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I am a great believer in less is more when it comes to apps. Download a few great ones and use them for every thing. Chatterpix is one I use for everything. With just one iPad I can rotate it through the class group by group, everyone can record a 10 - 30sec video and then I can easily turn them all into an iMovie.
ChatterPix is an all age App that is simple and easy to use, I have used it from kindergarten up. Students can add a picture or screenshot (Pixabay is great) overlay the mouth on their picture and record their voice to animate a story. They can add stamps to the object or background and text.
You can create informational movies, book reviews, jokes, demonstrate alliteration and other literary devices, animate a poem the list is endless, a maximum of 30sec sound bites. I like the students to write the script and do timings before they start to use the app.
Here's one I did on alliteration with a grade 4 - they loved. If you have any great videos send them
along and I will upload them to my new YouTube Channel.
Start Here - How to use Chatterpix - WeGo Tech
Ideas for using Chatterbox in the Classroom and great video
Kindergarten Word Wall Words with Chatterpix Kids - a great video for a staff meeting.
Once you have all the Chatterpix videos you can upload them into iMovie and make them into one movie for all to watch. Great for revision and showing off in assemblies.
I love these are APPS. They give children the opportunity to REALLY explore a style of art or art movement, and develop ideas before they begin to use concrete materials.
NGA Kids Art App - The NGAkids Art Zone app contains eight interactive activities inspired by works in the collection of the National Gallery of Art in Washington, plus a sketchbook for freehand drawing and a personal exhibition space where users can save and display art created with the program.
The child-friendly interface, easy-to-use tools, and the overarching emphasis on discovery, careful looking, and artistic self-expression.
Get creative and use the MoMA Art Lab iPad app to make a sound composition, a shape poem, a group drawing, and more, save and share your artwork.
Explore how artists use line, shape, and color, discover artists' processes and inspirations, and create your own artwork inspired by MoMA's collection. Artists featured in the MoMA Art Lab app include Henri Matisse, Alexander Calder, Elizabeth Murray, and others.
iClass Shapes Interesting Augmented reality APP - download the pdf and watch the magic begin.
PDF is available from the APP. Totally amazing. Watch flat nets form 3D solids before your eyes.
Online iPad Sites
Here are some online educational games that can be played using the iPad.
NO APPS to download. No waiting for weeks for IT department permission to download.
MULTIPLICATION.com This is a great site for multiplication and the online iPad friendly games are great. Ask your students to try them out - describe them and rate them.
TOPMARKS are increasing there iPad friendly online options. These are listed by age and subject. I love these games and whiteboard interactives. HIT THE BUTTON is Fabulous. AND I LOVED THE INTERACTIVE EAR linked from this site.
Pixel Press What if you could draw a video game? FREE
Pixel Press is an entirely new breed of social gaming that enables anyone to create and share video games, simply by drawing. Don't just play video games, start creating your own!
Draw Your Own Video Game Pixel Press Watch the Video
and the other How To Videos
Coding is the new literacy! With ScratchJr, young children (ages 5-7) can program their own interactive stories and games. In the process, they learn to solve problems, design projects, and express themselves creatively on the computer. Free app for iPad
This 12-year-old kid learned to code on Codecademy, built 5 apps, and is speaking at SXSW. this s a great story and truly inspirational for kids starting for code.
Learn to Coder Interactively for FREE at Codecademy. Sign up online. The lessons are simple and easy to follow. Or Download the Codecademy APP for iPad which is also FREE Learn Java script, Python, html, etc.
Is another great coding app which is well designed and easy to learn for everyone. It is available for FREE download at iTunes
LEARNING GAME APPS
This game is sooo much fun. Created by Colin Northway and Andy Moore, Fantastic Contraption is a physics puzzle game in which the objective in each level is to move all red objects into a rectangular goal area.
To make your machine, click on the type of material you want, and then click or drag in the light blue "building area" to place it.
Sometimes it’s pretty obvious what needs to be done and will only take seconds, other times though it feels extraordinarily convoluted and complex.
That’s the beauty to Fantastic Contraption though, it’s really quite cerebral in nature. You just have to persevere through the mind boggling part until it all begins to click in your head.
iStop Motion for iPad costs about $10.00
Stop frame animation has been around for a very long time and is great fun to do.
We review the iStopMotion animation app, a software package that brings some pro animation features to iPads and iPhones. The technique of stop-motion animation is almost as old as the craft of animation itself. Championed in the UK by the likes of Aardman Animation, The Trousers and Wallace and Gromit, Shaun the Sheep etc.
Stop Frame motion is a great app
Red Shark gives a comprehensive review(great site for Film industry gleanings)
Take a look at the Video Tutorial - FREE to start with.
Stop motion animation tutorial: An introduction to iStopMotion for iPad | lynda.com
Stop Motion app FREE for iphone and ipad.
Download it now. I played with it for a whole weekend. No instructions needed
your students will be able to figure it out for themselves. A tripod of some sort is suitable. I rigged a simple one up for my iPhone using one of one of the car hands free dvices and masking tape. It worked a treat.
So simple and easy.
A really neat little app is called Coop Fractions.It has helped Year 5s to see the correlation between fractions & their decimal equivalent.
Learn to ace fractions with this suite of hilarious chicken-themed educational games.
The Explain Everything APP has been around for a while and it is still fabulous. Check out the Video from Paul Hamilton on making a robot - just show the kids and they will figure it out. Very Cool!!
One of the first examples in the world. Edtech visionary and ADE Paul Hamilton shows how iBeacon technology has been used in education to create learning zones.
iBeacon technology has massive potential in schools,
both from a teaching and learning context and administration.
Mathemateer - ROCKET Maths App FREE
Mathemateer App - students get to build their own rocket to shoot into space. Once they have built the initial rocket they can complete math missions to earn more money to allow them to customize their rocket even more. Students love to complete the math missions so they can make their rocket bigger, fancier & prettier. Watch the Video for a quick overview
One of the Coolest APPS Solar Walk
Tour the solar system with this dazzling astronomy app, which lets you fly Google Earth-style from one planet to another, learning along the way.
It has a beautiful pictures, the easy to understand interface and the abundance of information. There is a free version but it has a lot of limitations, the paid version offers much more and is way less frustrating at $1.29 - much better deal.
RUBE Goldberg APP
The app is
Rube Works: The Official Rube Goldberg Invention Game
& costs $3.79
The first and only official Rube Goldberg puzzle game. Solve everyday problems
in Rube’s trademark elaborate style by creating complex and hilarious machines.
iMovie Lesson Plan - Introduce yourself. Basic beginner tutorial for iMovie.