Category Archives: Tutor Time Apps

BrainPOP Featured Movie

6125tj3ttJL._SL500_AA300_.pngGet your tutor group to learn something new every day before they have gone to a lesson!!  Bring learning to your fingertips™ with the BrainPOP Featured Movie app for the iPad, iPhone, and iPod touch. Watch a different animated movie every day, then test your new knowledge with an interactive quiz – free! Great to introduce some competition as well as learning something relevant each day. Could be used for a term long competition. Mirroring the iPad screen using Apple TV or Reflector could share the video with all members of the group.


Word Shaker HD

 mzl.xjgbutog.175x175-75Word Shaker HD Free, the word searching game with a twist. Play solo or invite up to 3 friends online and play the same boards against each other on iPad, iPhone or iPod. Compete for the top spot on the leaderboards and earn achievements!

This app is great for tutor time competition. Can be played individually or in small teams. A great way to get students alert in the morning to improve their literacy. Mirroring the iPad using Apple TV can share the screen with all members of the group. Or, mirror using Reflector to have multiple screens mirrored at the same time.



Super Search 60

mzm.ziqrvypzHours of fun, 60 seconds at a time. The faster you find the higher your score. Cleverly managing the multipliers will see you rocket to the top of the high score table. Forget everything you think you know about Hidden Object games, this one turns the genre on it’s head with lightning fast gameplay, randomized objects (never plays the same way twice), unique aesthetic and seamless Facebook Connect integration. Simple to pick up and play, tough to master, absolutely unique and thoroughly addictive! Try to stop at just one game!

This app is great for tutor time competition. Can be played individually or in small teams. A great way to get students alert in the morning. Mirroring the iPad using Apple TV can share the screen with all members of the group. Or, mirror using Reflector to have multiple screens mirrored at the same time.


Telegraph Pictures for iPad

456594938_icon175x175Similar to The Guardian Eyewitness app, The Telegraph Pictures app gives you a daily snapshot of the world with The Telegraph Pictures for iPad app. Ideal to use during tutor time to generate discussions about current affairs.


The Guardian Eyewitness

The-Guardian-EyewitnessThe free Guardian Eyewitness app for iPad showcases the world’s most striking and beautiful photographs, providing a daily, visual reflection of global events. The app brings you the single image of the day that appears in full colour across the centre spread of the Guardian newspaper. Display the image on the board as students arrive to instigate discussion.


On this day…

On_This_DayAn deal app for tutor time discussions, either project the app using Apple TV or Reflector or students can download the app and discuss the events. “On this day…” is a stylish calendar that lets you view historical events, births and deaths for any day of the year. Browse through hundreds of daily entries, share your favorites on Twitter and read related Wikipedia articles beautifully formatted within the app.


O no Sir you’re leaving! What about the music game?

After being successful at an interview last Thursday for a new job, I thought it was best to tell my Tutor group that I will not be with them next year first hand before they found out from someone else. Understandably they were shocked, upset and concerned about the possibility of a new, unknown teacher taking on the group in Year 10.

After an onslaught of questions starting with What? Where? Why? When? One of my tutees was very concerned about the possibility of not being able to play the music game during tutor time again. After that genuinely worried response I thought I should share 9B3’s Music Game.

Using iTunes we regularly play ‘The Music Game’ with different themes and challenges. A number of ideas are detailed below. One warning, check for EXPLICIT content in songs before playing them.


1. Top Songs – Using iTunes you can view and preview the Top 200 songs on iTunes. This can be a simple competition between students to guess the artist and song title.

3. Higher or lower – Play one song from the Top 200 and then students must guess whether or not the next song is higher or lower in the charts.  2. Snip bit – Play the first 1,2 or 3 seconds of the preview so students can guess the song.

4. TV Movie/Themes – Search for TV Theme tunes compilation albums and students must guess the Movie or TV theme tune.

5. Think Fast – Play a number of songs very quickly one after each other and students must write them all down in quick succession.

6. Maths Charts – Students guess the chart position of each song that you play from the Top 200 songs, add them up and submit their answer. Closest group wins.

7. Links – Choose a theme or play a handful of songs.  Students must come up with tedious link or suggest a theme.


8. Covers – Choose a covers album from iTunes and the students need to tell you the original artist and song title. This week was Reggae Covers.

9. Humming – Courtesy of Mark Cole, @WoolyBully9. Some students listen to the song and then have to hum back the tune to their team. Points awarded to the team who guesses the most correctly. Similar to Never Mind The Buzzcocks intros round, as seen below. Hopefully your students will have more success.

These are just some of the ways we use iTunes to make Tutor Time fun with 9B3.

Please comment with any other alternatives to our Top 9 Music Game ideas.

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