Month: October 2013

Comparative sentences; a small but effective connector activity.

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Here is Just a small idea that worked well with one of my year 9 groups. This was the connector activity from a lesson on personal descriptions.

I gave the class pictures of four different celebrities and a list of connectives which they don’t usually use and that imply the subordinate phrase in a sentence will be to the contrary of the first (e.g. whilst, however, although, on the other hand etc…)

I found that they were writing more complex sentences in their writing later on because they were then trying to describe what people were like and also not like having now being challenged to use the connectives later on in that lesson.


Comparing Students’ work using ‘Photo Collage’.

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The free App ‘Photo Collage’ allows you to compare two pictures taken independently within the same frame quickly and easily, allowing for peer assessment and spot the difference activities.

The App could be used during lesson planning; a frame could be prepared and attached it to a PowerPoint (via email) as part of the feedback from homework tasks.

Additionally, photos could be taken of work in class and put into a frame so that peer assess activities can be assessed in real time, which could then be could connected to the Interactive Whiteboard using the mirroring feature through AirPlay; just select the image from the iPad’s camera roll.

Below is an example of a completed frame, which pupils could use to: peer assess, spot the difference/similarity as well as stimulate conversation/writing with two contrasting images; the list is endless.


Useful Pinterest Links

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Further to my post about Pinterest, below are some useful pinboards for you to follow; all you need to do is type in your subject to find a whole host of resources, ideas and techniques.

Science resources/ideas:
English resources/ideas:
Maths resources/ideas:
History resources/ideas:
MFL resources/ideas:
PE resources/ideas:
Display ideas for teachers:

Socrative 2.0 update.

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Socrative is a fantastic classroom tool that enables teachers to carry out formative and summative assessment through online quizzes that are marked in real time. The announcement that Socrative will release an updated version (Socrative 2.0) has some welcome revisions. It has been announced that Socrative 2.0 will have the following features:

  • Teachers will be able to ask quick questions to all students in class, allowing for more effective questioning and allowing the shiest of pupils to engage in class discussion.
  • Students will have the option to work on questions in any order that they like when they are completing student-paced activities.
  • Students will be able take part in ‘Space Race’ games, which allow pupils to work in a team or individually, with their progress being shown by space rockets.
  • Teachers will be able to input pictures and quizzes into the tests.
  • Teachers will be able to issue pupils with exit tickets.
  • You can now rule true or false questions.
  • Questions are now graded in real time in teacher view and a final report is given that you can share with pupils.


Here is an example of pupil exit tickets.


Here is an example of progress screen in Space Race mode.



An example of automatic marking report that could be shared with the class – pupils could be given a number so that their answers remain anonymous but so that they and the teacher know their marks and responses.



Socrative 2.0 will go live on the 7th of October 2013.     Click here for a video showing the new features.


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Pinterest is a fantastic app for searching for good practice. Pinterest is a tool for collecting and sharing articles on the topics which are most important to you. All you need to do is search a given topic (I searched for ‘iPads in Education’) and a whole host of articles from the web, a vast majority of the time written by teachers, are there in front of you; it’s like a Teechmeet on your iPad or smart phone. The articles that you find most interesting you can then pin onto a board in Pinterest (much like adding articles cut from a newspaper, to a scrapbook) where you can keep all of them saved and catergorised. Pinterest