Padlet! Session 3

This session we used a website called padlet.

The idea of this was to use technology across a range of schools. Our idea was to have a variety of schools across the country all singing a christmas song. They would then put all of these clips together to make a community themed song.

Skype could be used to talk to other schools and sing to each other.

We used padlet to add our ideas to a class wall so that everyone could see it. In small groups we all posted our ideas to the wall.

QR codes were introduced to use and explained how they can be used in the classroom. These are barcodes that when scanned can open up a web link or a piece of information. A way in which these could be used is to make a treasure trail around the school environment where the pupils have to scan the codes to find the clue about where to go next.

Haiku Deck

Created with Haiku Deck, the free presentation app for iPad


We created this using Haikudeck which a an app on the ipad. We got our inspiration from scanning a QR code and getting the title The language of art and design. 

This app is simple and can be used with pupils. The photos are already stored on the app and can easily be chosen by the pupils. This was designed for use in a languages week whereby the school is learning about different cultures and countries from around the world.

I have added this resource to the teaching resources blog. This can be found at the following link:

Session One.

In todays session we were manipulating media to use in the classroom. We decided to create a video of Is this the way to amarillo? This is because children in need is on friday and so this this activity could be done by the children.

We originally planned on using a green screen to change the background of where we were but the app for this would not work due to the ipad being updated to ios7 and the app itself not being changed. Because of this we decided to film it in different parts of the campus and then put the various clips together using Windows Movie Maker before later uploading to youtube.

This activity can be easily replicated by children but it shows the issue with technology. When planning to do this in the class the ipads would all need to be checked beforehand to ensure all are working.

This link from the BBC discusses iPads in the classroom and gives some key tips to teachers who are thinking about using them and ideas on how to get the most out of them.

RE session 4.

This session involved us talking about how IT can be used to benefit RE.

The three key ways in which IT can help with RE are : Enhancing teaching and learning. Improving administration and planning. Improving assessment and reporting.

Although only the first way directly helps the children the other two ways will help with RE as a whole and the children will reap the rewards of this in their learning. An example of this is using the internet to gain lesson ideas from other teachers and to share your own successful lessons/ideas.

As parents and carers are interested in knowing how their children are performing at school teachers could set up a blog or write on the school website letting them know what their class are currently studying in school and how they can be assisted at home.

Using IT in RE can allow pupils to view video clips and information online to gain a greater understanding about the topic that they are studying. It can have many different benefits if used effectively.