How to… Thinglink! By Rebecca and Heidi

25 06 2015

Do you use Thinglink? We used Thinglink to make our Pro-Bot user guide and we also use it in class in lessons, mainly literacy to describe a setting or character. We have written a set of instructions in case you want to use it, but don’t know how… We hope they are useful!



KidsMeet Presentation

19 06 2015


This week we have been thinking about our presentation at the KidsMeet in July. We have to do a 10 minute presentation in front of the other Heywood Digital Leaders. First, we thought about what we have done so far and mind mapped it. We also thought about what we hope to complete in the next few weeks before the KidsMeet. We will cover these things in our presentation as 10 minutes is a long time to talk. Our fifth challenge is to share our presentation title on the Heywood Digital Leaders blog. Here are some of our ideas…

Hopwood Digital Leaders
Divine Digital Leaders
Digitalised Digital Leaders
The Hopwood Helpers
Hopwood Digital Leaders: How we help
Hopwood’s Divine Digital Leaders Presentation
The Hopwood Digital Leader’s Presentation.

Images of writing

17 06 2015

Today we have been looking at images of writing that have been taken using an iPad or an iPod. We talked about what made a good photo and what didn’t make a good photo. We took an example of a good photo of a piece of writing that could be added to a class blog. Then we took a bad example. We used pic collage to compare the two images and add a do and a don’t tip. A couple of examples are below. We need to practice a little more, but then we’ll be able to support teachers at lunch and break times to add work to their class blogs. What other tips should you remember when adding images of writing to the blog?



Mr. Mayoh’s Fifith Challenge

15 06 2015

Your fifth challenge is to prepare your presentation so we are ready for KidsMeet Heywood 2015. I found out about an app called Wordeo on Friday at the conference I went to, so I’ve used that to ask you a question…

The full details of the challenge are on the Heywood Digital Leaders blog. You will have access to a computer, big screen, projector and speakers if you want to use sound or show a video. Here are some things for you to think about.

Get your thinking caps on Digital Leaders!


10 06 2015

This afternoon we were given a job to do by reception. We can’t share too much with you yet as it will spoil the surprise, but we will do once it has been seen in their lesson. It involved us using the app, Morfo. We worked through the app with Mrs Atherton then completed our task from the reception teachers. Next we made a set of instructions so we know how to use it next time and we can show other people how to use it too! Have you used this app before?

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Challenge 4 Our User Guide for Pro-Bots

10 06 2015

This is our User Guide for Pro-Bots. Will you add a link?

Challenge 4, by Emily

10 06 2015


5 06 2015

We have chosen the Pro-Bot to make our user guide on as we found them during our audit and know that they aren’t used as well as they could be. You need to research Pro-bots and add what you find to the padlet. You can link other peoples websites or videos but you need to reference them by coping the web address and including that on your post. You cannot copy and paste other peoples writing or work. You need to think about what questions people might have when given a new piece of hardware and you need to try think about how we could answer these when we make our Thinglink. Use the example in Challenge 4 to help you think about what you will need to include. You might want to add a post about what you want to include but can’t find on the internet.

Mr. Mayoh’s Fourth Challenge!

3 06 2015

The fourth challenge has been posted on the Heywood Digital Leaders blog. The challenge is to find a piece of hardware around school and create a user guide using Thinglink. There is an example below.

Thinglink is something you should be familiar with and we have used before in lesson before as well as for Starfly. This example has a mixture sourced how to videos as well as labels for what the keys do. You could also add sound through audioboom. You need to think about the image you want to use for your Thinglink once you have chosen your hardware.

Can you remember the difference between software and hardware? You can pick something that does a variety of tasks or just one. Did you find any hardware in your first task that isn’t used? Maybe this is because people either didn’t know it was available in school, or they don’t know how to use it. Follow the link to read the full details of challenge 4.

Phoetic App

2 06 2015

In our last Digital Leader meeting we looked at the app, Phoetic.

Some children in our school have already used this app, but only in a couple of classes. It was also one of the apps that came up in our survey we asked the staff at school to complete. We made our own pictures so we would know how to use the app and be able to evaluate it. We have also included some examples made by Class 7, Class 9 and Class 12.

Here are our evaluations.

Rebecca and Heidi:
Phoetic is an app that creates word art. It allows you to chose one of your own pictures or a template and turn it into a picture with different words.
It is very easy to use, so it would be good for KS1 and KS2 children to practice using adjectives. It creates a picture with your words. You can chose from a template you chose or picture you have taken.

First, you have to chose a template or picture, then you have to enter a few words for it to jumble about. You can also chose your font, colours and the orientation of it. You can chose different colours from a big rainbow wheel to make it a bit more colourful.

I think that phoetic is a good app because you can select a picture and make it your own. You can type in any words or phrases and they show up as either the background or the picture.

We used Phoetic in our meeting so that we could use it in when we go into different classrooms and teach younger children how to use it. I think you could use it in Art, English, Science and basic Maths.

Here is how you use it. First you use a template or your own picture to use as the background make sure it is not to complicated. After you do that you can slide the arrow across the screen. It should come up with a section called words, click on that and you press add, you should now come up to a word document, you can add as many words as you like, however if you add to many the writing will be so small you won’t be able to see it. So I will say around 8 words. After you have one that make sure you press the save button otherwise you will loose every thing you have just typed up. After that you can change the colours of the words by clicking on colours. Once that it done you can choose a font and which way round you want it. After that slide the arrow back across the screen so that you can see the screen. Then on the top of the screen you will need to click on word placement. You should see a bar across the screen it should slowly turn yellow, when it is at the end it should come up your picture. You can now save it and add it to your photo album.

I think the app is really entertaining and can be used for all ages.

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