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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.

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

SeaWeenies Sand & Water Play Table £143 - Education Furniture[ image: http://www.equip4work.co.uk/shop/seaweenies-sand-water-play-table.html. Accessed: 06/10/14]

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.