So, we are finally getting a clearer picture of what a future National Curriculum
may look like. With the aim to develop pupils’ grammar, spelling and the reciting of poetry, as well as the compulsory learning of a foreign language from the age of seven there is a definite need for ICT to support these bold intentions.
Here we are going to consider 5 top tips for using iPads and iPods to support the aims of the future National Curriculum.1. Poetry Recital
- Use the ‘Voice Memo’ built-in app to record a poetry recital – with one pupil recording their part of the story or a verse from a poem, then passing it to a classmate who adds their part and so on. Pupils can then listen to the story/poem and offer suggestions for improvements. These can then be added to the school’s learning platform or website to encourage learning at home. Schools can use this to collate a repertoire of poems.2. Spelling
- Use the ‘Strip Designer’ app to create a comic book – focussing-on the correct spelling of words.3. Grammar
- Consider the use of ‘Grammar App’ from Tap To Learn to analyse understanding of grammar, with fun exercises to support learning of key grammar concepts.4. Modern Foreign Languages
- Use the ‘Make a Martian’ app to create an alien, which the pupils can then describe in the target language.5. Ancient Greek
– Use the ‘Perseus’ website to translate Greek texts, after adding the Greek keyboard from the ‘International’ menu in Settings.
For further ideas on Apps visit Learning in Hand
. For case studies on the use of iPads and iPods in the classroom visit The Grid
Download a list of Apple Education Apps
collated by Elm Park Primary School, a member of the Havering Apple Regional Training Centre.Dave Smith
ICT Adviser - Havering School Improvement Services, London, England
Havering Apple Regional Training Centre Manager
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