Creative use of tablets in school

European Schoolnet Academy Course


Tablets with their simple interface, portability, speed, affordability and their variety of apps are quickly moving into schools across Europe and a growing number of teachers are experimenting with tablets or are interested in doing so.

However, most of us are faced with the same questions: What rules do I need to set for the use of tablets in class? How do I deal with related administrative and technical issues? How can tablets support innovative approaches such as personalized or collaborative learning? This course does not only provide guidance on these topics but also provides a forum for you to exchange with your peers on these questions.

First two weeks


From some reason I can not post on my dipity anymore( it seems not only tricider has issues) so I've decided to continue my Learning diary here on smore. Hope you like it as much as the timeliner. You can always comment at the bottom of the poster. Thanks!

Videoconference on webex

Wednesday, April 22nd, 6pm

This is an online event.

1st Live Webinar: Parental involvement and tablets

Three teachers involved in the Creative Classrooms Lab project will be reporting about their experience of involving parents in the tablet implementation process. Use this opportunity to learn more about this important topic and ask your questions to these experienced teachers.

Papierlose Welt: Ob sich das iPad doch als Klopapier eignet?
CCL webinar: Involving parents in the use of tablets in schools, 22 April 2015

Good resource/ 23rd April

Example of using QRs in an eTwinning project

Using amara to translate a video

Nice surprise/ 27th April

Thanks, Gianfranco Marini! Both my diaries among your favourites, such a nice surprise!:-)


3.2 Forming Groups for Group Work

How do you form groups of students for group work and why do you take this approach? Based on your experience what strategies of forming groups work and which do not work? Why? Share your ideas on these questions here.

I use a nice tool to form groups, to make the process funnier, usually a tool from the collection, the Random Name Picker. After dividing them in groups, they can choose their role inside the group, according to their interests.

3.3 School-to-school collaboration with tablets

We know many of you on the course are already etwinners, so take this opportunity to share your successful school-to-school collaboration projects here, in particular if they involved tablets. And even if you are no etwinner yet, what do you think are the success factors for a school-to-school collaboration project?

I have a great slogan for the success of an eTwinning project: ”Divide the tasks and multiply the success”. That includes a good planning in advance, in termes of what, when, where and how. But we also need to allow everybody to work in their own pace, helping eachother when needed. I put here one example, because it made use of a lot of useful apps: smore, amara, voicethread, micromob, padlet, skype, issuu, slideshare, QRs and so on...

3.4 Apps for collaborative learning

Share any apps for collaborative learning here.

Storybird lets anyone make visual stories in seconds. It curates artwork from illustrators and animators around the world and inspires writers of any age to turn those images into fresh stories. This one is made with Evi from Greece for an eTw LE, Creative writing. It has a sentence about tablets, too! :-)

My badges until now :-)

27th April Webinar

Live Webinar & Case Study: Assessment of group work with tablets.

Monday, April 27th, 5-6pm

This is an online event.

The webinar will feature presentations from two teachers involved in the Creative Classroom Lab project and who were working on the collaboration and assessment with tablets scenarios. Daniela Cuccurulloand Wolfgang Ölzant will be speaking about their experience and respond to participants' questions.

Tools for assessing collaboration

Collaboration using tablets HAK Schladming

Thinglink and tricider webinar

Monday, April 27th, 8-9pm

This is an online event.

The European network of eTwinning ambassadors is organising a series of interactive webinars about the use of different tools. During the 3rd webinar, Emma Giurlani and Carla Stella are going to present the tools: Tricider and Thinglink. During the webinar you will try the tools and learn how to embed them in the TwinSpace. You will be invited in the TwinSpace and be sent the information you need.

My first tricision

My first thinglink

Zucker badge

Smore just offered me the third badge, meaning I had more than 100 visitis from facebook. I have now three, a globetrotter one, for visits from more than 10 countries, and marathon one, meaning my first flyer was visited even after one month after creating it. How nice!
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Nice resourse 28th April

I would like to share with you this site address I find it very useful. Surfing it, I found this nice blog,


Thanks, smore, for brightenning my day!
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Visibility of eTwinning projects newsletter

Very proud of my work here, discovered and presented on her wall by one of my colleagues in the course, Paola Ferrari. Thanks!

module 4

4.2 Personalising learning with tablets

Tablets and Personalisation

In both videos there are some concrete examples how the tablets have been used to personalise the learning and make the students more independent such as through using Aurasma for instructional videos and Edmodo for independently accessing information. What other ways can you think of how tablets can be used to personalise the learning experience of your students?

For me, as a Science teacher, a good idea seems using KWL creator for individualised learning.

K-W-L charts have been widely used to help students by organizing what they know (K) and want to learn (W) before they read and then reflecting on what they learned (L).

This interactive tool is equipped with the worksaver functionality so that students can save their work at different stages in the K-W-L process. Users have the ability to embed text links, giving an extra level of interaction and explanation so students can show their examples of their knowledge.

4.4 Introduction to the flipped classroom

Flipping the Classroom

Have you tried out the flipped classroom model already? If so, share your experiences here. You've never heard of the model before but are curious to try it out? How would you start to implement it in your school and classroom context?

I have experimented this method in a Physics lesson about I will tell you more in my Lesson Plan. But I used it in Etwinning projects, too! The teams were invited to research about different features regarding EU, post their presentations inside twinspace, then, after studying their peers ones, they should answer a questionaire on voicethread.

To implement it at a class level in Romania it would be a bit difficult, it won't look like working for parents, they would simply see teachers as being *lazy*, trying to avoid traditional teaching. :-(

4.5 Flipping the classroom with tablets

Challenges of the Flipped Classroom

After watching how Monica set herself up for the flipped classroom and hearing about other CCL teacher's experiences, what do you think are the key challenges to implementing the model in classrooms?

I think in my case there would be two challenges:

- parents who will see flipped classroom as a reason for me to hang around and do nothing for the *huge* salary I am paid.

- the wifi connection who could be to week to support the tablets for the whole class.

I found this text written online by another teacher: *Yesterday I was not a good teacher. The lesson was not inspiring; it was not empowering to my students. They did not become awesome creators of amazing digital content. It just didn't happen. The wifi was weak. There wasn't enough to carry all 24 iPads as we tried to get Drive and Docs set up on the 4th grade iPads. There was also just enough wifi that I wouldn't give up on the effort and move on to plan B, C, or D.*

4.6 Apps for personalized learning and flipping the classroom

Apps and Tools for Personalisation and Flipping the Classroom

Share any other apps and tools you know about for personalisation and flipping the classroom

My collection of apps used in eTwinning projects.

Bye(for now)!

What an adventure it was! Finally managed to receive one review, delivered two of them and got my final badge!!! Thanks everybody, it was a honour and a priviledge to meet you during this great course! It will take me more time from now on to surf all the LDs, we have something to learn from each and every one!

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