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.
PocketBand allows you to create high quality tracks by mixing, looping, and sampling. For Androids only.
Music Pro allows you to learn how to play the piano with instruments, games, and metronome. For Androids only.
Both of these apps help to edit photos from your library.
Pics Art for iOS and Android.
Photo Editor for Android only.
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
So I talk about books a lot, since well, I am a librarian and all. And I have mentioned some apps and websites to visit if you are interested in writing a book of your own. Well here are few more, and these are super easy that not only are they great for classroom use, but those budding writers in your class or home might get a kick out of these too. These apps are perfect for both entertainment and education (well at least the eBook ones are, the comic ones are purely entertainment). Teachers will be able to create original eBooks to use in their classroom. Teachers will have the ability to add images, text, links, recordings and more to the eBook. Then simply share with students or colleagues to allow greater access to information. These apps allow you to create and upload your eBook to iBooks and ePub readers. You can access many of them through an app or online. The prices vary but these are all well worth the look.
Students and kids will have fun with these apps as well (especially the comic ones). They can take stories they have written and create a collection, or create a photo book highlighting a recent summer event or family function that you can share with just those who you would like. No need to put in bookstores for the world to access, unless of course you want to. These apps are a great way to keep kids creative and writing all summer long. Heck all year long for that matter.
The comic apps are fun since you don’t need to be an artist to use. By using pictures you already have you can add cartoon images and drawings to create funny one of a kind strips. So check them out.
Book Writer for iOS
IDEAL e-Pub Creator for Android and iOS
Creative Book Builder for Android and iOS
Comic Puppets for Android and iOS
Photo Comics Pro for Android
Sometimes the technology can get the better than us. Whether it be an updated system, or the latest installment of an app, or maybe there is a new program that is better than the one you just started using. It is OK. You are not alone. So many teachers, parents, and even students experience the same feeling. It is just too hard to keep up, especially when the school systems are requiring that we (as teachers) use more and more technology in the classroom. Well here are a few easy tricks to get the technology in there, without having a learn a whole new way to teaching.
1) PowerPoint game/quiz review shows. Face it, reviewing a lesson before a test can be boring, here is a chance to make it fun. Teachers have been creating reviews lessons using PowerPoint to mimic popular game shows like Jeopardy, Who Want to Be a Millionaire and Are you Smarter than a Fifth Grader? There are free templates online for you to download and make it your own. This is a great way for those who are not too tech-savy to use an already established program. I have done this many times, and have even used Prezi to create a few review games.
2) Just Tweet It! Students mission, to summarize a lesson in 160 characters or less. Not only does this avoid having students repeat themselves over and over and over again, but it forces them to get at the real core of the lesson and what is being taught. This is good for end of the unit/lesson discussions, but also for a quick book review. You have came them break up the main points of the standard book review to individual tweets (ex. main character, plot, etc)
3) Blogging from a characters perspective. This is a fun one. If you have ever had students write letters from the viewpoint of a character you have multiple options now to incorporate technology. The most popular choice being Blogging. Instead of letters, the students will post, and can add images and videos as well to enhance the post. There are blog sites that can be used specficially for the classroom that protects the students from unwanted attention.
4) Surf the Web. This is an oldie but a goodie. Webquests have been around for a while, and ultimately what it does is guides students to search the internet for specific information. An idea is have students become curators for their own museum on a particular topic. But since it is for a museum the students must determine what artifacts belong in their museum. This hits many common core areas of study but also touches on technology and digital literacy since they must evaluate the sites for validity.
Again these are just a few options for you to ponder while you try to find ways to get that technology in the classroom.