1) Sample Work

Sample Student Work
We hope you find our sample page of work done to date as part our iCoach project at PDCI helpful. The following are projects either done in Mr. Funston's English and History classes or done in classes working with his iCoach class. Please note as you review the sample work here that some work removed from the original app changes the manner it is viewed when presented on a web site.

Book Creator

Everyone is said to have a novel in them - Book Creator might just be the tool to inspire your students to write theirs. Book Creator allows students to present their findings as a book that can be then shared in a variety formats (e.g. iBooks, PDFs, video...).

Mr. Funston often encourages students to use Book Creator to present their findings creatively. He likes that finished projects where shared can be directly opened in iBooks. One of his students made this book that is presented here as a video.

Mr. Wiley's grade 12 University Biology class used the Book Creator app on iPads to as part of their dissection of a fetal pig lab. Students made descriptive videos of the dissection and then imported them into Book Creator.

Mr. Bourque's grade 9 Academic Science class used the Book Creator app on iPads to report their findings about various biomes around the world. The projects are exported here as a video for you to view.


Haven't tried Nearpod - well they claim you're missing a "rockin' classroom, engaging lessons". We tend to agree.

Mrs. Strachan worked with one of our iCoaches to develop this Nearpod presentation about linear equations. Students used an logged in with an class id and then added their response when prompted. A report of student answers/responses is generated for the teacher.

Explain Everything
Explain Everything

Apply named - Explain Everything. Simply our favourite app - a work horse on the iPad!

Mrs. Strachan's students used the app Explain Everything as means of showing her teacher everything they know about exponent laws. Mrs. Strachan reminds that a couple errors exist in the presentations, but she found it a positive lesson for teaching the concepts. The sample below is exported from the app as a video and posted on Youtube.

Mr. Funston's students used Explain Everything to demonstrate their understanding of how the English language changed over time. The sample below is exported from the app as a video and posted on Youtube.

Mrs. Watson uses Explain Everything in her grade 9 Open Foods class as a student option for posting Kitchen safety in the classroom with a QR code linked to the Youtube video.

Mr. Wiley uses Explain Everything in his grade 12 Biology class. Students demonstrate to him their understanding of various operations of a cell.


Padlet is an on line bulletin board that populates messages immediately as they are written.

Mr. Funston uses Padlet in classes for multiple purposes. Follow the link on the image below to Mr. Funston's Padlet to see and read the comments his students posted to Padlet on iPads about Sir Ken Robinson's lecture as they watched TED Talks.

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Mr. Funston uses Padlet as a way for students to share their thoughts about readings in his English classes. In this Padlet, students share their response to the questions “What is the cost of pursuing a dream?” as it relates to the novel The Great Gatsby.

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Mr. Wiley uses Padlet in his grade 12 Biology class as a tool for review and study. Pallet allow his students to add terms, definitions, and audio/visual materials that can be reviewed later by students. Follow the link on the image below to Mr. Wiley's Padlet to see and read his pallet about cells.

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Thinglink is a great way to add some visual fun to a class. Images are marked up by creators with information, ideas, links, and multi-media for others to enjoy and learn from.

Mr. Anderson used the Thinglink app with his grade 9 Applied Geography class. His students used Thinglink to label a political map of Canada. Follow the link in the image below to check out Mr. Anderson's Thinglink.

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Follow the link on the image below to check out Mr. Funston's Thinglink he used as an assessment tool for giving feedback to his iCoach students early in the semester.

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Pages is Apple's word processing app. Similar to other word processors, but integrates with other apps smoothly on the iPad.

Mr. Henderson after years of having students create a newspaper about prominent Canadians by cutting and pasting each element on a legal piece of paper tried Pages this semester with his grade 8 students. Below is a sample from his class using Pages, which was then exported here as a jpeg image.
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Want to amaze your students - try Aurasma. Make any image in your class or school come alive with content you match to it.

Never used Aurasma before - use your iPad/iPhone and follow these steps.
  1. Install Aurasma app (free)
  2. Open and touch Aurasma icon at bottom of screen.
  3. Touch micro-glass icon
  4. Search "Kieran Roberts" and touch the top choice.
  5. Touch "Follow" (top right) and to read "Following"
  6. Touch box icon at bottom of page
  7. Point iPad/iPhone at image below and you should see a poster about hellium.


A student created the poster using Pages on an iPad, which was then added to the trigger image above. Each student in Mr. Bourques's grade 9 Academic Science class created a similar page for different elements. A large period table is posted outside Mr. Bourques's classroom where students can now use the Aurasma app to learn about each element.


Mr. Bourque's students using Aurasma on iPads. Each period element is linked to a poster that students created in Pages about the element.

Mme Stewart uses Apple's Numbers app to create climographs of communities in Canada as part of her French Geography class. The climographs are then printed and used layers to be scanned with Aurasma to a video of students giving a "typical" weather report about this community. Check out it by following the steps above for the periodic table, but this time search "Sam_HJK" and pick the Public Aura channel (iCoach Sam Kim helped Madame create the channel). Once you are following the channel, point the iPad with Aurasma at the tigger image below and you should see the student video (still capture of video added here).

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Aura Layer (still image from video)

QR Code Scanner
QR Code Scanner

QR Codes are everywhere. In just a few steps you can create a QR Code that links the code to Internet content (web site, videos, Dropbox files...). We use QR Stuff to create the codes.

Mrs. Strachan's class went on a Math Scavenger Hunt throughout the school. Students used their iPads to scan the codes after solving the equation to find the next location to complete the Scavenger Hunt - what fun! Install a free scanner like QR Reader and try the code below.

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Comic Life

Comic Life allows kids and adult users show the world just what kind of hero they really are.

Mrs. Strachan used the Comic Life with her grade 9 Math class. Students created a one page comic to present the equation when finding the slope of a line. The finished products are exported from the iPad here as a video.

Mr. Funston uses Comic Life in his grade 11 University English class as a student option for telling Grendel's backstory not told in the original Beowulf tale.

Mme. Warwick uses Comic Life with her grade 9/10 academic French class. Students used the app for an activity to create a personal ad about themselves ("Sur Moi").

Mr. Wiley uses Comic Life in his grade 12 University Biology class to creatively share their understanding of cell functions.

Green Screen by Do Ink
Green Screen by Do Ink

Let's face it special effects rock - let your students play with Green Screen by Do Ink to see how easy green screening is.

Mr. Funston encourages students to use the green screen wall in his classroom as a way to differentiate student assignments. In this example students used the Green Screen by Do Ink app and an iPad to shoot part of a student envisioning of making a movie adaptation of The Book of Negroes. The hand drawings and the green screen with the iPad make for interesting combination of using traditional art techniques and technology.

For a different project, students "Godot-ized" a fairy tale or other story as part of Mr. Funston's post-modern unit and examination of Waiting For Godot. Students here "Godot-ized" the movie Waiting For Godot using the app Green Screen by Do Ink.

Mr. Gallien's grade 9 Art class presented their research and analysis of some art masterpieces using an iPad and the Green Screen by Do Ink app. The finished product below is a sample exported from the iPad as a video.

Mr. Bannon uses Green Screen by Do Ink in his grade 10 Civics class as a creative way for students to report on different developments in government throughout history.

Mme. Warwick uses GreenScreen by Do Ink in her grade 9 French class as way for students to practice their spoken French skills. Here students created an audition video for the show Amazing Race.

Actively Learn
Actively Learn

Actively Learn is great tool for teachers looking to guide their students through any text (pdfs, html, google doc). Teachers control the pace of reading and responding to the reading process. Responses can be shared with other students or the teacher only. Quiz functions and open questions are available.

Mr. Funston used Actively Learn (attached to his Edmodo account) with his grade 10 Academic English class as means to explore how non-fiction and fiction can both lead us towards the "truth". His students examined a non-fiction account of love and compared it to a couple songs about love.To access a sampling of Mr. Funston's Actively Learn activities, please take a minute to create a "student" account. Visit www.activelylearn.com/signup and create a student account with your name and enter the class code 5b3dc. Below are a few screen shots for those wanting a quick look.


Cinema magic at your fingers tips thanks to Apple's iMovie.

Mr. Funston's grade 11 iCoach students used iPads to shoot footage of many activities and aspects of life at PDCI this semester. The footage is edited on the iPads using iMovie and posted to a Youtube channel to promote life at PDCI. Follow the link on the image below to check out the PDCI Videos productions.

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Mr. Bellamy's grade 9 physical education class made "scouting videos" of their top gym skills. Students used iMovie to record their best skills for their teacher to review.

Puppet Pals
Puppet Pals

Puppet Pals encourages you to be original - more than just a clever corporate tagline.

Students of all ages can quickly master this fun presentation app. Mr. Funston offers here a sample from his grade 10 History class. Students researched topics related to the era of the 1920s in Canada and presented their findings using Puppet Pals. The finished product is exported from the iPad here as a video.

Here's another sample of Puppet Pals being used by Mr. Funston's students to present their findings about the different Roman Social Classes.

In another example, Mr. Funston's used Puppet Pals for present their Narrative Writing Assignment.

Mr. Anderson tests Puppet Pals with his Grade 9 Applied Geography class. Here's a sample from the class using this iPad app.


Tellagami wants you to animate your life. Students really can by creating avatars to tell you about any topic.

Mr. Anderson's grade 9 Applied Geography class used the Tellagami app and iPads as a way to report their findings about Canada's National Parks. Prince Edward Island National Park is featured in this example.

Mrs. Strachan uses Tellagami in her grade 9 Academic Math class to allow students to introduce themselves and to comment on using iPads in class.


Students become 21st century authors, editors, and publishers when they blog. Edublogs allows teachers to guide, control, monitor and encourage student blogging.

Check out some sample blogs written by Mr. Funston's grade 12 University English classes who were encouraged to investigate an aspect/question related to their intended post-secondary field of study.

For those wanting to read some blogs written by Mr. Funston's students - simply select from the list below and enter the password bluedevils when prompted for a password (Mr. Funston keeps all blogs private by default and allows to individually change the status as they desire).


Desmos allows students to make beautiful math. Students can graph functions, plot tables of data, evaluate equations, explore transformations, and much more.

Samples of work created by Mrs. Strachan's grade 9 Math class at PDCI. Students used the app Desmos to plot their names on coordinates. The finished products are exported from the iPad here as a video.

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Art Set

Art Set is powerful app for the artist in everyone.

Mr. Gallien's grade 9 Art class is learning the basics of art principles. Using the app Art Set they created a basic colour wheel using many mediums and blending techniques to create a realistic image. Check the sample from Mr. Gallien's class below.

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Adobe Voice

Your voice plus images in a simple to use app = beautiful results with Adobe Voice
Mr. Funston uses Adobe Voice for a variety of assignments. Here are a few samples from his grade 11 Ancient Civilizations class. Students created short reports to highlight some major accomplishments from the Mesopotamia civilizations. Students watched each others Adobe Voice projects and then completed an assessment to evaluate the significance of these accomplishments.
Mr. Funston asked students to share their understanding of cinema history as a "podcast" using Adobe Voice. Students reviewed different periods of cinema (see Sway sample) and answered a question by using Adobe Voice.

Mr. Bannon uses Adobe Voice in his grade 10 Career Studies class for a "Personality Report" allowing students describe their understanding of themselves.


Sphero is a ball of fun, but this little robot is more than a game. Students can program the Sphero balls with apps like MacroLab to do all kinds of operations. Check out the link to Sphero's education for user guides and pre-maked lessons.

Mr. Bell uses the Sphero and the MacroLab in his grade 8 Math class. He used a modified lesson "Time, Speed, and Distance" from the Sphero education web site and then had his students graph their results using Numbers on iPads.


GarageBand is for the musical talent in everyone. It doesn't matter how talented you are GarageBand helps people that have no musical talent to people that have played music their whole lives. Want to share your new groovy tunes - just use the built in sharing feature from GarageBand directly to a SoundCloud account and share your creations to the world.
Mr. Wiley's students use GarageBand to make Raps about different aspects of DNA in his grade 12 Biology class.

Student Raps

Mr. Wiley's Rap

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Coach My Video (CMV)

Doing a little coaching or teaching gym class and want a way to visually diagnose the efforts of your athletes? Check out Coach My Video that boasts "anytime, anywhere video analysis".
Mr. Bellamy's Grade 9/10 Physical Education class uses Coach My Video to record and diagnose their basketball shooting form.

CoachNote: Sports Coach's Interactive Whiteboard

Draw up the perfect play and share it with your players. A power app for coaches or physical education teachers looking for an innovative way to share plays.
Mr. Bellamy's grade 9/10 Physical Education class uses CoachNote as part of his football unit. Students plan and execute plays using CoachNote and then try out their play in live action. You can see the CoachNote play here with footage of them trying out their plays.


Yeah, but who won? Try this simple and easy app to track your tournament or gym class tournament.
Mr. Bellamy uses the app in his grade 9/10 Physical Education class to record badminton results. Load the names of teams/competitors into the app, connect an iPad to a projector in your gym, add results, and watch the results appear.

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Sample results from RoundRobin app. Results can be shared by e-mail.


Powtoon is not just another presentation tool. Presentations with this web app can animate your topic is eye catching ways. Mr. Funston uses Powtoon to re-inforce some ideas for his icoach students in preparation for a conference.


Wish you could record your lessons and sink the video with your slide presentation. If so, then Swivl might be for you. Swivl is a robot that holds your phone or tablet for video recording and will track you using a bluetooth remote. If you up-load your slide show to the Swivl cloud, then you can also advance your slides using the remote. The other advantage of doing the presentation this way is that you and others can then view your recorded video and slides in perfect synchronization either side by side or video with slide.

Mr. Funston used Swivl for the first at time when he gave an opening address and short workshop for a conference held at P&DCI by his iCoach students.

Powerpoint and Keynote presentations certainly have there place, but sometimes we want our students present their findings without giving a live presentation. In these cases, give Sway a try. This Microsoft on-line app accessed through a Office 365 account allows students a simple and elegant way to share their information and media creations on-line with their teacher, their classmates, or the world. Students can work indecently or work collaboratively by sharing their Sway with other students.
Mr. Funston and Mr. Ramsaran used Sway as part of a novel study. Students had to share their vision of a move adaptation for a novel they read.

Mr. Funston asked students to study major period/movements in cinema history and preset their findings on Sway. Students both reported on the period and included an analysis of a few clips from films representative of the period. Classmates then reviewed each others Sways to learn about cinema history throughout the past century. Here's the work of one student about the period of German Expressionism.

If you teach language arts, then you are likely well aware of the excellent resources available from Read Write Think. Word Mover brings the idea of word fridge magnets to the iPad (or Android) with a handy app that allows young poets add words and arrange them as they want.

Mr. Funston used Word Mover with his students so they could write "found poetry" poems using iPads. The students added words that appealed to them into the app on the iPad as they took a stroll through our beautiful downtown. They re-arragned the words and backgrounds to the poems when they returned to the classroom.

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Esri Collector

PDCI's Geo-Venture outdoor education program in partnership with Omya Canada completed a reclamation survey. Students used iPads with Esri's Collector app to survey data about the variety of trees found on a reclamation area at Omya's Perth Plant. They also used this technology in the field to define reclamation boundaries at Omya's Tatlock Mine.