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) 

Using FlipQuiz in the classroom

This easy to set up quiz can be used across all curriculum areas to test the understanding of any topic at any level.
Created online, the quiz board can be projected in front of a whole class or shared via email, Twitter or other electronic means. Set up was easy and the ability to add pictures and web links, as well as text has huge advantages.


The board allows up to 6 category headings and up to 5 rows of difficulty.

The set up page looks like this.

Once you completed your quiz the display page looks like this.


One can choose to have a time limit, and depending how you issue the quiz students or teams can choose a category and level of difficulty for the question they want to attempt.

In the example, the question behind the tile indicated above is


Once time is up, use the reveal Answer button to show the answer.


To have a go at a live demo of this follow the link below