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Van Gogh and the Sunflowers

Posted: November 17, 2012 in Uncategorized

This is an amazing app with a number of cool features. First you have the story of the artist with beautiful illustrations. If you want the app will read the story for you which will help children who struggle to read.


The next cool feature is the ability to repaint the pictures using the art art pen pad so your children can create their own interpretation of the scenes.


As the story progresses you collect Van Goghs paintings and store them in a virtual art gallery which gives the children an interesting way to examine his art and provides grounds for great class discussion.


The very clever part of this app is its potential for DT. Where you see a moving picture you can press the screen which turn the movement into a cardboard reconstruction of all the fears,leavers and pivots you need to recreate the scene. This is totally amazing and the children can experience putting each model together.



The potential in this cheap app is amazing it provides a number of cross-curricular activities for teachers to experiment with and ideas to develop. Download the lite version and have a play. Let me know what you think.



123D make

Posted: November 10, 2012 in Uncategorized

This is a great tool that I have started to play with this term. It provides 3 d templates to make models of different things for you to build.
With my class topic of Up,Up and Away I uploaded the template for a hot air balloon and we built the 3d slices in class. My year 2/3 children struggled with cutting the cardboard so we used small cardboard spacers up the spine of the model to give them depth. The result looks good so far Nd there’s loads of different models to make.

With 123 catch and design out now as we’ll I am hoping it won’t be long before my class are designing and building their own 3d models. Great app with great potential.


Cloud tables

Posted: October 24, 2012 in Uncategorized

A great app for practicing rapid recall of your tables in class. Makes a great starter or fun tables session. Set class record and beat the teacher record and watch the children work hard to best the times.

Try to record their best time with no faults if they make a mistake pass it on.

A nice thing is you can see if they have made any mistakes so you can tell the children who are just pressing any old answer. Don’t tell the children and find out who is cheating !!! I had one boy with a great time but 25 mistakes!

Free and fun app.



Pic Collage

Posted: September 29, 2012 in Uncategorized

This is a really easy to use app that my class of year 2 and 3’s love. It is a simple collage creator with a great instructional video attached. Children can take their own photos or use the screen capture grab pics from the net and then arrange them on their board. Double tapping allows you to cut the picture from within the picture creating a great effect.
Where I have used this so far is in DT for collecting designs (in this case kites) where I can see it. Literacy ( collect thing beginning ,phonic sounds etc) history and recording school visits in an interesting way.
Love this app and so do the children. Any other ideas on how to use it leave a post.



Toontastic App

Posted: September 21, 2012 in Uncategorized

This app gives Puppet Pals a run for its money in a number of ways. This app shows the children a story arc laying out story structure and explaining all the key aspects of a good story. Pick each section such as the set- up, conflict, resolution etc and you get a brief description of what should be included. Pick a scene or draw your own and choose your characters. Your then ready to animate and add your voice over and effects. Here is where the next cool feature comes in. You can pick the soundtrack such as happy, sad and choose the level of drama.

When you finish you name your movie on the clapperboard and let the movie roll. When finished you can upload your film to the site if you wish.

For me this app blows Puppet Pals away with its easy description of story structure. I can’t wait to get this into my classroom !


Colour effects apps

Posted: September 17, 2012 in Uncategorized

The. Children really loved this app and it was really simple to use. Each group collected 5 photos on the iPad from different areas of the school grounds. By opening the app and starting the new project the chosen picture comes up black and white. The children can then paint back in any colour they wish making great colour wash pictures.

The app is free but I did find that not all of the pictures emailed to our gmail account came through which was a real shame. You get great effects though and the children loved it.

The flower below was done by Floss age 7 and I think it’s rather brilliant.



Using the Google Earth App

Posted: September 17, 2012 in Uncategorized

This is a great App for getting the children use to using the iPad interface. The class interviewed a visitor from Austria and then used an Atlas to locate the country. The IPads were then introduced allowing the children to pinch and zoom to the nearest city to where our visitor lived. From there they explored different features and the similarity /differences between the two countries flowed. The session ended with us zooming right in on our guests house. The gets was enthused also moving from group to group pointing out features of interest.

The app does not quite have all the features of the pc version such as street view but it brought a whole new dimension to Geography. It was nice to see the children using the IPad alongside textbooks. The hands on style to manipulating the world is a real winner for the children. Great App.