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Flex Your Artistic Muscle

Apps are a great way to express yourself creatively.  They allow you try different means of artistic expression in both photography, music, painting, sketching and now 3D building and design.  I wanted to share with some apps that are great ways to get your artistic juices flowing.

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PocketBand allows you to create high quality tracks by mixing, looping, and sampling. For Androids only.

 

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Music Pro allows you to learn how to play the piano with instruments, games, and metronome. For Androids only.

 

Photography

Both of these apps help to edit photos from your library.

ArtStudio-App Pics Art for iOS and Android.

 

 

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Photo Editor for Android only.

 

 

3D Design

images  Redesigning your house? Use 3D Interior Room Design to help you create the room you always wanted with out trying to figure out the the color is right.  For Android only.

 

So go on, express yourself

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Flipping a Classroom with Screeny

As I am working creating my how-to videos for my libraries, I have stumbled upon many screen capturing applications and sites.  I have posted about them on this blog and I would like to add another one to ever-growing list.

Screeny is a MAC based application that works on your computer and allows you to capture not only the whole screen but smaller sections of it.  Use the built-in camera or an external one to capture video and pictures at any size.  This is also supported by the Cloud where you can upload the images or videos directly to your cloud account. It allows for easy compression of videos for uploading to the cloud. The application uses Quicktime and is always saved at the highest possible quality.  You also have the option to capture audio as well, or add audio to your video.

This is a great app to help in your quest to create a more vibrant flipped classroom.

SCREENY iOS only $14.99

 

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Get in Touch with Your Creative Side

Another day and another way to express yourself.  So this time I would like to introduce some apps that provide the opportunity to get creative.  Similar to my post about the app Paper these apps allow you to create amazing images and videos. Now remember all of these apps can be used for school based projects.  Some might work for the educator while some might be more fun for the student. But don’t forget, all are fun for everyone!

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TYPE DRAWING  for the web and iOS $1.99

This app is amazing for typography.  All you do is type the sentence you would like to use and then by using your finger or mouse to draw an image and the words from your sentence becomes the body of the image or use the text to go over current images.

 

 



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OVER for iOS

Everyone knows a picture is worth 1,000 words, but sometimes only a few will do. Now a great way to enhance your images is with the app Over.  Over allows you choose from different fonts and type what you would like to say anywhere over the image.

 

 

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STEfor iOS $1.99

I can not tell you how much I am in love with this app! I can devote a all blog post to just this but I would simply keep repeating myself with this one phrase: THIS APP IS AWESOME!!!  This app makes it easy to create amazing animated GIFs and Quicktime movies.  You get full control of everything from the frame rate, to deletion of images, to exposure and timer settings.  This is a great app for students to use to create amazing stop motion videos.

 

 

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iSTOPMOTION for iPAD  $9.99
Another create stop motion app that was the winner for the Macworld Best in Show 2013.  This app is used in hundreds of classrooms and allows you to create your own animated movies.

 

 

 

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WHAT THE FONT for the web iOS and coming soon for the Android  Free
Did you ever see a font used in media, like say a magazine, a website, and ad or even a poster, and did you ever say wow I really like that I wonder what font that is?  Well wonder no more. Simply take a picture of the font in question, and by uploading it from your photos What the Font will give you the details.  Like many barcode scanners for your phones, the technology can read the image and provide you with the information about the font in question. This is perfect for designers who might see a particularly interesting font and wonder how they can get that.

 


images-2LUME for iOS  $1.99

The first light only drawing app out there.  Instead of using paint or pencil, use light to draw images, text or enhance already taken photos.  A great way to make a photo stand out.  Just think what one can do with this app if you want to enhance an image of Thomas Edison?


unnamedCINEMAGRAM for iOS and Android Free

So lets say you have picture saved as a GIF, and you want to add a little animation to it. Well how about picking and choosing which part of the image you animate.  Similar to instragram but you are using video instead. Buy using the different features you can freeze certain parts of the image while the rest stays animated. Its definitely worth a look.

 

 

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Apps for Summer Learning (Part 4)

For our final installment in the Apps for Summer Learning Posts we have apps that are geared toward helping children with special needs.  Now please remember that not all of the apps I am listed are going to be right for you or your child but I hope that some do help, or at the very least entertain.


xpressAutismXpress for iOS and Android $1.99
1 in 160 children have a form of autism making this twice as common has previous childhood conditions.  However, unlike some diseases autism is lifelong disability that primarily affects three areas of life skills: social interaction,  behavior, and communication.  This is where AutismXpress can help, the app was created with the goal to increase awareness about the autism spectrum, and to help those with autism to show their emotions through the use of color faces and icons.

signed storiesSigned Stories for iOS Free
Already a popular television series in the UK the Signed Stories app was designed for the hearing impaired.  The stories selected at told in American Sign Language.  With every book readers will add new words to their video dictionary, and with new books added frequently that dictionary will grow quickly.  A 2013 International Webby Honoree this is a great app to help build confidence the skills for those with hearing loss or who are hearing impaired.  The app and the first story are free but additional books can be purchased for $5 to $7 each.

choiceChoiceworks for iOS $4.99
An essential app for helping children with a variety of needs by creating visual supports to help them complete daily routines,  improve waiting skills, and understand their feelings.  This app was designed to provide caregivers with clear, consistent support to develop the child’s independence. Comes with three boards, schedule, waiting, and feeling that allows the user to visually see what is required of them, or how their emotions might be effecting them.

sono flexSono Flex for iOS and Android $99.99
For users who are nonverbal or have communication difficulties this app was designed to allow them to express themselves easily and succinctly.   Tobii Sono Flex is an easy to use AAC vocabulary app that turns symbols into speech.  By combining the benefits of structure and flexibility, this app provides the basic framework for language development by matching the user with their communication needs.

superSuper Duper WH Question Cards Pro for iOS $11.99
Teach young learners how to correctly ask and then answer the five WH questions, Who, What, Where, When and Why.  Through four entertaining games  for each of the set of cards, as well as a data tracking system for parents or teachers, students will be learn the power of asking the right question.

dragonDragon Dictation for iOS  Free
A great app to help children with fine motor skill difficulties or those with physical impairments.  By simply speaking into the microphone the words appear on the screen instantly.  Though not the only speech to text app out there, this is definitely one of the easiest to use.

 

 

 

 

 

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Apps for Summer Learning (Part 3)

So I have shown you apps for all of the core subject areas…but what about the creative end?  Here are some great apps to help foster the creative power of the students all summer long.

drawing carlDrawing Carl  for iOS $1.99
Probably the best drawing app out there for kids, designed by Tayasui this app allows for kids to create beautiful drawings with easy to use tools such as painting and stamping.  Kids will enjoy playing with stickers that can talk, decorating  pictures uploaded from their photo libraries, and sharing their creations through Facebook  and the Drawing Carl website; where they can vote on the best ones.  This is a fun app to keep those creative brains going and to stop them from drawing all over your walls.

momaMoMA Art Lab  for iOS $2.99
Young artists for grades 2 and up can explore how the great modern artists use shapes, lines, and color and create their own artwork inspired by the MoMA exhibits.  Some of the artists featured are Henry Matisse, Jean Arp, and Elizabeth Murray.  This is a great app for families to learn about art, discover artists and their techniques, find inspiration, and even create a group picture.  This is an app that parents might be fighting their kids for.

musicMusic Tutor  for iOS and Android Free or $0.99 (depending on the version)
Kids can practice their music skills with short quizzes (1 to 10 minutes) that focus on pitch identification, and sight-reading skills.  Practice between treble, base or both to enhance your musical ear.

 

pianoViruoso Piano  for iOS Free
The best app to teach basic keyboard skills. The app has several unique features such as duet mode (for iPads only), key labels, the ability to play with your musical library, and  play wirelessly from your device to your Apple TV.  Also the app allows you to choose between two types of pianos,  a classic grand concert piano and the broken one you will find in a run down pub.

 

urlLet’s Create Pottery  for iOS and Android $4.99
Creating ceramics just got a whole lot cleaner! Now adults and kids can create one-of-a-kind pottery without getting messy.  Spin the clay on the wheel, shape and mold your pottery using some of the dozen of materials available to express your inner artist.  Glazing and firing it off in the kiln was never easier.  This app not only allows for the creative mind to flourish but also has a calming effect over the users.

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Infographics and You

So what exactly is an infographic and how can I use it in the classroom.  First lets look at what Infographics are. 

Infographics:  visual presentations used to communicate complex information quickly and clearly and include  charts, diagrams, graphs, tables, maps and lists. The basic material used in creating an infographic is the data, information, or knowledge that the graphic presents. Infographics make learning new and valuable information in a fun and creative manner. 

Subway maps are the earliest examples of infographics but the use of the infographics have changed dramatically over the past few years.  News programs, newspapers, magazines, websites are all using infographics to give information.  But how can this work in the classroom?

Infographics are great for presenting information that otherwise would be challenging to communicate to a vast audience. Each classroom faces the challenge of providing quality information to the different levels that the students are at.  Infographics can provide a way to get across information that for some students might seem to difficult to understand in the traditional way.  Therefore each student is receiving the same information at the same time and are progressing at the same pace.  Since most infographics require numerical data science, and math classes seem to have the easier  time incorporating this into their lessons. However,  language arts classes use them to promote genres and authors; while history and social studies classes focus on map studies and  the changes in the countries and their culture.  Administrators can also use infographics to highlight different areas of the school climate and environment.

Here are some examples of infographics:

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        Interested in creating your own infographic? Check out the following sites:

      INFOGR.AM  http://infogr.am/

      NERD GRAPH http://www.nerdgraph.com/

      EASEL.LY http://www.easel.ly/

      PIK TO CHART http://piktochart.com/

      VISUAL.LY http://visual.ly/

 

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Ker-what? Kerpoof!!!

Digital storytelling is great way to have students get creative in with their writing.  It assists those who work better using visual prompts to help spark their writing, and it aides in progression of a student’s story.  It is not only used for fiction writing though, more often than not teachers are seeing digital storytelling used in projects for science, and history. 

A prime example was I  had a student who was doing to report on Ellis Island.  He wrote his report through the eyes of an immigrant coming through, and used a digital storytelling site to show the journey his character took, all the while using factual information to explain the history of Ellis Island. 

There are many sites out there, and I have mentioned a few, but one that should be recognized is Kerpoof.  Kerpoof is an Award Winning site that is sponsored by Disney and was developed for the purpose providing a creative outlet for children and adults.  However, the educational world saw how this site can foster the creative process for students for a variety of projects.  Kerpoof can be used to design your own artwork; make an animated movie (it’s very easy); create a book to tell a story; and print cards, t-shirts, and other products.

Teachers will find this site fun to use for students of all ages and for all subjects.  Use as a story starter; test reading comprehension; biology lessons; and even use for biography projects.  This site is free to  use but some elements require payment.  Students can also earn Koins that will allow them to purchase items at the Kerpoof store (don’t worry all items are for use in future projects and are not physical items).   Check out today and see how you might be able to use in your own classroom or just your home.

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