Online Signing in System

Long gone are the days of staff signing in on paper…


How many people are guilty of forgetting to sign in when your arrive or leave school. And of never being able to find the tatty book in which to sign in on..

That’s why this year I decided to move all of this online. How much more professional does this look in our entrance hall.

Using the website Time Station, all of our staff now log in via this iPad. we use an old iPad 2, attached to the wall and locked, via Guided Access, to the Time Station app. Staff then log in with either their own individual QR code which the website generates, or using a 4 digit pin (great for those members of staff who forget their lanyard..)


Time Station then gives you a great platform for analysing staff absences and for safeguarding issues of knowing who is in the building. Simple and effective!

Who said school-made calendars had to be boring?

It’s that wonderful time of the year where all teachers go into overdrive with Christmas cards, crafts and numerous other activities to keep the children busy..

This is our calendar idea for the children to produce..

Using Do Ink Green Screen, we asked the children to save 12 images on their ipads, one for each month of the year.

We then used the green screen in our Media Pod for the children to take photos.


Putting them onto coloured card and binding them together, creates this simple, but pretty cool calendar for the children to take home!




Apple School Manager

This is my view, and normally this would be a headache and a half, purchasing iPads in bulk and having to enroll and distribute them all into the correct year group profile and settings. Not this time..


As a school, if you are looking to buy iPads in bulk, I would recommend enrolling your school with Apple School Manager. Recently we put in an order to purchase more iPads and I decided to try and enroll them through Apple School Manager, alongside our Management System of Lightspeed. To say it was so much easier is an understatement..

The most lengthy part about this whole process is probably the initial activation, in which you have to be verified by your headteacher and apple ensures your establishment is actually in education. This takes around 5 days to certify, after that, it’s easy..

Once you’re logged on, Apple gives you the option to sync with your MDM server. If your not using a management system for the deployment of your iPads in school, I would highly recommend it. It’s the easiest way to link your VPP account, group your iPads, push out apps and amend their settings as required.


To do this, you simply need to download the key from your management system and upload it. Most management systems will have a DEP section under their settings where you can find the certificate needed to upload to Apple. Download that and upload that onto Apple School Manager.


Next you need to download the upload key form Apple and upload it back onto your management system. This will ensure the two are linked.


Once linked, everything else is easy. As soon as you have connected the two, you get given an Apple DEP number- make a note of this!! This is the thing that saves you lots of precious time.

Now you are ready to enroll your devices- I say you, but you don’t even have to do that! Any company that sells iPads for education will do this for you. We personally use Jigsaw24, so one quick phone call to them, giving them our order number for the new iPads, alongside our DEP number, and they automatically enrolled the devices to our Apple School Manager for us. In less than half an hour they were submitted by Jigsaw24 and assigned to our school..


Then, logging onto school manager, all I had to do was simply put in the order number and enroll.


After this, you’ll find all the devices from the order in your School Manager.



Once set up, they will be linked on your management system automatically. Logging onto your management system, you can deploy the school settings onto these devices.


No need to enter any serial codes, no need to connect to a VPP, no need to enrol each deivce separately. They are all linked.


As soon as you turn on the ipad, connect to the internet, you will receive a message as follows and it will automatically be enrolled into your management system.


Then, what you do next is up to you, I’m currenly adding them all to the right year groups. Easy!


Making assessments more exciting..


Over the past week, I’ve had the pleasure of introducing the app Kahoot! into classes in my school. If you haven’t heard of this before, or used it, it’s a definite must. It’s an online quiz, think socrative, but much, much easier. And much, much more engaging for pupils..

The concept is simple. One whiteboard with the question and multiple choice answers on, and devices as the ‘controllers’. Kahoot! have really nailed this app and made the game so accessible and child friendly. Trialing it in Y6, I pushed out the app on lightspeed, to which about two thirds of our devices worked. Normally I’d be pulling ym hair out now, trying to trail and app without it being installed, but Kahoot! can simply be accessed through safari if the app hasn’t downloaded. And it doesn’t fault with wifi- we just had 45 devices connected in one room, with no issues at all!

All you need to do now, is set up an account and get started. You can create your own quizzes online or use pre-existing quizzes that other users have made. Making a quiz couldn’t be easier on the website, or even easier, a quick search shows up all the quizzes already made..


The beauty of this app, is the options you have available when writing questions. It allows you to type in any question, or upload an image. The image option is brilliant when looking at questions from SATs papers, or problem solving. It also allows you to change the time limit for the responses for each question individually, focusing on those which should be quick recall answers.


The question will then appear on the whiteboard like so:


It shows the options for the pupils to choose, how long they have to answer counting down to the left and how many pupils have answered, in real time, on the right.

After each question, the pupils iPads are locked- they only work at the pace of the whiteboard at the front of the room. The iPads will flash up green, if they got the answer correct, or red if they got the answer incorrect, providing a great glance overview at how the class have done. Alongside this, on the whiteboard it will also show a graph of the number of answers for each option- a great way to assess roughly the class’ understanding. After a question, if you notice from the graph shown that lots of pupils got the question wrong, you can stop and explain. The game doesn’t move on till you do.


Even better though, all this assessment for learning, and specific assessment breakdown per question is not lost- Kahoot! turns it into a spreadsheet to be downloaded after the game.


This is a screen shot of out trial at a KS2 SATs revision quiz, and you can quickly see the questions which pupils got wrong. It also ranks your pupils in order, so you can see where they are in the class and those whom may need support.

Another great aspect, is the competiveness. After each question the top five pupils are listed on a leader board. This is a real time assessment, and motivator, which differs from question to question. Pupils get points both for answering the question right and for their speed. As you can see from our final results, the top scorer wasn’t one who answered the most correct, but gained extra points for her reaction time (something with the expectations for the KS2 arithmetic test that will bode well).


Now, I know what you’re thinking, for those that aren’t the top five there is no motivation. Well Kahoot! thought of that too. It pops up personal messages on individual pupil’s screens, e.g. ‘you were the fastest to answer’, ‘that’s four in a row right’ or ‘biggest improvement in that round’. This provides great individual motivation.

Overall, this is just a brilliant app for assessment. Whether it’s a pre-assessment, post-assessment comparative, working through some test questions, or even asking pupils to create their own quizzes, it provides excellent analysis.

A hit with both pupils and staff.

Our KS2 Maths and SPaG revision:

Our Y3 initial times tables quiz: