Category Archives: apps

My first go at iMovie


As part of being an Apple Seed at school (people who get extra training to help others on staff use iPads ), we are required to run some pd sessions for staff, which is fair enough. The pd I am going to help run , with my colleague Natasha, will be about iMovie, so I thought I had better get on and have a try myself, as I have always asked my students to use it and just watched.

It has taken me a few hours, to search for the right images and then work out how to put an iMovie together, but here is my first attempt. I really enjoyed creating it and by using a pre-existing template, didn’t have to make very many decisions about layout or design – it’s done for you.

So a good way to start.

If you would like to watch it, you need a password, which is jb130563.


Quotes that make me smile


Another page I have on Pinterest is quotes – I collect ones that make me smile or go ahhhhhhh or think a bit.

Just a couple of them…..
‘Don’t look back. You’re not going that way.’

Dalai Lama- ‘There are only 2 days in the year that nothing can be done. One is called yesterday and the other is called tomorrow, so today is the right day to love, believe , do and mostly live.’

Check them out at

Mindfulness and Meditation in the primary classroom


This is something I am really interested for me and the students – I wonder what effect it would have if your class practiced how to be mindful on a daily basis?

I have some resources to share, some I am re-sharing from a colleague at school, who shared them with the whole staff this week. (thanks Matt!)

Check them out if you are willing to try something new or revisit this way of being……

smiling minds

Smiling Minds –    What is Smiling Mind? Smiling Mind is modern meditation for young people. It is a unique web and App-based program, designed to help bring balance to young lives.


magical adventures             enchanted med2               positive penguins              super stretch

Magical Adventures  –  $2.99  – meditation ideally suited to 4-7 year olds.

Enchanted Meditations for kids 1 – $2.99 – 4 enchanted audio tracks – Jellyfish relaxation; an underwater dolphin ride; rainbow relaxation; the magic rainbow – 3-9 year olds

Positive Penguins – Free – helps children to understand how their feeling arise and to challenge negative feelings before they get out of control.

SuperStretch – Free –  yoga app for kids, the adventure of Super Stretch. In a story format with Super Stretch introducing you to his friends and their yoga poses.

Guided Meditation pdfs



Namaste to you all.

Visual Timers for your iPad classroom


Visual Timers for your iPad Classroom

Here is a selection of timer apps for classroom use, shared from the Apps In Education blog I subscribe to.


VisTimer Free: $1.99

The VisTimer was developed to provide a gentle implementation of time imposed limits. It utilizes an animated shrinking pie chart to depict elapsed time.Visual thinkers often have difficulty conceptualizing time. Being able to see the changing pie chart as time passes makes it easier to understand time.




visual timer HD

Visual Time HD: $2.99 
Visual Timer HD is a timer which slowly uncovers a stunning photo over time. The time chimes when the time is up. The timer can be set quickly by controlling a slider and/or plus and minus buttons for adding or subtracting minutes and it includes a digital representation of the remaining time.


Visual countdown timer

Visual Countdown Timer: $2.99 
A digital timer that shows the elapsed time clearly and is easy to use. You can countdown from any duration. It uses the full screen of the iPhone/iPod touch without any additional clutter while running. It helps to better visualize the concept of time, useful for example during an oral exam or to teach time to kids.





Kiddy Timer

Kiddy Timer: FREE
Kiddy Timer is the perfect time management tool for parents, and teachers to monitor children’s daily activities. This is a beautiful, easy-to-use, functional timer. Simply add child’s photo, name and select up to 4 timers that fit your child’s age and daily schedule.



waitstripsWaitstrips: $0.99 
The Waitstrip provides a concrete visual representation of increments of time, amount of steps to be completed, number of minutes to work, number of math problems to be completed etc. It is a visual guide that allows an individual to remain on task or focused for a duration of time.

Hope you find one that you want to try out!