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Sessions 5 and 6

Developing a Vision

This week we had sessions 5 and 6 together to ensure we had all sessions before the assignment deadline. We had a chance to look at a few more resources, as well as having a chance to discuss the assignment.

Activity Websites

Today we looked at Education City and Help Kidz Learn, these are two websites that can be used to carry out class activities.

During my 2b placement, Education City was a programme that was used daily for both phonics and maths lessons. I also used it as an introduction or a plenary to a topic, for example I used a science waterproof materials game to introduce the idea of ‘waterproof’ before taking them out  in groups and carrying out a follow up activity in the water tray. On Education City I particularly like how the website is set out, grouping the subjects separately, and then breaking them down. The letters and sounds section is split up into the different sets, with activities to teach the letters as well as activities made for practising. I would definitely like to have this website available to me when I am teaching my class.


On the Help Kidz Learn website, the activities are all very simple. However there is a teacher activity where you can make your own activities, called Choose It! Maker 3. I really like this activity and managed to quickly make my own science activity. It was really simple to add or remove boxes, pictures and text, as well as chance the colours and backgrounds. This could be useful for making a simple activity for any part of the EYFS or National Curriculum.




We then looked at ways of assessing children using technology:

  • 2 Build A Profile  – This app is a paid app which allows the Teacher / Early Years Practitioner to take a picture of a child carrying out an activity, link it to their profile, add notes and also add other children carrying out the activity with them on the iPad. This is also automatically synced to the computer. This removes the need to have cameras and to try and remember what was happening at a later date, as the notes are all made at the time it happens. Here is a video about the app:

    • Three Ring App – This is an app that can be used by both teachers and students. Pictures can be taken of the children’s work, discussions can be recorded of the children, and children can also upload anything they may want to.
      Here is a video for Three Ring:

  • Evernote – This is another app which allows the teacher to take photos and organise the observations online.


We used Pinterest to look at ideas for different areas of Early Years, and I now have a wide range of pins for the classroom, including resources and assessment. Luckily I had already used Pinterest so knew how it worked, however today I added a few of my friends who signed up today, meaning I can now pin pictures to their boards and I can access their boards when I want to. I really like this website, as it is great for searching for some inspiration during placements, and ultimately when I have my own class.

Importance of ICT within the Early Years and KS1

Finally, we were given a task to work in groups of three and order a list of statements in terms of their importance in ICT in Early Years and KS1. We decided that the top point was to increase motivation. As a group, we were in agreement that ensuring the children are inspired, motivated and enjoy the activities was the most important thing, as this will then encourage them to build on their learning. We took a picture of this on the Skitch app, which is a handy app which allows you to annotate pictures on the iPad.


ICT In the Early Years, by Rachel Ager

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This website discusses how to introduce technology into the Early Years. This article suggests that  we as teachers may feel as though we do not need to teach due to the children already having a vast knowledge of how technology works. However, it is not the case that just because children seem to know what to do with the technology that they actually engage with the ICT. When looking closely, children may know how to press the buttons, but do they actually know why they are using this piece of equipment, or what they can gain from it? I feel strongly that we need to observe what children know, and build on this to show exactly what children can gain from using the equipment, to ensure that they gain as much as possible from their experiences with ICT, and they can then take these skills further up in the school to benefit them in other areas of the curriculum

This article also discusses how the Early Years Foundation Guidance is too vague, with not enough help on what kind of technologies we are to use. Basically we are told to teach the children about every day technology and how to use it. However, I feel this gives the teachers the freedom to use a wide range of technology with the children in their Reception class, and while observing the children using these activities they can see which types of technology certain children really engage with, and will aid them across the curriculum further.

The value of play with ICT is also stressed in this article, speaking about how it is just as meaningful as mark-making is to learning to write. Children need the chance to explore the technology and enjoy it in play form, before being taught about the many uses and exactly what it is for.

Tagging the Learning Journey at Rosendale Primary School, by Deerwood. 

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This is an interesting online article about an assessment project which was put in place in a school in London to capture learning reflections, then use this to inform next steps for the children.

They decided to put this in place because they felt as though the assessment methods they had in place was not enough to capture the whole learning story of every child in their class. They decided to put the pupils in control of their own assessment using technology.

Firstly, the children were all given their own digital notebook using the Evernote app which I mentioned earlier in this blog. The children were given the task to capture their own moments during school, which they can do using various pieces of technology, and then these can be transferred into their own notebooks. The children were all extremely enthusiastic carrying out their own learning journeys throughout the year.

I really like the idea of giving the children the task of capturing their own learning, as it gives them the chance to look at their own work, assess their own work and then decide if they are proud enough and worked hard for this work to go into their personal diaries. This really does give the children time for self-assessment, as the children in this particular class were in Year 3, so it proves how teaching the children how and why we use technology right from the Early Years, they will have the capability for something like this as young as Year 3, and maybe even younger!

Session 2

Mobile Devices

During this session, we looked at Helen’s Prezzi presentation and received a wide range of brilliant apps to use within the Early Years, including:

    • Haiku Deck – This is an app where you can simply upload photos and add text over the top to tell stories etc.

Meet Haiku Deck from Haiku Deck on Vimeo.

  •  PlayArt – This app gives children the chance to play around with art from original paintings from famous artists. The children can move them, rotate them and create new pictures using elements from the original.
  • Popplet – This is an app I have spoke about before on this blog. This is a very simple way to make a flow chart about any subject imaginable, which can then be embedded into a document or presented to a group.
  • Jelly Bean Count – This app allows 4 children to all play at once on one iPad. The children all have a corner of the iPad each, which a particular colour. When the jelly beans come up, the children have to count the beans of their colour and put the amount of fingers onto their colour. For example, if there are 3 blue jelly beans, the person on the blue corner will need to put 3 fingers on.






  • Tellegami – This app allows you to make a video with an animated person, adding a background,  recording your voice / giving the character text to say, and sharing the video. This could be a fantastic app to use in History fore example, by having a historic place in the background and having the character speak about that place.

During Session 2 we were given time to finish off our digital storytelling task. We managed to transfer our felt images onto iMovie and change our images into a trailer. We really liked the fact that we could transfer the images from one app onto the iMovie app to extend the quality of our movie. We had previously used iMovie so knew how to add text and pictures etc. However, one problem which we came across was that iMove gives you a set amount of boxes to add pictures to, however, we did not have enough pictures to fill all the boxes. Luckily we found a way to overcome this problem, by editing the movie once we had finished, and we managed to cut out a few seconds where we had previously had to repeat one picture for a few boxes.

Here is our finished product.

This is a fantastic app for Key Stage 1, as the children would be able to carry this out independently once they had learnt the basic skills. However, for the Early Years I feel that the process of making the pictures, transferring them to the iMovie app, and being able to add the pictures and add text would be a bit too much for the reception children. However, I feel this would be a lovely activity if the teacher / TA has time to carry this out in pairs for example so they can give the children the support they may require. It is lovely to see all your photos that you have made suddenly transformed into a movie at the touch of a button, and I feel the children would be proud of what they create with this app.

After we completed this, we were asked to try out some of the apps using the iPad’s and then review these on a joint review sheet, unfortunately we did not have time to comment on the joint review sheet due to our problems making our movie. However we did manage to trial some of the app’s mentioned.


Manipulating Media

The directed reading was: Manipulating Media, by Caldwell, H

This article discusses how useful tablets can be in the classroom to combine media in effective ways for different purposes, for example story telling. The article was based on a curriculum enrichment week held by Bridgewater Primary School. The theme was avatars, and the whole school was involved, giving each year group a different task to carry out using ICT to help the avatars who are lost.

To start, the school made a curriculum plan showing what each year groups specific theme would be, and the links to art, science and the new ‘computing’ part of the curriculum.

The children were able to mix and match a range of different apps on their tablets to actually carry out their activities, for example they could draw a picture, take a picture of this on the tablet, and then transfer that picture onto a different app, and from this they could actually have their artwork as a background for a film for example.

The article goes on to discuss how the children were learning, what they were learning and what they gained from the experience.  Overall, using tablets in the classroom to enhance any topic / area of learning is a bonus, as it gives the children a new interest in the topic. It gives the children a chance to use a wide range of creative ideas to create something rather than just drawing an idea on a piece of paper for example. The opportunities to children are endless.

iPads in the classroom  

I carried out some additional reading on the subjects of iPads in the classroom: iPads in the classroom 

This article discusses how iPads can  bring education to life, while making learning more engaging and memorable. It even asks the question, what if we were to give all children an iPad to use in school and to take home with them? In my opinion, although this isn’t realistic, it would be extremely beneficial to the children, because any work they do at school would be saved to their own iPad, and they could then use what they have done at school to carry out homework based on this, and even finish off projects at home that they may not have had time to complete in school. It would also mean that children could have apps downloaded onto their iPad that are specific to their needs.

Overall, it raves about the benefits of using iPads in the classroom and is an interesting read.

Article: ICT in the Early Years

This is a very insightful article, written by a Rachel Ager, who talks about the growing need to actually teach children how to use ICT, rather than assuming because it is all around them now they will learn on their own.


Rachel discusses the adult’s role and the way they can teach children, while letting them play and discover at the same time, for example using questions such as: ‘what would happen if I pressed this button?’. I feel this is a great way for children to explore ICT and learn how to use it, without feeling they are being forced to learn the skills, or even know they are learning at all.

There is also a Health and Safety section at the end of the article, which discusses some of the issues which may not normally be thought about in a setting, for example not leaving children unattended with rechargeable batteries, or checking all plug sockets are safe.
It also touches upon the rules which could be put into place with ICT resources, e.g. a time limit on each resource to ensure a range is used and all children get to explore, as well as rules to keep the equipment safe, for example using the neck strap when taking pictures with a camera. For me, the time limit on resources for each child is a brilliant idea, due to the fact there is always that child in foundation stage who will run to the computers during free play, and stay on these until called for an activity. It is great that they are using ICT, however they may not know anything about how cameras work, so need to explore a range.

Overall, I found this article very interesting, and I will be using the ideas and information within this in the future when planning ICT sessions / activities as a reference point.

First Year 2 Session! Embedding Technology

Hello again!

We have all returned from the summer and have began blogging once again. We only have three sessions this year, but hopefully I will have a chance to build on my knowledge of ICT , and use what I have learnt in Year 2 in my 2a and 2b school experiences.

During the first session of ICT for Year 2 of our course, we spoke generally as a class about what ICT we have seen in schools, whether it is in a positive way or a negative. From this class discussion, I heard a lot of opinions of ICT, both positive and negative, but some also in a perspective I hadn’t thought of before, which I found extremely interesting.
From my own experience, the time that has stuck with me was when being observed by my PAT and school mentor during my 1b school experience, and the Interactive Whiteboard decided to freeze midway through the lesson, leaving me to make the quick decision to turn the children round and carry out my backup activity! From that moment forward, when planning ICT I make sure I always have a back up activity available.

After this, we were then given our group tasks, and we have been given the task of either retelling a book, making a trailer or adding an alternate ending to a book, using different resources such as computer programmes or different apps on the iPad.

A few examples which are excellent to use with children in Early years or KS1 could be:

  • I Can Animate App
  • iMovie App – this is brilliant for making movie trailers, as all the themes etc. are already installed.
  • VideoScribe
  • Puppet Pals
  • Explain Everything
  • Colins big cat books
  • Strip Designer
  • Comic Life

The four of us in our group, Me, Holly, Charley and Emma all decided to use the iMovie app on the iPad to create a trailer for ‘The Ugly Duckling’, which we shall be carrying out during session 2.


ICT Session 1

Today i have learnt how to blog for the first time with my Early Years group.

I have made my site my own and I am ready to start blogging about my course!

As well as this, we have learnt about a wide range of resources that can be used in the Early Years learning environment, and how these can help as well as hinder learning for  children! For example the different apps children can use on their ipads and the different programmes children can use on the interactive whiteboards with their teachers.

I have been told about another myPad site that will help me with my blogging skills.

Helen On Ict