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Some useful applications in the classroom

Published on Jun 14, 2016

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"Future Learning with iPads and Tablets"
8-13 May 2016
Graz, Austria

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The city

Photo by Bernd Thaller


  • the capital of Styria
  • the second largest city in Austria after Vienna
  • a "university town": its six universities have more than 44,000 students
  • old town: UNESCO World Heritage Site

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Atempo (1)

  • works with people with disabilities and supports them on their path to work
  • people with disabilities and learning difficulties get ready to work in a company
  • everyone will be able to work with a computer and receive a certificate for it

Atempo (2)

  • 80 employees
  • 25 %: people with disabilities
  • among the leading social corporations in Austria
  • motto: "Equality of treatment of all people in our community”
  • {a youtube video}

The course

  • 24 participants from Portugal, Greece, Romania, Liechtenstein, Latvia, Germany, Norway, Finland and Hungary
  • a wide range of activities and applications
  • attention to the needs of all participants
  • lively and supporting atmosphere


... and socialising

... and socialising

What did I learn?

Photo by bengrey

The applications you'll see today:

  • Plotagon
  • Playposit
  • Coogle
  • Socrative
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1. Plotagon

  • a free 3D video making app
  • loads of different character traits, backgrounds, clothes and accessories to choose from
  • you type actions, lines, and settings
  • ... and your movie is produced!

here is an example for you...

Juli and Agi are talking to each other after Agi has returned from Graz

2. Playposit

  • attach questions to specific moments in a video
  • in the free version: multiple-choice questions, true-or-false statements, free response, reflective pause)

an example:

  • the short film is about the Finnish education system
  • I always show my students the whole film first
  • extra practice for the audience (a short commercial)
Photo by Lupuca

3. Mindmapping

  • a diagram that connects information around a central subject
  • at the center is your main idea
  • the branches are subtopics or related ideas
  • a multitude of uses (studying a subject, revising for exams, solving problems, etc)
  • great for teams to use as well, for group brainstorming and interactive presentations
Photo by brycej


  • https://coggle.it/
  • you can invite others to view and edit your mind maps
  • mind maps can be downloaded as PDFs or PNG image files
  • you can also just invite others to view by sending them an email through Coggle
  • easy to use
collaboration with the course participants:

an example

  • a mind map about the use of mindmapping
  • please collaborate and add your ideas

other mindmapping tools:

  • Popplet
  • Mindmeister
  • Simple Mind
  • Mindomo
Photo by Joel Olives

some problems with other mindmapping tools:

  • you may have to download it
  • you cannot collaborate with others
  • in the free version you cannot create more than 1-3 mind maps


  • Assessment
  • Classroom management
  • Three types of questions: multiple-choice; true or false; short answer
  • Results can be made immediately available to both the student and the tutor

Let's play

  • visit Socrative Student
  • enter your name
  • Room Number: 375297
  • answer the questions
Photo by Ravages

Thank you