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Session 4

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During session 4 of ICT, we discussed the ways ICT can be used to enhance other areas of the curriculum, rather than an isolated subject.

We discussed the uses of animation, a couple of examples are:

  • Using 2Create a story, children could create a story for any subject. They could re-tell a story already written or could make up their own story.
  • Using I can animate apps to tell a story in Science for example. This uses stop frame animation and Time Lapse.

We then discussed how ICT can be used for exploring places, (which are all great for the Understanding the World section of the EYFS), for example:

  • Photocard apps, for talking postcards. This app allows children to choose a picture (or add their own) and write their own messages on their own postcards, as well as recording their own voices talking. This is an excellent feature for children in the Early Years who may struggle using the iPad keyboard, or struggle with spelling. Other curriculum links this particular app would cover is Expressive arts and design, and communication and language. (Click HERE for a video on how to use the photcard app)
  • The RECCE app, which is an app on the iPad which allows you to see maps in 3D, and explore different places. This will allow children to visit different places, and will be useful for comparing different areas, for example the sea side, to the centre of London.
  • Google Street View – Special Collections.  This can be used on the computer, and has specific locations saved so the children can just click on a place that would like to visit, and see this from the street view:

After this, we were told about an excellent website which allows you to search for any topic you are teaching, and it brings up different sources, from different websites, which have online activities for that topic. This website is called Infant Encyclopedia.  All you have to do is type in your topic into the search bar or click on the matching picture, and your activities will appear. See below.

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Once we had looked at the different websites and apps and how they can be used across the curriculum, we were given the task to make an a4 sheet full of QR codes, that can be used as an activity sheet for children. The use of QR codes means that children who may struggle typing website addresses in, can quickly assess a website by scanning a code. This also eliminates the dangers of typing a general search into a search engine and getting results that are inappropriate.
We were given the task to carry this out in pairs, so Holly and I decided to focus on the topic of Minibeasts. We used a mixture of websites including Purple Mash, YouTube and the Infant Encyclopedia to find online activities. Every time we found a website we liked, we then needed to make that into a QR code which we could use on our sheet. To do this we used the website Scan.Me. This allows you to easily change the website address into a QR code that can then be scanned by any QR code scanning app.
Our final QR code activity sheet looked like this:

MINIBEAST QR CodeMINIBEASTS QR CODES – Click there for the word document.

Unfortunately we ran out of time, so we have had to put the codes on without labels. But if we had more time, we would have added a caption to each othe codes to ensure the teachers knew exactly what the children were accessing. Also, as we have put this on the resources site, it would have been handy for anyone who may want to use this sheet to know what the activities are without having to look at each one individually first.

Overall I think this was a really good session, giving us a chance to see how all the new apps and websites we have been introduced to can be linked across the curriculum, especially using the QR codes as a way to link them all together on one activity sheet.

Why use ICT within an Early Years or KS1 classroom?… at AnswerGarden.ch.



40 Interesting Ways to use QR Codes in the Classroom, by Tom Barett. 

Click here for the article.

This online article gives a huge range of examples of how QR codes can be used both within the classroom, as well as within the wider school.

One idea given is to place the QR codes in a text book, so the teacher could add in some extra information, and when the child see’s the code they can easily access more information about that topic. I think that is a great idea, constantly giving children extra information, while making it fun and interesting to scan the link and see what comes up.

Another idea is an easter egg hunt, which would be a great activity to carry out in a class. I made one of these for Placement 2a, however unfortunately all the websites I used to link pictures to my blog were blocked by the school so I did not get to carry out my activity. Nevertheless, it was a good learning curve for me and gave me the chance to trial QR codes within the classroom.

Overall, this article is a handy information sheet to have available for some inspiration on getting QR codes into the classroom.

iDoceo –  The Teacher’s assistant for iPad – Preparing for the New Year.

Click here for the article. 

I was looking for articles about using ICT across the curriculum, and came across this interesting article. While looking at ICT in the classroom for the children, I had not really thought about how ICT can be used to support the teachers as well. This article discusses a new app which could be the new teaching assistant, which is a massive statement to make! This app can:

  • Set up timetables
  • Set up classes
  • Set up seating plans
  • Includes a diary
  • Includes a planner
  • Resource manager
  • Lesson Planner

Here is the actual website for the app itself. 

From looking at the information, this App looks as though it could be a little bit too complicated, with more on it than there needs to be, for example pictures of all the individual children. However, if this app is available, it would be interesting to see what other Apps are out there for the organisation of teachers!

Year 3 – Session 1

Digital Stortelling and Presenting

Hello everybody! Not only is this the first session of ICT for Year 3, this is also our first session back after the summer holidays! It has been nice to ease back in to University with an ICT session!

This session has been all about how we can tell stories using ICT within the Early Years. We have been given a wide variety of apps for the iPad that are fantastic for telling stories, all in their own ways using different methods. As well as this we have also had a chance to look at how the green screen works, and how this can be used to record something, and then integrate this into the apps we have already been looking at to tell a story. I have seen a green screen before, and heard about them, but I had never thought we would be given the chance to actually use them within our classrooms. Seeing it being used within our classroom at University, it has shown me how easy it would be to integrate this into the primary classroom.

For the main activity in this session, we were asked to get into pairs, experiment with the different apps, and finally have a piece of work we can show the class that tells a children’s story using one of the apps we have been looking at.

Me and Holly chose to work together. We chose an iPad each and decided to click on a few apps to see which ones looked user friendly, with good characters and scenes etc. Finally we came across the Felt Board app. This is a fantastic app which gives the effect of layering felt on top of each other, to make people, scenes, objects etc, all using the finger on the iPad. Here is a demonstration on how the Felt Board app works.

We loved this app, because we chose to re-tell the story of little red riding hood, and this app happened to have all the scenes, animals, people and outfits we needed to recreate this story. The app is extremely user friendly, you can just pick and choose items from the menu on the left, put them where you want, re-size using two fingers, and the app does the rest for you! In terms of the Early Years or Key Stage 1 classroom, I believe this would be perfect. The children can relate to the felt, as they may have had experience layering felt to make pictures already, but it is also so simple to use that they could easily make a few different scenes to then make into a story. This app is extremely cross-curricular, and would be great in the Early Years to develop the fine motor skills.

The only negative I found from this app is the fact that when you have created a scene, you can take a picture of this, but you are limited as to what you can do with the picture. However, this is easily fixed!  When you have taken a picture of each scene, this adds to your camera roll,  these can then be added into the iMovie app for example, to carry on the story telling. We chose to use iMovie to turn our story telling images into a trailer.


Unfortunately, we ran out of time to turn our scenes into a story using a different app, so this will be continued next week, and the resulting iMovie will be posted during Session 2!

Noisy Readers: Little Red Riding Hood

[Image: http://igloobooks.com/browse-books/ebooks/ibooks/noisy-readers-littlered.html#.VDLH6vldXlQ [online] Accessed:06/10/2014].


Do young children need access to computers as much as they need to play with sand and water?

Preston, C. and Scott Baker, M. Do young children need access to computers as much as they need to play with sand and water? In: Burden, K. Leask, M. & Younie, S. (Eds.). (2014). Teaching and Learning Using ICT in the Primary School. Taylor & Francis

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This is a very interesting article which discusses the use of ICT within the classroom, as well as the role of the adult within this.

This article suggests that schools value new recruits to teaching, (as I will be next year) as having a good knowledge of ICT and being able to use this within the school, as well as being able to teach these skills to the other colleagues within the school. However, due to the constant stream of new programmes, apps, and technology being introduced constantly, I believe there should be support / training available for staff more often to ensure they are kept up to date, and therefore the children in their class can receive the greatest benefits from this too.

A major benefit of technology, which this article discusses, is the fact that if children are lacking in reading / writing skills, apps / computer programmes give them the ability to carry out activities which could be difficult for them usually.  For example, activities which involve clicking and dragging words into sentences for children that may struggle to write but can read well.  As well as this example, there are a huge amount of other benefits which children can gain from, by using technology during the school day.

However, as well as using ICT regularly, children also need to carry out the physical activities that do not involve ICT, for example exploring with different textures, learning to write using a pencil and playing sports. All these things will give children the skills they will need in later life that cannot be learnt by using an iPad for example.

From this article, I think it is clear that technology within the classroom can be extremely beneficial, and all teachers should feel confident in using this to enhance children’s learning. However, I believe that enhance is the key word, as there should be a definite balance between using ICT, as well as other techniques of teaching and learning which is non-ICT based. Learning should take into account the different learning styles of all children, and it is an excellent way to deepen the knowledge children already have.