iPads in English – Year 7

I have only managed to use the ipads with my year 7 classes and it was a brilliant success. We used them to show understanding of the Private Peaceful text. Students wrote scripts performed them in groups and we then watched them as a class. In the end it had a quadruple effect on them, as they had studied part of the text four times and loved it. Many students in the school will not have ipads or even computers at home. They were all so excited to look at them and use them and I think they are great resources for the school.

Amanda Harvey


Dinobook profiles in Comic life

Dinobook profiles in Comic life

After introducing the new topic “Could dinosaurs survive now?”, 30 Year 7 students were asked to work in small groups to research and present information about a dinosaur of their choice using the success criteria such as “what features do they have, what do they eat etc.”

Comic life provided the perfect platform for this dinobook delivery in conjunction with a book box from the library. This allowed students to identify specific roles in the group rather than a “4 students gathered round one person on the iPad” style that I have previously experienced. By rotating the roles, each member could input information into their dinobook profile to produce some excellent designs, also providing modelling examples for the next group studying this topic. Below are some examples of the work produced.


“Word It Out” – Keyword plenaries

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“Word It Out” – Keyword plenaries

Year 9 students used http://worditout.com/ to produce word clouds incorporating all of the keywords they used in the last 3 lessons studying respiration.

The students were required to prioritise the keywords which allowed them to make them more prominent in the word cloud. The more times they wrote that keyword (or copied and pasted it!) the larger it would appear, thus encouraging conversations between students to stimulate discussion around the topic. Below are a few examples of the final products:


Smarter Learning

Video Physics brings complex video analysis to iPhone, iPod touch and iPad and into the hands of the students. The app allows students to take a video of any object in motion and then by marking its position frame by frame analyse the motion graphically to scale. Video Physics draws trajectory, position, and velocity graphs for the object. Videos can then be shared with Facebook, YouTube and the Camera Roll, which includes the video with markers showing the motion and also the graphs produced from the data collected. Video Physics will display the path of the ball and provide graphs of Y vs X as well as the X and Y position and velocity as a function of time.
This app is perfect for reluctant students that are not engaged in physics and allows them to use technology and see real life situations being transformed into quite complex graphical physics.

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iPads in Humanities

Beneficial Competition

It has often been challenging to sustainably improve learners’ basic geographical understanding, for example where countries are located. I have lost count of the amount of times the question, ‘Name an LEDC country?’ has been met with the response of ‘Africa Sir’. I have found that in order for real improvements to be achieved the learning has to be enjoyable as well as regularly reviewed (spaced learning).

By using the ipads we now have quick direct access to online geographical quizzes such as the one found athttp://www.lizardpoint.com/fun/geoquiz/euroquiz.html. Teams have been established in my KS3 classes an at the end or start of every other lesson competitions can be had on which group can amass the most amount points in three minutes of play. League tables can be formed and most improved teams can receive prizes.

Quick and sustainable impact.