Category: Lesson delivery

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 –

Form time ideas

This is a great little website that students can access on their iPads in the morning during tutor time. Not only does it have some useful facts and subject specific content, but it also has a numeracy and literacy focus for the day.


You and your students can access the page on your iPad at

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


Using iPads in the lesson starter

Some ideas….

Starter – Conversation: Show an image featuring people, relating to the lesson. Students have to act out the conversation that might be happening, which can be recorded on their iPad using video star and shown to class.

Starter: Constantinople – Pupils have 3 minutes to make as many subject key terms from a long word displayed on the board

Starter: ‘Say what you see’ Show the class an image. Students have to take photo with their iPad and annotate with a description as if trying to describe to someone on the phone

Starter – Connections. Read out 4 keywords linked to lesson. In groups students have to suggest a connection & lesson focus – plus possible fifth word

Plan a ‘sharp starter’. Something that means I do not have to say anything for first five minutes of a lesson. I say less. They do more. For example, student scan QR code on the classroom door as they enter which takes them to a resource, article or video clip as a stimulus.

Start with a quick game: Blockbuster template to use as starter or plenary:

Starters, a nice selection: via @tesResources

Start the lesson with a thought provoking image relating to the lesson and ask students to take a photo with their iPad. They then annotate with questions that it poses.

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