Rossett School iPad Trial


Over the last few weeks you may have seen teachers using iPads around the school.

They are trialling aids to teaching and learning through new technology.

Teachers will be blogging their progress here on realsmart and on Twitter using the hashtag #rossettipadtrial

Show me – How to keep students created work – A step by step guide

I have spoken to a number of staff about Ipads, Apps and using ipads with students and one of the reoccuring themes is not been able to keep students work once they have completed it on the Ipads and they have been returned. Apps such as EverNote allow students to create their own accounts and log in each time which works well, however, ive tried another way.Using the app ‘Show Me’ I have been able to retain students work, email or tweet. The app allows students to draw,add pictures, add commentary and discuss their knowledge on topics promoting responsbility and reflection during lessons.

Step 1 – Logging in

I have used Show Me and started by creating an account which takes a few minutes, I used a hotmail address and made a simple password that both myself and students could remember.

With students I would start by getting them to open the app and log in (option at the bottom left of screen – cog shape) all using the same account and password I have created.

Step 2 -Students work task

Students can now complete work, add text, images and sound commentary on a topic you have given.

Step 3- Saving the work

Once students have completed  they must save their work (I got students to put a title and their names).They must also choose a topic.If students have followed your instructions they can then log out with their work saved on your Show Me area.

Step 4 – Viewing the students work

On your iPad under the same log in, all the students work should appear on the homescreen area of Show Me and you can then use the Ipad lead to watch all the students work on the projector to review their work.You can then email or tweet their work as well.



Progress Lines, Photos and iPads

Here is something really quick and easy to do with an iPad that we have been doing in Music. It doesn’t involve any apps, I’m afraid but is a really good visual way of recording and showing how pupils have made progress though your lesson. It works well with our practical lessons where students are working at their own pace through a number of tasks or one big task that is broken down into smaller stages.

Step one: Draw a progress line on the board showing the different stages of progress.

Step two: Upon entry, give each child a post-it. Get them to write their name on it and they then place it at the relevant point on the line. Photograph it

Step three: As the pupils are working through the task they move their post-it along the line after completing each stage.

Step four: Photograph it at the end and compare the photos at the end of the lesson and discuss the progress made.

The three pictures show the progress of 7PK during last Friday mornings lesson.

Art Apps

We have been using Sketchbook Express which is a free drawing app, and is now installed on the iPads which are available for booking out.

When first opened, you can go through a quick tutorial which is very user-friendly.

To access the tutorial at any time, just press the i icon on the top toolbar, then help along the bottom toolbar and it will open up.

One of the best features of this app is the use of layers, which is similar to PhotoShop. You can import a background layer from your photo gallery. We have been taking screenshots of our work and then dropping them in as background layers in the next lesson in order to continue to add detail.

Overall, we have found this app easy to use with a good range of features.

Using i pads and the excelade app in year 9 athletics

Firstly we showed the students ‘the perfect model’ on you tube of a shot putter, this was in real time and slow motion. We then went out and the students were split into pairs. One performed after being told the teaching points whilst the other coached, picking up on areas to develop. Roles were then reversed. Students were filmed performing and then shown their shot putt technique using the excelade app, improvements were drawn on the screen showing angle of release and transfer of weight to aid performance. Also, students performance was shown side by side of the perfect model to again help improve performance.

The plenary was filmed were the students recounted and explained the main teaching points for the shot putt.

Mr McIntosh: Students using ipad apps in BTEC Outdoor Pursuits

Today has just demonstrated how engagement and enjoyment for learning can be greatly enhanced using an ipad in lessons. Even though I only had my ipad to share between my group of 10 BTEC Outdoor Pursuits students the buzz it created amongst them was brilliant. We were looking at different components of fitness, different methods of training and how the components are tested. I had previously downloaded an app called “Fitness Tests” which linked each component with ways in which they are tested. Here is Dean and Lewis working using the ipad app to help them with constructing their popplet for their assignment.

Georgie then looked at more tests of fitness components.

The app also allowed the students to compare their own results with national data, which was great for them to see how fit, or unfit , they actually were. As the students were all at different stages with their assignment they were able to pass the ipad around and research the different tests and compare their scores. Have a look at Dean below explaining how he is using the app.


Miss Tolliday

Having trailed the ipad over the past few weeks across the key stages I can, without a doubt, say that it is a fabulous teaching aid that enthuses and engages all pupils. Whether it be through simply recording a drama based activity that they can instantly watch back and critique and improve or through using apps to recap key terminology and present ideas all pupils have simply loved using the ipad.

Aps I have found particularly useful have been:

  • BrainPop – an app that shows mini videso on areas such as grammar  (as well as PSHEE, Science and technology areas too)and punctuation then tests the pupils on what they’ve learnt
  • Flashcards – this enables flascards to be saily created and used in whole class or individual basis. The fact that they that don’t rely on printing, copying and laminating, and are therefore eco-friendly and time friendly too, makes this app even more amazing if you ask me!
  • ShowMe – an app that allows pupils to draw, write and verbalise ideas that can then be used to teach the whole class a key words / phrase or that can be used as a revision tool/ I found this particularly useful with the lower ability / lower confident pupils as they were able to ‘get involved’ in a less intimidating manner
  • Popplet light – enables pupils to mind map their ideas which can then these can be saved and emailed. This worked well to collate whole class knowledge about a novel, as well as naturally creating differentiation by having the G&T pupils add their ideas last – meaning they had to think deeper about an issue/topic.  Again this created enthusiasm and engagement across the key stages.
  • Manga Shakespeare – an app that shows the Bard’s classics in a manga format. Pupils loved seeing the play interpreted in a different way. Additionally the use of images with the Shakespearean language meant the plays became more accessible, especially those who groan at the mere through of a Shakespearean play!
  • JogNog – a useful app that has a selection of readymade quizzes across a variety of topics. I found this app to be interesting and engaging as the whole class was able to get involved when we projected up on the whiteboard.
  • 60Sec Recap –this is an amazing app from an English point  of view as it does exactly what it says it does – recaps a variety of texts in exactly 60 seconds in an informal, engaging manner.


The list for apps I have found, used and found effective could actually go on and on – from audio versions of books, to GCSE English tests to story cubes and make your own dice – I really have found the ipad a brilliant tool to use that saves time and engages and enthuses. I genuinely do not have a bad word to say about this fabulous piece of technology.

Miss Birkett

Having trialled the ipad in classes over the past few weeks,  I have been able to experiment with a number of apps and the effect these have on student’s learning and engagement. It has been really easy to use and pupils took to it straight away! You’d have thought I was a celebrity even just holding it based on some pupils’ reactions! The engagement shown on every occasion of using it has been incredible with even basic tasks that if I’d asked them to use paper I’d have heard a yawn, suddenly they can’t wait to do their work!

Some of my favourite apps I have discovered so far are as follows:
Make dice- takes about 40 seconds to do- gives you a net of a dice on which you can put key terms. Shake the ipad and the dice rolls. Brilliant for starters, mini-plenaries and plenaries. I have used this in various classes including year 9 Challenge, AS Psychology and GCSE Business Studies. This can be used in small classess (would be ideal for revision) but with a lead to plug into the projector- could be used for the whole class. This app is ideal for differentiation as depending on the key term or question that comes up- target the pupil accrodingly.

Yr 9 Challenge students using Make Dice as a plenary about food groups

Simple Minds app-

This allows students to create effective mind maps very quickly. For an upgrade (pay extra) they can add images, upload to social networking sites and emails etc. This is excellent for revision of particular topics. GCSE Business Studies pupils created a mind map together on the topic of external environment. They added sub-topics and key terms from each sub-topics. They then made revision dice on Make Dice based on these. They really enjoyed making the mind map and even though they have done similar things before in their books, suddenly having them doing it on an ipad created engaged, collaborative learners. In addition, AS Psychology students make their own mind maps through carrying out their own internet research and then presenting their finding using this app.

GCSE Business Studies using Simple Minds app


Excelade app-

This allows users to make videos that can be slowed down, sped up etc to analyse performance. Feedback can also be given using the microphone on the app so the performance can be spoken over. This is also great for pupils to analyse their own performance and could give themselves targets based on what they see. I have used this in extra curricular activities such as cheerleading, whereby the girls have filmed each others tumbling and can watch it in slow motion to see how they can improve. They were all desperate to have a go and the following week showed my how they had improved which was great to see…it clearly worked! Furthermore, In boys PE, Excelade was great to film their rehersals for their dance routines so they could analyse their group’s timing and co-ordination. I have never seen a class laugh so hard once they watched each other dancing sped up!! It allowed for great team work and self-reflection.

Mel Lomax (Yera 8 cheerleader) using Excelade to analyse her tumbing
Yr 7 boys dance performance
Flashcardlet app– Possibly my favourite app I’ve discovered so far (based on saving us time!). This allows you very simply to create flashcards with key terms and definitions which can be projected onto the board or printed in a variety of forms for pupils to use. It also creates a number of different quizes such as True or False, Mix & Match, Multiple-choice and Fill in the gaps automatically based on these key terms and defintions….basically, does our job for us!! So far I have created revision cards for GCSE Business Studies and AS Psychology but will certainly be using this in most classes now I’ve discovered it!

Popplet app- allows pupils to make mind maps (similar to Simple Mind) but they can add pictures as well as text. Create excellent visual displays of their work, a great substitute for just using word or power point to allow them a bit more freedom of presentation. It also encourages independent learning as they can do internet research and add photos they have found into their work. This has been used with a year 8 ICT class and in PSHEE to show their research and ideas on a topic.  It can also be projected on the board and then shared with the group so they have to expand certain sections of the mind map- again, could allow for differentiation.

Sock puppets app- lots of varieties on the same theme but this allows pupils to make puppet shows and they type in the coverstaion they wants the puppets to have. Similar to goanimate. Students seem to really enjoy it and it’s a great aid to consolidation of a particular issue or topic.

These are just a few app’s I have used but obviously there are so many more yet to be discovered! Overall- I have nothing negative to say about the ipad. I’ve been really impressed at it’s effect on teaching and teaching in a variety of subjects and classes. All pupils have demonstrated more on-task and engaged behaviour as well as development of collaborative and indepedent learning skills.

One very happy pupil (even touching the Ipad was apparently 'the biggest of his life')


Mrs Waddington – Drama & Performing Arts

I have used the ipad for video purpose. This has been such a great tool as students have been able to access their work immediately with a view to self and peer assessment. This has improved the quality of the performances definitely. Students are keen to be filmed too – so more are putting themselves forward for performance – this shows a great improvement in their confidence. The ONLY downside for us is that we all want to use it – and there’s only one!

Mr Taylor Ipad Trial

I recently took a group of Rossett students to participate in the annual Rotary Technology Tournament. This out of school event was an excellent opportunity to trial the Ipad and think about how to maximise an out-of-school experience. Students and myself loved the fact they could watch a recording of their work in progress then send instantly back to school for inclusion in lessons, realsmart or twitter. I can see the benefit of Facetime for events like this


Unfortunately we didn’t win the contest but our students did us proud.

Mr Holmes’s Design and Technology Ipad Trial

So far i have found the Ipad to be a valuable piece of technology within lessons and the pupils who have been asked to use it have found it extremely helpful.  In the first instance, as a teaching aid it has been great as it has allowed me to access registers quickly and use the internet as a quick search tool leaving my classroom computer free for pupils to use if required.

Useful Functions for the pupils:

The camera function has been used constantly as it takes good quality imagery and pupils can email it directly to their school email without having to find leads and memory card devices – it’s much quicker than using a camera and the pupils don’t have to wait for myself to place the images on the shared area to access them.

The safari browser has allowed quick access to the internet for individual pupils conducting research tasks when a computer has not been available – and by using the copy tool they have emailed themselves the information to work from.

Skitch is an app where an image can be drawn over quickly with lines and arrows and this has been very useful with revision as it has proven to be a very quick way of annotating imagery rather than projecting it and hand writing over the image on the board – very useful to pupils with quick questions to gauge understanding (where on the image is the…….? Label the ……part)!

Book Creator is another very useful app as it is a very effective way of creating moodboards.  When done on word, all imagery has to be formatted and some pupils find this frustrating because whole page set-ups can change and move around if they forget to format one picture but with this app it is very quick, easy to use and very effective.

SimpleMind is a mindmap app which again, is a very quick and easy way of creating a piece of work which normally would have been done by hand or on word and could be quite time consuming.  The pupils understood it staright away and even commented that if they had this before the start of their coursework they wouldn’t have had to spend so long taking their time with neatness and presentation.

Itunes U has recently been shown to me by Mrs Young and is something that i will be using with my students for revision – especially my A level classes as it allows you access to a huge range of visual resources that span many different topics.  I can see pupils downloading videos from universities on subject specific topics when researching issues.

So far, i have been extremely impressed with the Ipad and have been amazed at how easily the pupils have taken to it, it has saved myself and pupils time, it’s been really easy to use and above all else – less pupils have ‘lost’ their work because it’s in their email which has also meant alot less printing has been done which certainly can’t be a bad thing!