read without the need to photocopy. It could be a link to an exam paper that students could attempt as an extension task, or a list of useful revision websites or a worksheet you have already got, to be used in the lesson.

You could adopt the ‘Flipped Classroom’ approach and provide a link to a video that you want students to watch for homework, ready for the next lesson.

If you feel brave, you can ask students to submit completed work to you too via Showbie. As your students submit work, Showbie keeps everything organised in one place.

How do you set up?

Watch this video tutorial for a step-by-step guide

Where do I get more info?

There are more tutorials and information on the Showbie App You Tube Channel here

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