The Three Little Pigs

During this lesson we brought together all of our knowledge of Ipads, Apps and using mobile technologies to assist learning experiences and as a group created a classroom resource. We decided on the story ‘Three Little Pigs’ and chose to make the resource using the Ipad as we felt they are increasingly being favored in settings.

First we looked at using the app VideoScribe. However, after using it briefly we realised we could not get some of the images we desired and it was very time consuming. We reviewed this and thought VideoScribe may not be so appropriate for the Early Years.

We then decided to use the app we had all explored previously ‘Explain Everything’ which I had also previously used. Whilst creating our resource we aimed to draw together all of our knowledge from the previous sessions as well as sharing our own knowledge within the group.  The app ‘Explain Everything’ was very easy to use; the layout of the app and the facilities it offered were easy to initiate and alter. All members of the group were able to access this app and we all felt it would be appropriate for children in the Early Years and Key Stage One.

We created an example of what children could make themselves in a Key Stage One class independently or possibly with adult assistant in the Early Years. The app ‘Explain Everything’  enabled us to use drawings, along with sounds and writing to retell and create the story. We also felt there were a range of skills developed by the using this app.

Please click on the link below to see an example of the kind of product children could make:

This app could be used in a variety of ways which are discussed in our planning:

Plan- Three Little Pigs- Ipads- Explain Everything

To consolidate the session every group presented their created resource , explained and demonstrated  how to use the specific app. I felt this very beneficial as we all accessed the app and then were given a step by step guide about how to create the resource. I decided to video these presentations to allow for personal reflection.  Once recorded using the Ipad, I wanted to upload them to YouTube. I had to create an account and then upload the video, this however, was not as straight forward as first thought, and was very time consuming.

Now I have a YouTube account, I feel I could use this in settings to share with parents and carers children’s work, I would ensure the privacy settings are appropriate and that the video would not be public.

 

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Julia

Hi, my name is Julia. I am 20 years old and from Hertfordshire I am a third year studying BA Early Years Education QTS at The University of Northampton.

5 thoughts on “The Three Little Pigs”

  1. Hello Julia

    Was just reading this post of your blog and thought your choice of app as seen above is brilliant! It looks exciting, easy to use and stands out to me as a tool that could be used and applied for any lesson for cross-curricular uses. I agree what you have said about using it with both children in the Early Years Foundation stage and Key Stage 1. I think if it is used in the correct manner by making sure it is age and stage appropriate then it could be used across any age phase!

    1. Belinda, I agree, i feel that quite a lot of practical apps which are versatile can be used with any age or stage. I think sometimes, allowing children to explore apps is a great way of finding out their initial knowledge and skills which then can be built on through more directed sessions.

  2. In this case though I felt that the amount of effort that went in to making the resource was far too great for what you may have got out of the end product. Sometimes I think that iPads can be great to enhance the enjoyment and interactivity of the learning but in this case I felt the input outweighed the output. I think that once you become familiar with apps, however, it may be that what you produce is easier and less time consuming.

  3. Hi Julia,
    It was really interesting to read about the ‘Explain everything’ app, it sounded easy to use and accessible. I also found it was good how you used an audio voiceover to retell the story of the three little pigs. I feel this is an exciting way for the children to involve themselves in the story, and is also an appropriate for all ages. I look forward to hopefully using this app in furture placements. Naomi

    1. Naomi, this app is very good, however, it is very time consuming and as Verity commented the input outweighed the output. I still feel this app is very versatile and can be used for a range of activities and such a large variety of skills can be developed through it. I think this app would be most beneficial if children either worked with an adult to create an outcome or if they were able to access it during free play and not have a specific task in hand.

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