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Adding the Interrobang to your iPhone keyboard

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Recently, I shared this video about some little-known punctuation marks: 

It seemed to get a great reaction from teachers so I decided to put together a little video to show how you can add some of these punctation marks to your iPhone or iPad keyboard. The following video explains how to do it:


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Mr P's Top Ten Tips for Teachers Starting the New Year

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Here is a video with some of my top tips for the new school year. This isn't tech based, it has more of a focus on wellbeing! Please feel free to share:







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Things Teacher Never Say When Going Back to School!

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Are you guilty of saying these?




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Life as a Teacher told through Game of Thrones

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Like most people, I am a MASSIVE fan of Game of Thrones. I do know how I will survive waiting for the final season!

I have previously blogged about the 12 Game of Thrones Characters You See In Every School! and What We Learn from Tyrion about Teaching!

Over the summer, I have created a series of videos using clips from the show to depict life as a teacher. I have created 7 different volumes, one for each season.

I hope you enjoy, if you do, please follow my page on Instagram:


For any #gameofthrones fans! Life as a Teacher told through Game of Thrones Vol. 1 #teachersofinstagram #teachersfollowteachers #teachers #teachersofig #got7 #got #teacherlife A post shared by Lee Parkinson (@ict_mrp) on Aug 16, 2017 at 12:47pm PDT
Life as a Teacher told through Game of Thrones vol. 2 Tag a #gameofthrones fan! Vol. 1 here - https://instagram.com/p/BX3fB8QFchu/ #teachersofinstagram #teachersfollowteachers #teacher #teacherlife A post shared by Lee Parkinson (@ict_mrp) on Aug 18, 2017 at 11:11am PDT

Plotagraph app - Adding more to photos

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Firstly, a massive shout out to @MrPieLee as it was on his Instagram page where I first saw this app in action. 

I love using visuals in my teaching, I love allowing my pupils to use technology to create and share their understanding through the use of visuals.

I love the Live Photo feature in newer Apple devices which brings photos to life by recording what happens 1.5 seconds before and after you take a picture. I previously blogged about Live Photos and how we used the app Quik to share our recent Year 6 residential with parents. You can read it here.

This is an example of a video where we used the live photo option.




The added movement adds so much more when sharing and presenting. This was a message that came through when I attended a session at the recent Apple ADE summit. The app Plotagraph is a fantastic tool to add animation to a photo. 

The app isn't the cheapest, at roughly around a £5, it is more on the expensive side for an app. However, it is a great tool to bring pic…

Tech Teach Goals Assessment Series

One of the most exciting things to come out of the Apple ADE Summit was being part of the TechTeachGoals project. I have previously blogged about it here. Here is a quick video explaining the project:




The project will be sharing different apps and tools to use in the classroom to support different areas of teaching and learning. The first set of videos focused on assessment. These videos will hopefully give you an insight into some useful tech tools to use in the classroom to help with all things assessment.
1. Plickers by @ICT_MrP


2. Kahoot by @rooie_smithy


3. Socrative by @dunne_robbie


4. Seesaw by @Headdowneyesup



5. Explain Everything by @MrTullock



6. Showbie by @assthead_jones


7. Apple Classroom by @assthead_jones




We are now working on our next set of videos focusing on presentation... watch this space!

5 Facebook Groups Every Primary Teacher Should Join

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Social Media is such a powerful tool to use in the classroom. I talk about this a lot on my training; demonstrating how it can be used to enhance learning in lots of different ways in the classroom and beyond.

As a teacher, I love using social media as a CPD tool. I have always been a massive advocate of using twitter as a teacher. One of my early blog posts talks about why every teacher should be on twitter, you can view it here. 

Personally, I now find Facebook to be an excellent way to discover new ideas, share resources and gain inspiring insights and views on everything education related. There are a wealth of Facebook groups where you can post questions, share ideas and resources and learn from some amazing teachers all over the world.
The reason why I would recommend joining these groups is that it gives you a platform to ask questions beyond your school walls. Sometimes, you may find yourself in a school where the other staff aren't as supportive or have a particular way o…