I don’t know about you but I use maps all the time. Mainly because my sense of direction is not so great. When I travel I grab a map (not a fancy one just a cheesy one from the hotel or something) for the place I visited and hold on to it as a souvenir. Meanwhile I have had friends attach pictures to wall maps as a reminder of places they have been to while some use push pins. Now with foursquare and the maps on Facebook you can now follow where all of your friends are or have been. Maps are not only a way to tell you where you are going, but it is a great tool to show where you have been; or where someone else has been. What am I getting at with all of this rambling. Well, lets see Napoleon was a great military leader, and who traveled all over Europe and into Russia winning and in some cases losing battles. Wouldn’t it be more interesting to learn about his travels and conquests or defeats by examining them on a map with text summarizing the major events over reading straight from the textbook? How much more interesting would a presentation be for the students to give if they had the opportunity to use a map to describe historical and even literary events. Think about it, even family trips/vacations can be even more fun when using a map to show all of the places you have been.
Well if this has peaked your interest why not try the website MAPTALES www. maptal.es MAPTALES is site that allows you to create map-based stories and share them with groups through emails, embedding into websites, blogs, etc. You can use MAPTALES to chronicle news events, describe a trip, its great for scrapbooking and lectures. Maps tell us their own stories but it is up to the users to embellish on those stories with our own personal flair.
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!
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.
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.
STEP for 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.
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.
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.
LUME 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?
CINEMAGRAM 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.