Category: Useful apps

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 #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 #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?

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