February is a short month and with half term for many of us in these short weeks, the time has flown by!
February has seen me working across the UK in Wales, London, Cambridgeshire, Wiltshire, Lincolnshire and I've worked at two conferences in Amsterdam, including the European iPads in the Classroom Conference at the International School of Amsterdam #CDLTiPad18.
At the #CDLTiPad18 event I got to meet lots of amazing educators such as Monica Burns @ClassTechTips who is one of many awesome people on the ICT Evangelist podcast. Check out that episode here.
As with every newsletter we have our regular features:
- a featured resource
- a recommend app with ideas for its use
- a guest recommended teaching and learning resource
- recommended reading
- blog post of the month
As always, if you'd like to get in touch you can reach out through my website.
Sponsored by VideoScribe
This month's newsletter has been sponsored by VideoScribe. Their app is one of those brilliant tools you can easily use in the classroom to create brilliant explainer videos. I’m very pleased to be working with them again on my newsletter. I've managed to secure a 25% discount on their annual plan for full users. Simply use the code ICTE25 when ordering to receive your discount. Why not give it a go first though either in an app on your iPad or in browser via their site by signing up for their free trial.
Teachers and students are using VideoScribe to create exciting explainer videos!
VideoScribe can help you create exciting curriculum content to keep students of all ages and abilities engaged. The software is easy to use and there are plenty of tutorials to help you get started.
Nurture your students' creativity and set them the task of creating short explainer videos to summarise what they've learnt, create their own revision tools or presentations.
Take a look at the example below, for a lesson on Natural Selection:
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For an idea of the sort of thing you can create with VideoScribe, check out this video some of my students made using the app.
Recommended app of the month
This month's recommended app is the simply brilliant Balloon Stickies Plus.
As you'll see in the video above, the app is really simple to use and has a variety of uses for quotes in the classroom but what about if you leave the speech bubble empty and use it for asking for:
- favourite quotes from that person
- what that person is thinking
- a description of the scene
- an alternative perspective
- use representing a key theme
- explaining a keyword about that character
- giving a synopsis of their role in the scene
Speech bubbles are an effective tool to elicit learning and critique from pupils and an alternative way to get pupils thinking about oracy.
The app is available on iOS and is free and has a 4+ age rating.
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