Monday, 17 April 2017

How to effectively Flip your classroom today!

'Flipped Classroom', 'Blended learning' and 'Student engagement' are just some of the Keywords that have been flying around. Many more educators are now embracing these forms of lesson design and plan accordingly, but we are still seeing a technological gap.

Not everyone finds every aspect of flipping a lesson easy or user friendly. There are literally thousands of edtech tools and many are complex and/or useless when we talk about using them to flip the teaching.

Flipping the classroom or a blended learning model is at the most basic level switching the instructions previously given in class to home via online tools(Such as video and research tools) leaving more time in class to dive into the understanding and application of the learned concepts.

Many countries and their respective curriculum are switching to 'deepening' the understanding of concepts and talk about 'mastery'. A Blended model allows the teacher to do just this as differentiation is made easier and students come to class, ready with questions to extend their learning.

Sound great! Where do I start?

Well, if you are looking for an ALL-IN-ONE Solution, I would suggest looking into Flipasaurus. The video below will outline all its key features and show you how you can use this in your class today!

Some key Features you can use within Flipasaurus are:

- Uploading Private Content

- Upload Public Content
- Set Expiration Dates to content
- Check Views
- Link outside of the platform
- Easily create QR-Codes
- Create and Host Podcasts
- Embed the content onto Virtual Learning Environments
- Free and Advertisement free!

Let me know what your thoughts are on this powerful platform to 'flip' your classroom and introducing a 'flipped' or 'blended' model.
Are you ready to try this? What are the key benefits of using a blended model? What is stopping you from trying it? What do you see as the main hurdles to overcome when introducing this model?

If you would like to learn more about this form of teaching and implementing it into your class you can check out Flip Your Classroom: Reach Every Student in Every Class Every Day by the International Society for Technology in Education or their most recent publication: . Flipped Learning for Elementary Instruction

Also check out the many great resources on the following website:

And never forget!
Creativity is intelligence having fun. -- Albert Einstein

Sunday, 9 April 2017

Resources for my class created in Google Drawings!

It has been a busy couple of weeks and I have been very busy planning and creating resources for some upcoming topics in my class.
As you might already know, I am a huge fan of programmable robots and especially bee-bots and thus have created some new Bee-bot mats to use with my students.

I also needed some new Bee-bot rulers as well as some other resources, so I figured making my own would be the easiest thing to do. I made all these, using Google Drawings and you can see some of the results here:

First up my Bee Bot rulers:
Now these had to be exactly 15 cm to work so I had to create two separate Drawings documents.
- 1 Document for the ruler with the exact dimensions being 15 cm x 2 cm and another document A4 size.Once the rulers had been created it was as simple as copying one image onto the second document. (Yes, I'll probably make a 1 min tech tip video on this)

You can download your own copy of these rulers by clicking on the image. Also, if you choose to download this file. I would really appreciate some feedback and/or ratings ;-) 

As for the other resources I made I focused on two upcoming topics in particular; Pirates and Space.
For both topics I went ahead and created vocabulary cards and a Colourful Bee-bot mats to use in class. 

The Space Mat contains a selection of objects the bee-bot can navigate to and this will help the students not only develop their necessary spoken language skills but also their understanding of how Algorithms work and are used in real life.

The card included contain a large section of images alongside key vocabulary that will be introduced such as; asteroid, planet names and many more.

You can find the file to use in your own classrooms, on my TPT Store by clicking on the image or link.

As I continued to plan for this topic I decided that having a focus on debugging and writing down the algorithms would be beneficial to my students at this point in time as they need a little more practice especially in the area of  'debugging'.

This prompted me to create Space Task cards on which the students can plan, write and debug their sequence of instructions used with the bee-bot.

These too are available as a Free download.

The final topic I planned some Bee-bot lessons for is on pirates. Not only does this topic introduce a range of new vocabulary it is great for directional work and using treasure maps to explore North, East, South and West. The Bee-bot needed an interesting and easy to use mat so I made the following using nothing but Google Drawings:

Click the image or link to find it in my TPT store.

As I continue to create more resources I will write another post and share more of the creation process in future videos. Hopefully you enjoy using these resources as much as I did creating them and once I have used them in class, I will write a follow-up blog post on the different activities and how the students responded to them. 

Sunday, 5 March 2017

Quick CV Design in Google Drawings Timelapse

Recently I was asked by a friends how long it would take to create a Professional Looking CV in Google GSuite. 

I thought about this question for a while and was unsure how to answer it. However, I was very confident that it could be done in well under an hour. I decided that the easiest way to test this and find out how long it takes, would be to create a template live, others can use, adapt and share. 

So, that's what I did. In the following video you can see a time-lapse sped up 5.5 times, creating a template CV which ended up taking about 34 minutes total (Don't worry, the video doesn't take that long!). 


If you are looking to create your own version of this remember that it is important to use Custon Page settings in order to get the correct document dimensions

For A4 these are:


Tuesday, 28 February 2017

App Review - Coding for the Youngest with Code-a-Pillar by Fisher-Price

Bring Coding and Logic into your classroom or take it home! This app is just what you need to introduce basic concepts and logic to your youngest learners.
Not only will they learn tons of important skills, they will love doing it and ask for more learning!

Find out all about the app in our video.

You can download the app for free here:
Code-a-Pillar by Fisher Price.

Here is a simple list of some of this app's key features.


  • Graphical Editor - Visual Coding blocks 
  • Logic and Motion, no syntax
  • Easy to follow, narration throughout the entire game
  • Colourful and Fun
  • Short bursts of information
  • Commands are introduced 1 at a time
  • Mini games on number recognition at the end of each level.
  • Orientation of the Caterpillar changes throughout the levels.
  • The turn block rotate on screen after being places so students can check and 'debug' their code.
  • Free and advertisement free App


  • Visual Coding blocks (non-syntax based programming environment)
  • iOS only
You can download the app for free here:
Code-a-Pillar by Fisher Price.


Start Today! If you would like to start working with a physical programmable robot in class you can find all the needed resources below(Affiliate links):

Fisher Price Code-a-Pillar Robot:

Other Programmable Robots:

Also, Check out the free resources page on this website and my TPT/Educents Stores for loads of Bee-bot related materials created and designed by me. Available as paid and FREE downloads.

TPT Store:

Monday, 27 February 2017

Bee Bot App - iPad Coding and Computing Apps reviewed

Here's a video from a while back on the Bee-Bot app for iOS which never made it to our blog.

Ever wondered if you too can introduce programming and robotics into an Early Years classroom? At our school we use the Easy to carry Bee-Bot Rechargeable Docking Station but not everyone has access to Bee-Bot Robots. Still want to introduce Computing at a young age? Don't worry!

This video is a quick review and demonstration of the Bee-Bot App. 
Start Today! If you would like to start working with physical Bee-bots in class you can find all the needed resources below(Affiliate links):
Other Programmable Robots:
Also, Check out the free resources page on this website and my TPT/Educents Stores for loads of Bee-bot related materials created and designed by me. Available as paid and FREE downloads.

TPT Store:

Tuesday, 7 February 2017

Safer Internet Day 2017

It's that time of the year again! Safer Internet Day 2017.
As every year, many classes and schools will be putting on activities for this day and forget all about Internet Safety tomorrow. A missed chance.

I am convinced that it is not the one day activities that are going to make a change. It is all of us, all the time. Educators like us, often pride themselves on the fact that we 'know' about curriculum and how we enable a 'transfer' of knowledge.

Given that fact a lot of us will think; E safety? I know what I'm doing and run activities such as; sharing a post with the world, seeing how far and fast a message can be shared across Social media.
Some teachers will look at how email is a 'new' form of communication and how chatting with strangers can be dangerous.

However, we are talking about digital natives here! These children, tweens and teens grew up with Technology. A Year One student was born in the same year that the iPhone 4 came out! (Feeling old yet?) Activities such as the ones mentioned above can be fun, but will have very little impact on our students lives.

That's the reality in which we are living. Social media is not something some of us choose to use, it is something all of us use. Schools and students are online, files and data are stored in the cloud, students are using smartphones and smartwatches. Connectivity is everywhere and I've spotted a  lot of smart watches aimed at children in our local Shopping Center for about 90 Pounds or 110 Dollars.

Now, learning to cope with this changed reality and dealing with potential problems online, is still not as ingrained into our school curriculum and practice as it should be. Often we, teachers and parents, don't know what we are doing, are out of touch with the latest trends and/or apps, or simply cannot operate the equipment.

That's where this Day comes in. To hopefully create more awareness about Digital Citizenship and E safety alongside sharing some useful resources with carers and parents.

As a Common Sense Certified Educator, I advocate constant integrated E-safety and e-etiquette throughout all lessons and activity rather than stand alone lessons.

If you too would like to have a look at some of the resources I use, you can follow the links below for more information...

Common sense Media:

Stay Safe Online:

EduCare UK: Educare UK

Thursday, 19 January 2017

Updates for in Q1 of 2017

First of all I would like to say that January 2017 has been an amazing and busy month. Not only has my family welcomed our second son into the family, we are now also more committed to a regular posting schedule for both this website/blog and the YouTube channel known as 'Flipped Classroom Tutorials'.

The first big change for our Channel if that after two years of posting tutorials under a custom URL which was in all honesty, a leftover custom name I claimed a long time ago, we are now posting under our new channel URL.

Doesn't this look better! I know, a lot of people will tell you that it's not possible to change your custom URL, heck, even YouTube says the following on their support page: 

However, as I am a firm believer in perseverance and learning new things along the way, we have been able to change our URL for a second time. Mind you, this will be the final time and we are very excited about being able to use /FlippedClassroomTutorials.

A second update is that we will start experimenting this year with some different formats of content delivery. Alongside more Screen-cast styled tutorials, we are looking into having some small scale webinars and long-format training sessions to upload to the Channel. These will be both live and pre -recorded, depending on the topic at hand. Do use the comment section on YouTube and/or here to let us know which training you would like to see going online.

The first one planned is titled 'Google Docs Mastery: Design is possible!'

Of course, as all things progress, will remain a central hub to share these developments, extra tips, presentations and more!

Make sure that you bookmark our website and return frequently, to ensure you are not missing out on some of the resources and deals posted.

I'm excited about what the first Quarter of 2017 has in store for us and I look forward to hearing your feedback.