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Knowmia | Lesson and Assignment Tool

The past few weeks I have done a huge amount of evaluating apps and websites in order to create “flipped” lessons for ones classroom.  I created this video lesson using Knowmia Teach. This app is available as download from iTunes.  The screenshot you see below is taken from the iPad App whilst I was creating the video using Knowmia Teach.  Knowmia Teach can be used by the teacher or student to create and deliver lessons.  It is possible to import all types of media as well as draw on the screen whilst presenting.

Once complete, the video lesson is published to the Knowmia website as a lesson. One can also export the lesson to your iPad or download the lesson from the Knowmia website as an mp4.  One thing I have learnt the hard way, when working with Knowmia Teach, is that if you need to edit a recorded lesson by adding slides and do not assign any recording, the lesson will not publish. So if you are going to experiment, make sure that you record on any edited slides even if no sound is produced. It pays to plan your video beforehand and not have to edit adding slides afterwards!

Once the lesson is created, one adds the lesson to an assignment. Add some assessment questions and any supporting class notes or files and share to your students. The “beta” reporting function Knowmia is outstanding and is all a teacher could wish for in order to keep track of student engagement either in real-time or after completing of a homework task. This is a great tool to use for tutorial lessons.


I used the app to create [in haste] a short video for staff at our school as an Induction session showing how to add their Webmail signature. Here is the completed video which I published from Knowmia Teach.

I am hoping to replace our traditional pdf HowTo handouts with a more visual mode of training. So experimenting with lots of different tools with the ability to assess students and staff by multiple choice and short answer question types with reporting.

Knowmia is certainly one of the best tools I have ever come across for flipping lessons using video and assignments.

I decided to do a comparison of all the tools I could find which teachers and students could use for the creation of lessons and assignments using video, pictures, polls, and self marking. I tested all of the tools on each of the following: iPad, Android Tablet [Samsung Galaxy Note], Windows laptop and a MAC. Whilst comparing I jotted down some key points about each of the tools. The list [shown below] will be updated as functionality is added by the various creators [we all know the rate at which these tools develop is phenomenal]. In addition, I’m sure I have left off many – let me know by way of commenting should you feel a specific tool should be mentioned.

OneNote was also used to create a resource expanda file for my BYOD program at school which contains all these tools as well as subject related resources and so on. Should you wish to have a copy, please contact me and I will dropbox it to you.

I would very much like some feedback if you have used any of the tools on my list, which is available below:




On Thursday, 20th February, I presented a webinar for SchoolNet on Knowmia and Knowmia Teach. The webinar recording link is below should you wish to listen to and watch the presentation.

Click HERE to find out exactly what Knowmia and Knowmia Teach have to offer.

My Knowmia Webinar slideshow is below:

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Posted by on Wednesday, February 26, 2014 in BYOD, iPAD, Presenting, Students, TeachMeet, Training


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Use a Wormhole to share files across platforms|devices

I am very fortunate at work to have the best of both worlds…a MAC Mini, Windows Laptop, and an Android device [Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1]. The one problem I faced was the ability to share files from one platform to another. Actually, the problem does not exist with the android device, as file management and access is so much simpler and streamlined, but always a challenge with the Apple environment. 

This is my setup at work…

The solution is a Wormhole Switch! 

This is super awesome – a solution to share, backup and transfer files by dragging and dropping, cutting and pasting…wait for it…SHARING THE SAME MOUSE and KEYBOARD… across the different platforms:

  1. Across platforms [Windows to Mac OS; Windows to Windows; Mac OS to Mac OS]
  2. this includes, Android and iPad devices

There are different types of Wormhole Switches, namely:

Which Wormhole Switch is Right for Me?

Windows to Windows Mac to Mac Windows to Mac Android Support iPad Support

Visit the j5create Wormhole Switch website here for more information and graphics!

How does it work?

It is a cable with USB on both ends. Simply plug in! The software will prompt to install after which you will see the Wormhole icon on the taskbar. See how easy it is to select the option below:


The procedure is the same for Windows and Mac. Wormhole icon is on the taskbar – click to choose the position of the other platform.


or you could go for the WORMHOLE DOCKING STATION



Posted by on Wednesday, November 20, 2013 in BYOD, Gadget, iPAD, Windows


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Collaboration continues at yet another TeachMeet


Even though this time of the year is extremely busy for most, it was well attended.  Thank you so much to all who made the effort to join the event – I am sure that you all will agree that the meet was definitely worth attending – even if on a Saturday! This event was filled with inspiring moments, great presentations and sharing tools which would definitely transform teaching and flipping learning, making the classroom an exciting experience for students and teachers!

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#elkteachmeet – The tweet summary compiled by @fbeal can be viewed here – lots of great links to explore.

In addition to the signed up Keen Beans and Enthusiastic Lurkers, Dr Pam Milller, as well as Tim Keller surprised us by attending! Both of whom turned into instant ‘Keen Beans” without much coercing!

Every Keen Bean receives a packet of jelly beans as a small thanks for presenting!IMG_1314_thumb.jpg

The before meet welcomes and discussions are a buzz, catching up with friends one does not get to see often but with whom one interacts regularly online, as well as meeting those attending the meet for the first time.


We enjoyed lemon meringue tartlets, biscuits, juice and tea/coffee whilst waiting for the meet to begin.

After welcoming everyone to the meet, sharing the TeachMeet WiFi credentials with the audience and passing around the “spot prize” bucket [so that each attendee could pick a number]…

We kicked off with our first Keen Bean, Karen Stadler [well known as @ICT_Integrator on twitter and ICT Coordinator at Elkanah House Senior Primary] who shared her knowledge of Tellagami. What a wonderful tool allowing one to create and share quick animated Gami videos. Tellagami is a mobile [available on the Google Play Store and the iPad App Store]. Check out her “App Smashing with Tellagami” presentation here with loads of links.

Nelia Henry, a Grade 5 Educator from Edgemead Primary could not attend the event but sent through her presentation on “Flipping the classroom using video – the simple circuit” to share with others after the meet. Her video is called Simple Circuit Intro.avi and the blurb is here

Carolynn Bruton, our second Keen Bean, presented on The Vault App [a solution for saving passwords and other important data]. Carolynn is self-employed and runs her own IT Company from home, called IT at Home

Alan Goldberg, who is the Education Director at Digicape, chose to share the topic “Converting Wikipeda Pages into iBook Creator” – if you are interested learning how to do this, I found a link to a how to…from Richard Edwards…here is his website link.

Fiona Beal [Technology Integration Facilitator at SchoolNet] contributed twice at the TeachMeet. Her first presentation was on Symbaloo – a great bookmarking tool. We were shown how to add webmixes, how to create your own webmix and showing posts on your blog. Her presentation is located here.  Having Fun with PowerPoint was her second presentation – see how.

Michele Botha from Somerset House {Director ICT Integration: Teaching and Learning] took us through the benefits of using Edmodo for Communication, an On-line library, integration with Google Drive, as well as E-submission and E-assessment in her BYOD programme. View her slides here.

Michele’s second presentation, Fiddlesticks, Fladerols, and Flubaroo, was delivered at the recent Google Summit earlier this year. This presentation concentrated on what Google Forms can do for you, how to create a form, form choices, sharing options and the Flubaroo process.

Tim Keller presented on HopScotch, the iPad programming language app. This app is extremely easy to navigate, has a clean interface and . HopScotch is downloadable at the App Store. For creative ways teachers are using Hopscotch in the classroom…visit

Dr Pam Miller [@docpammiller], demonstrated the use of ThingLink ThingLink helps one create and discover rich images and with music, video, text, images, shops and more.  Pam also introduced us to a wonderful course ‘Digital tools for the k12 educator’ at 

Linda Foulkes, who hosted the event, is the MOS [Microsoft Office Specialist] Trainer and ICT Coordinator at Elkanah House High School. She presented on two great tools to flip the learning experience, namely and Both tools allow one to flip videos adding discussions, multiple choice and open ended questions, as well as links to additional resources and information. Here is a video explanation of how to use EdPuzzle as well as a demo of the site.

Thank you so much to all who attended making another TeachMeet a success! Please spread the word and encourage others to attend. For more information, suggestions or anything you wish to share with others, tweet #elkteachmeet or contact me using the QR code below:



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Have U been to a TeachMeet or iPadMeet?

Last Saturday, Elkanah House hosted its third TeachMeet, as well as its second iPadMeet. The response and attendance to both meets were extremely rewarding. Forty six dedicated people interested in sharing, presenting and soaking in ways to use ICT in the classroom joined the TeachMeet. During second session, fifty four participants, passionate about using the iPad as a classroom device, attended the iPadMeet.

The events were run one after the other to allow participants to enjoy both meets or collaborate with others during the short break between events.

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Here is what happened at the Meets?

The meet kicked off with a “welcome housekeeping” presentation, which can be viewed here for those who are not sure how a TeachMeet event is run.

Essentially, on signup one would choose one of the following options:

  • Keen Bean – a presenter who shares an idea, lesson, a tool in a timeslIMG_1314ot of 3-5 minutes – presenters receive a gift of jelly beans
  • Enthusiastic Lurker – just there to soak up the environment and enjoy the day!

Di de Villiers from Somerset House seemed to have managed to get a reserved seat! She has attended every Meet we have had so far and always sits on the couch in the same spot…so I decided to reserve it for her!

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Keen Beans shared a huge range of resources and the number of presenters doubled since the last meet! A huge thank you to Nicole Masureik of Pinelands High as well as Mnr Maree of Bishops who were unable to attend but contributed by sending a virtual presentation for me to share with the audience. So if you are unable to attend a meet…you are always able to contribute and share with others…video yourself or a presentation and send to me.

Well done to those who presented on the day – more information about these presentations, as well as photographs, videos and resources can be found on the TeachMeet wiki – – continue reading this post to see what was presented!

  1. Carolynn Bruton [ex Springfield] – presented twice, once on Organising you iPad and iPhone and then Transferring your Pics between Devices.
    Organising iPad TeachMeet.pdf; Transferring pics.pdf
  2. Fiona Beal [SchoolNet] presented on Google Forms – So Easy to Use –;; Google Forms – so easy to use.pptx
  3. Jenny Martin [Somerset House] on Using Triptico in the Primary School Maths Class Word Magnets.pptx;
  4. Karen Stadler [Elkanah House] took us on a wonderful tour through Epic Citadel during the iPadMeet– KStadler_epic.ppsvisit Karen’s blog at or ipad wiki:
  5. Nicole Masureik [Pinelands] – presented on Using Screencast-o-matic This video demonstrated the recording of on screen annotations in PowerPoint for Teacher Professional Development.
  6. Mnr Maree [Bishops] – took audience through Using Tumblr in the Afrikaans Classroom
    tumblr in afrikaans.mp4
  7. Siobhan Louw [Somersert House] – presented her Term Long ICT Project – Planning a Virtual International Holiday
    S Louw TeachMeetFeb2012.pptx
  8. Siobhan Louw [Somersert House] – Shared an App called Boxee during the iPadMeet session
    S Louw boxee.ppsx
  9. Cheryl Douglas [Bishops] – presented on Using OneNote to produce Biology Notes on the Endocrine System
  10. Fiona Beal – [SchoolNet] – showed us How to make a Protopage
    How to make a protopage.pptx
  11. Louise Leigh [Herzlia] – shared her Integrated ICT Tasks in Mathematics  – Google Docs Grade 9 Data Handling Research Project
    The Environment – Research Topic and Introduction; Design of a Survey/Questionnaire, Administering a Survey, Organizing Data by making tally tables, Double bar graph, calculating averages, writing a report on results and report features of graphs, writing a conclusion with informed opinion and findings, a Bibliography, and finally to present. ICT Integrated Tasks.pptx; ycling Herzlia 2009-2012.pdf;9-Recycling Double Bar Graph 2012.xlsx; 9-Graph Project 2012.pdf
  12. Peter Schutte [Wynberg Girls] – presented on using Edmodo in the Maths Class
    Edmodo_Teacher_Training_Presentation.pptx; Edmodo__a_student_quick_start_guide.pdf; UsesforEdmodoAllgradelevels.pdf
  13. Gilmour Gordon [Elkanah House] – shared his Music with Audacity, Movies with Sound project with the audience
    [email for access to dropbox folder if you would like to view / download this presentation due to size limitations 
  14. Alan Goldberg [Digicape] – presented on iBook format / Author, Popplet Lite,and the use of a science iPad app and gadget during the iPadMeet.
  15. Jak Tangkuampien [Elkanah House] presented on Marking with the iPad. 

Without the above Keen Beans as well as the Enthusiastic Lurkers the 2 hour session would not be possible.

I encourage everyone to continue sharing and collaborating amongst each other, to visit the wiki, interact with others and mail should you have something to share at the next meet.

A special thank you to:

Christiaan Vlok – Elkanah student for video footage and photos
Arthur Preston – Elkanah House Senior Primary Principal for twitter backchannel
Karen Stadler – Elkanah House ICT Integrator for the twitter backchannel
Gareth Davies – Business of Teaching – for the donation of magazine prizes
Bongi Damane – Elkanah staff member for organising the refreshments
Fiona Beal – SchoolNet for her continued support and encouragement

Continue the collaboration on twitter : #elkteachmeet and #SAipaded

Photographs of our Meets


TeachMeets in other parts of the world!

Ireland joins TeachMeets – visit the wiki on

Australia is having a huge one this Friday evening where they are trying to beat a world record for TeachMeets

Check out the ustream here:

This Saturday, a big virtual International Teachmeet with 32 presenters from 20 countries (Fiona Beal of SchoolNet is one of the volunteers…go Fiona!) was held.
Visit Do you listen to blogtalkradio? Lots of great discussions happening here!

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Posted by on Saturday, March 3, 2012 in iPAD, iPadMeet, TeachMeet


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Discuss All Things iPAD @ the iPADMeet

Schools are investigating the implementation of iPADs into the classroom to engage and extend learning.  Teachers are also a buzz about purchasing a tablet for personal & education use.

Elkanah House is running an iPadMeet forum for Principals, Teachers, ICT Heads and Coordinators to pool considerations, resources, and knowledge about device implementation in a school environment.

We are all on the same discovery path and hope to implement such devices using a seamless approach into our schools.  But often, these pilot projects are not successful due to a number of essential factors which could make or break victory! With constant discussions and support around these issues we hope to be better informed.

Some of the topics we aim to cover during our iPADMeet @ Elkanah House are:

  •      Ownership of devices [staff + students / parents]
  •      Is the iPad the “way 2 go”
  •      Purchasing of Apps – “are we App dependent”
  •      iTunes – without learning the hard way!
  •      Training of staff
  •      Infrastructure and Support
  •      Using Cloud or school server – storing of
  •      Social Media policies – do we need to control this or manage this?
  •      Wireless – solutions, cost
  •      Pilot projects – tracking and managing
  •      iPad curriculum – wiki for success for use by all schools?
  •      ePub distribution to student iPads [resources, portal options]

So, hurry and book your spot at the iPADMeet.

Don’t forget to bring your iPAD [or any other device] with you.  If you are keen on using ICT to support teaching and learning, then you should join us from 11h00 to 13h00 for our TeachMeet @ Elkanah, just before the iPADMeet.


Our scrumptious Schoolyard Market @ Elkanah is happening on the same day as the TeachMeet & iPADMeet! You do not want to miss this…see our website for details.

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Posted by on Monday, November 14, 2011 in iPAD, TeachMeet


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My iPAD Adventure starts here…

Well it has certainly been an exciting week of research and reading – iPad apps, iPads implementation in schools, iPads in Education, what’s kwl whats not…what colour my speck cover will be…mind is swimming with ideas … should I lock my office door and just switch pretend no one’s home …. 🙂 …. if only I could!
Lots of research in order to learn from others who have implemented iPad projects in education and then to develop our own implementation and management plan – any good ideas would be most welcome!
The aim before the end of my week is to “totally”move to the iPad…no more jotting down notes with a pen in morning meetings, no more handwritten minutes…everything must exist on the pad…diary DISAPPEAR! Kapoof!

I have thoroughly enjoyed the links thrown at me by my colleague and inspiration…ICT Integrator…you should follow her on twitter!

My Beautiful iPAD

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Posted by on Wednesday, June 22, 2011 in iPAD


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