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.
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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.

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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.

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

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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

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

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

http://flipquiz.me/demo.

Using Google forms for AFL

I’ve been putting a QR code on the student’s desks, learning mats and homework tasks which links to a learning summary google form I’ve created. The last section on the sheet asks if there is anything that the students don’t quite get.

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This allows me to either attend to the issue during the lesson or plan the support for the next lesson.

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Engaging challenge

I ran a CPD session this week (13th Feb) on how to embed challenge in learning. To start the session I asked all present to share their understanding of this concept. The most common view was challenge comes from increasing the academic level of a task ie teaching a GCSE A grade topic to a C or B grade student. I must admit that in some ways this is true and there was a time when this was my idea of how to best achieve challenge. I have found through experience that this technique does however have its disadvantages. By teaching topics that are beyond some students current academic understanding , you can run the risk of disengagement, demotivation and loss of confidence. My view of making sure there is challenge in my classes has now taken a shift in focus. 

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My current practice focuses on adding challenge through introducing topics that are matched to a realistic stretch of a students’ ability, therefore maintaining the learners motivation and confidence. The challenge is achieved by guiding learners to discover, apply, create and present their learning in a variety of creative and engaging ways.

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“The best teachers are those who show you where to look, but don’t tell you what to see” Alexandra K.Trenfor.

Below is a collections of ways I have been creating challenge in my classroom.

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