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:
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.