Leah – 10 apps in education badge

I have used my iPad to explore 10 different apps that can be used for educational purposes.

App name: Slo Proslopro-app-icon

Description: This app allows you to film a short clip or video and the app will edit it so it is in slow motion. It makes the individual steps or movements easier to detect and it allows you to focus carefully on what is happening. Once you have filmed the video you can edit it to make it go slower or faster using the edit tools.

Areas of curriculum it supports: This app could be used to support many curriculum areas to show children the details of an event or activity. For example, in PE they could unpick the throwing and catching technique. They could also film a science experiment and watch it in slow motion to capture every moment.

Positive: The app is easy to use and children could use the iPad to film each other, then edit the speed of the video after.

Negative: Because it is a free version you can’t save the videos onto the iPad’s camera roll, the videos have to stay on the app. You also can’t email the videos to yourself, this makes it hard to share the videos.

How teachers can use the app: The teacher could film an activity then play it back to the children as a class and talk about what they can see. The slow motion will allow the children to unpick the event or activity in much more detail.

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App name: Pic Collage

Description: Pic collage allows you to insert pictures onto a blank canvas or into a designed grid. You can add text, stickers, backgrounds, shapes and online photos. It is a fun way to organise photos while adding text to describe what is going on or to add titles and sub headings.

Areas of curriculum it supports: This app could be used in nearly every subject to help organise information. For example, taking pictures of a science experiment then using this app to write about what happened in each stage.

Positive: The app is easy to navigate and children could easily use it.

Negative: You can only use the photographs on the ipad or from online. You can’t use camera pictures without emailing them over, which would be very time consuming.

How teachers can use the app: Teachers could break down an activity into small steps with images and a few instructions. This could then be presented on the interactive white board. They could also use it to collect and organise images of a school trip or visit which could then be printed for a display or for the children’s books.

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App name: Pairing for Early Science

Description: This app is a matching game where the children have to match the images with words/ sounds to describe them. The children have to move the answers to the correct object. The categories include: the senses, parts of the body, young animals, animal sounds, and animals with wings.

Areas of curriculum it supports: Science ( Early years)

Positive: This app is really easy to use as It just involves dragging and dropping the images.

Negative: This app is only suitable for young children because it doesn’t involve much scientific thinking.

How teachers can use the app: Teachers could use this app as a fun starter for the children in a reception class. They could do it as a class on the interactive whiteboard or a group of children could do it on iPads. pairing for early science

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App name: Class Dojo

Description: This app allows the teacher to monitor the pupils in his/her class. They can give them reward/negative points which will be added to their character symbol. It allows teachers to manage classroom behaviour and the parents can also access these records and see how their child is behaving in school.

Areas of curriculum it supports: This app can support all areas of the curriculum because the teacher can use it in any lesson as a behaviour management strategy. They can also use it as a point scoring method for a particular activity in a lesson.

Positive: the children can see how their behaviour is progressing and the visual images and score scheme will remind them that they need to display good behaviour.

Negative: parents can contact the teacher through this app but I think this may be a negative point because parents may bombard the teachers with messages about their child. This could be overwhelming for the teacher.

How teachers can use the app: Teachers will use this app to manage the behaviour of the children and keep a record of what behaviour happened in the lesson.

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App name: Bible for kids

Description: This is a child friendly app that includes many of the biblical stories. Each story includes animated images and a voice over who is telling the story. You can choose when to turn to the next page and you can even go back pages if you need to. There is also the option to touch the image and move around the screen to get a good idea of the whole picture.

Areas of curriculum it supports: Religious Education

Positive: it uses child friendly language and the voice over reads at a good pace for children to take it in.

Negative: The teacher would have to stay with the children while they were listening to the story because it needs to be clicked onto the next page each time.

How teachers can use the app: Teachers could use this app to introduce a biblical story to the class because it will help them to understand what it is about as well as being engaging. Also, teachers could use the stories for a whole school assembly as it could be displayed on the IWB for all the children to see. It is a simple yet interesting way to introduce new ideas to the children.

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App name: Bee- Bot

Description: This app is just like the real sized Bee- Bots but you programme them through the key on the side. The app includes mazes for the children to complete. They have to programme the bee bot to go in the correct direction so it reaches the designated final spot. For example, making the way to the flower while going around the obstacles of fences or rocks.

Areas of curriculum it supports: ICT

Positive: This app helps children to develop their computer science skills as they can practice writing algorithms, coding and de bugging through the app. It is easy to use and it’s interactive for the children.

Negative: The sheep herding level is quite difficult because the sheep move around after each movement. This could confuse children and they may find this a distraction when trying to programme the Bee Bot’s direction.

How teachers can use the app: The teacher could set children a task to complete the Bee Bot mazes as part of an ICT lesson. The teacher could also demonstrate how the real Bee Boots work because they can explain how to input the instructions and how the Bee Bot remembers every instruction.

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App name: 10 Minutes a Day Times Tables

Description: The child can set up their own profile where they select a racing car. They have to pick which times tables they need to practice in order to begin the car race. They have to answer the times tables by clicking the correct answer on the screen, which moves the car forward each time. You can choose whether to do the times tables in order, randomly or missing numbers out. The aim of the game is to beat your previous score.

Areas of curriculum it supports: maths

Positive: I like how you can choose which times tables to do in the race. This means children can practice the ones they are struggling with.

Negative: If children don’t like cars or racing they won’t find this app interesting or engaging. Also, some children may find this game repetitive as it’s the same race track each time.

How teachers can use the app: The teacher could use this app with the whole class and get the children to call out the answers while she/he or chosen children clicks the correct answer. The teacher could also use this app as an independent app for a child who is struggling with their times tables and needs extra practice.

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App name: Letter Workbook : learn to write the alphabet

Description: The children have to work through the letters and practice their formation. Each letter has an animation image (c – cat) so children can think about the sound it makes. They can then trace over the dotted letter to practice their formation. If the child does the letter with good formation they get a green tick. The letter is then shown on the opposite page where the children can view their progress.

Areas of curriculum it supports: Literacy; phonics, handwriting

Positive: It is easy for the children to use because all they have to do is use their finger to trace over the letters.

Negative: Only letters A-L are available on the free version of this app. For the rest of the letters to be unlocked there needs to be an in app purchase.

How teachers can use the app: The teacher could use this app to help children who struggle with forming their letters. The teacher could set them this task in the morning or in any free time they may have.

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App name: I Can Animate Lite

Description: This app is designed to help create short animations. You can use the camera on the iPad to take a series of photographs; capturing every movement and change in the frame. The app leaves a shadow of the previous image so you can aim for smooth movements and a realistic effect.

Areas of curriculum it supports: ICT ; children are developing their skills as they use the camera and the app. It can also support other areas of the curriculum by capturing moments in the lesson. For example, making an animation of the art work the children created.

Positive: It is really easy to use and children could use this app in many ways to capture their work and film their own animations. They could work together to move the objects and use the app to record it as an animation.

Negative: You can’t add sounds or effects on this app, this limits what you can do with the animation. Children/ teachers would have to use another app to edit their clip; adding sound, visual effects and text.

How teachers can use the app: The teacher could set the children a task of making a short animation based on a chosen topic. She could divide the class into groups for this activity and then the children can present their animations to the rest of the class at the end of the lesson.

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App name: Alphablocks

Description: This app has the different letter sounds each presented as a alpha block. Each letter has its own character features and its own song to practice saying the sounds. The Children can go through the sounds and practice saying them. The idea of the Alphablocks has been taken from a TV children’s TV show.

Areas of curriculum it supports: Literacy: phonics

Positive: I like how the app uses sounds and songs to engage the children. This makes it fun to learn and easy/catchy for the children to memorise.

Negative: It does not include diagraphs and trigraph sounds so it is only suitable for early phonics. Also, there are no activities on the app it is only listening to the songs.

How teachers can use the app: The teacher could use this app with the children to practice going through the sounds as they could sing the songs together. It would be a fun and engaging starter activity for the children.

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