Tag Archives: ICT

TED talks

There is a link to a page that talks about ‘Green TED talks’, it wasn’t really that that caught my eye but the idea of students preparing TED talk.  It talks about using the green screen to provide a background and this is something that could be done here in school with the help of IT or SDLs, or it could just be done without.  This could work well linking to independent learning and research skills.

How My Students Create Their Own TED Talks


Microsoft Teams in Office 365

You may have noticed in O365 that there is an app called ‘Teams’.  This is something that I trialled with the student digital leaders last term and was very successful for efficient and safe online communication, sharing of files and resources.  We have since adopted it as a PE department to use with our sports teams.  It is perfect for groups of people such as clubs, ambassadors, departments or even with classes, if you want to use OneNote (although OneNote can be set up separately).  The mobile app is very useful and allows the staff and students to ‘follow’ the channel giving notifications directly to the device.


My Year 9 netball team recently created a Powtoon to show to a parent who is considering sponsoring their netball kit for our Easter tour to Barcelona.

The students learn to create these in computing and it is something that could be used in other subject areas when students present research or for group projects.

Student Digital Leaders can support staff who may like to learn how to create these.

Sign up here:

Word Foto

This week’s tip was shared by Steven who has used the app Word Foto to create RS resources with key words.  He sent me a link to a blog post written by a history teacher that explains a little more about how you could use it.
It is worth having a look at this blog if you are looking for new ideas and if you are on twitter she is worth following as she regularly tweets good ideas.

Using Ankiapp to help students recall information

This week’s blog is linked to our shared target with a focus on reviewing knowledge and retrieval practice.  There is some interesting reading and links in the blog and if you are a technology enthusiast, you may be interested in the app.   Ankiapp is an app that can be accessed by teachers and students.

How does the app work?  Students complete the question, from the flashcard, and are then asked to rate how ‘easy’ they found that question. The ‘space recognition algorithm’ used by Ankiapp has been developed by their ex-neuroscientist and, based upon the students’ response, determines how soon the same question is repeated during the students’ review.

I have not used this yet, but I am going to try and create one and see how it works.

iPad Apps

I attended an iPad in education workshop today and had demonstrations of some free apps that people may or may not have already used (free depending on your model).

 iTunes U – free educational content that has been published and can be accessed.  You can get it free from the app store.  Anyone can publish a course by signing up as an instructor and then this can be shared with pupils via their devices (if they have apple), perhaps this is something for the future….!  

 Keynote – a presentation app.  I don’t have this on my iPad Air, but if you have iPad Air 2 or iPad Pro it comes free (it’s £7.99 otherwise).  They gave a demo. of it and showed how it can be used in the classroom.  You can add videos, pictures and write on it like an interactive whiteboard (if used with Air Server).  Similar to the Explain Everything app if you have tried that.

iMovie – an app for creating movies using photos, pictures, sounds etc.  Perhaps something to include in a lesson to engage the students if you use Air Server or it can be shared via You Tube, email etc. for flipped learning.  Again, only free on iPad Air and iPad Pro otherwise £3.99 in the app store.

Let me know if you are interested in any of the above and want anymore info.  If you are using anything that others may be interested in, then drop me a line.



Below is a link to website where you can sign up to an online voting system.  It is a very simple system which only requires pupils to hold up a card which you then scan with your phone/ipad and it picks up their response.
You sign up online, create the questions (multiple choice or true/false) and then scan with the app on your device.  Each pupil in your class has their own card and after you have inputted their names you can check who has answered correctly or not.  A report can also be published.
I used this last week with one of my classes at the start of a new topic to find out how much they already knew and then I showed them the report at the end of the lesson and we identified some key areas to discuss.  You can have it on live view and show responses immediately if you want to.
Scanning the room takes about 30 seconds and the cards can be printed out for a class and used for every class that you teach.

Let me know if you want any help using it, but it really is very simple.