Using Green/Blue Screen in iMovie.

I’m currently running Saturday enrichment sessions focusing on the ‘Everyone Can Create’ modules published by Apple Education.

Below is a short video I made using clips to support the pupils in creating green/blue screen videos using iMovie. Hopefully you might find it useful as well.


Using quizzes in class is an engaging form of assessment. If you get students to create the quizzes themselves, it is a way to adding depth and challenge to their learning.

There are a number of online quiz producing applications available to choose from, this post specifically focuses on which is what I’m currently using with some of my classes.

The reason I gave a go, was partly due to this image posted on Twitter


I had been using Kahoot previously but liked the way Quizziz displayed the questions on each players device and also allowed players to progress at their own pace.

As previously mentioned, I get my students to create quizzes as a task to consolidate their learning whilst adding depth and challenge. Below is a link to a booklet I produced in Book Creator to guide them through the setup process.

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Creating a Quizizz Quiz-1

Below are photos of templates given to the students to plan their quizzes.


Once their planes were completed they created their quizzes within the application.


Completed Quizizz where then shared to the class via Edmodo and posted on the students individual maths blogs.

Apps for education – Edpuzzle

Redefining Learning 


EdPUZZLE is an application which allows you to upload a video from libraries such as  YouTube or TED and trim it down, while pausing the video to add questions the students must answer. 

This application can be used in class or as part of a flipped learning environment and is ideal for teachers that want to make sure that online video assignments are actually being watched and that students are grasping the concepts and information being presented.

Multiple choice questions and ‘teacher view’ options allow you to see how students have performed.

As well as being web-based, Edpuzzle has applications that run in iOS and Chrome,  with and android app currently being developed.


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Apps for Education – Flipboard

 Redefining learning


What is Flipboard? 

Flipboard allows you to create your own personal magazine by collecting web links, photos, videos, hash tags and twitter feeds. You can then flip through your pages just like a real magazine.

Tried and tested

  • From a professional development point of view I’ve created magazines based on my most commonly followed hash tags or individuals twitter feeds.
  • For resources which I use with students in class, I created a magazine made up of the tweets from @revisejustmaths. Each page is made up of either a GCSE exam question or solution from their superb tweets.
  • Getting students to create there own magazine is where learning is modified and redefined. This can be done in class or as a homework task and creations shared, discussed and moderated amongst peers.

Using the ‘Decide Now’ app

This is a development from the roll a plenary idea and uses the decide now app which is a free down load from the App Store.

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This app is highly versatile and is not restricted to the example of plenaries shown here. In the settings section, the categories can be edited and saved to match any activity.


A bit like wheel of fortune, spinning the wheel will randomly select one of the categories whilst building an air of anticipation amongst all present.

My Top 5 ADE 2015

Inspired by a post by Stuart Hammersley  (@depipads), I wanted to list my top 5 take away experiences from the EMEIA 2015 ADE institute. 

Unlike Stuart, my 5 are in no particular order (I hope this doesn’t break the rules) 

  • Showcases  


Each morning began with an hour filled with 3 minute showcases delivered to the EMEIA community,by inspirational ADE’s. 

  • Global community 


The advantages of being a member of a global community shouldn’t need explaining in detail. The obvious being, a wide range of experience and expertise to call on for support and inspiration. 

One experience from ADE 2015 that went beyond my own, was my wife and children were able to experience a Skype to Skype conversation with my room mate Francis’s (@fbattikha) family in Israel. We achieved this by each making a Skype call home, and then facing our iPads to each other so our families could communicate. Very special moment. 

  • Technology 


A very useful and practical experience giving an insight into where technology advances are going and how classrooms and learning will benefit. 

  • Inspiration 


When 2oo-300 like minded people spend 4 days together you can’t help being inspired, you become a sponge and even at the end of the institute you crave for more. 

  • Time

This is something that a lot of CPD  fails to provide but is vitally important.  

So these are the top five experiences Apple institute gave to me, but what about what all ADE’s give back. Well this card that was included in a parting gift seems to sum it up nicely. 

(Photos by James Toyer, Mark  Anderson, Craig Smith, Pad@gogie, James Potter and Simon Pile)