10 tablet Apps review:
Due March 22, 2015
· Overview of app
· Does it work correctly?
· Any glitches?
· Is it appropriate for teaching and what grade level?
1. Art.com is an app where you can make a painting digitally and see it posted in a frame in a gallery. It works well, I created several artworks, paintings only so it defiantly could be used for any age and used in teaching with I Pad. It is great for kids to see their finished work in a frame in a virtual gallery and to give them an appreciation for art in galleries. They can learn about color and making a composition.
2.30 Hands PRO Learning Inc. is an app for storytelling digitally and making visual presentations. You can upload video clips in a presentation with great clarity and it can be published directly into Google docs. Students seem to be enthusiastic when using visual aids to create a project. Students can create pictures and record their voice. It seems intuitive and easy to use even for as young as kindergarteners, but the teacher has to manually add each student account.
3. Tellagami is an app for animation, you create a Gami video as you pick a character and then can record a message or type it and then send it to someone and can save it or post it on twitter or face book, it definitely is easy and fun .It reminds me of the Sims computer game as you can change the clothes and appearance of your character. Pick a mood and a background. It is easy and a great way to share stories and messages to students and between students. A teacher could really reach students with this app.
4. Aurasma is an app which allows students to make book reviews and presentations 3 dimensional by hovering over an image. It is a great way to get information quickly and make boring work interesting that is if you can figure how to use it. But then students will love it. It can be addicting and it makes assignments come alive and book reviews more exciting. This augmented reality so it allows another dimension. It actually seems mike magic when you hold the ipad over a poster and a video comes alive.
“I started using augmented reality to extend my student's learning. We started with making our word walls come to life. During one lesson on weight and capacity, I had my student’s think of a brief way to describe each vocabulary term in the lesson. I simply passed out index cards and had each child work with a partner. They choose a word to define/explain. This entire activity took about six minutes. They loved it!”
5. BiblioNasium app helps kids find interesting books to read, its free and easy and a great for younger children, ages 6-10 to interact and really get involved with the story .this app really is great for involving younger children in reading.. This is targeted at younger students and allows teachers to present challenges which are in a specific time period. The students can include books that through have read and it helps librarians especially make reading more fun and thus inspire young readers.
If you want to have fun reading with your friends, this is the place! BiblioNasium is the first-ever, totally free social network for kids ages 6 – 13.
Connect with your friends – and with great books – right here. Why is BiblioNasium totally cool?
- You get your very own virtual bookshelf, where you can keep track of what you’ve read, and what you want to read
- It’s easy to share book recommendations with friends. Plus, you can get your friends to suggest books you’ll like
- Your reading logs are kept safe online; no more pieces of paper to keep track of
- BiblioNasium coach (and our favorite chimp) C. Manzee is here to help you and your friends become reading champs
BiblioNasium is a free, protected social network for children ages 6-13 designed to engage, encourage and excite young people about reading.
Packed with tools – and the power of peer and parental support – BiblioNasium functions as your Literacy partner, helping you quickly and easily build and drive an effective, challenging independent reading program.
With BiblioNasium you can:
Tailor reading programs to students' individual needs
Monitor student reading logs, create reading challenges, help students expand genre choices and tailor reading lists – all online and un-lose-able! Build and administer programs by group, class, grade and by individual student, regardless of reading level.
Track valuable data
Track and get BiblioNasium reports on what each student is reading and at what level, using Lexile® measures provided onsite for thousands of books. Track progress of individual students, groups, classes or grades as a whole.
Keep kids’ organized in their independent reading
BiblioNasium’s virtual bookshelves help kids keep track of what they’ve read, what they like, and what they plan to read.
Foster peer-to-peer support
Kids are encouraged to share book recommendations and share books, building conversation and connections around reading.
Supplement your “team”
BiblioNasium mascot and reading coach Chip Manzee motivates and entertains kids, challenging them and rewarding good reading behavior. Our virtual reading rewards and recognition complement your in-class acknowledgement of a job well done.
As educators, we know that students read better when they do it consistently and as part of a community. BiblioNasium provides the safe environment and support to make a real difference in building students’ independent reading.”
6. StripDesigner is a comic book app and really cool for teaching kids how to create a comic. It has many comic strip layouts with only one simple frame or multiple frames by drawing pictures freehand or using photographs they have taken or importing them from the internet. They create each frame fits and is not necessarily attached to a theme, meaning that each image on each frame could be a drawing and the next could be a photo. Comics are a creative and fun way to story tells for any age but I think it is better suited for older kids. Students can make text bubbles, how fun…and make color gradients to add for effects...only 2.99
” Completed Strip Designer comic strips can be shared through a variety of channels including email, Face book, Flickr, and Twitter. Completed comic strips can also be saved as PDFs to store on your students’ iPads or sent to a Drop box account.”
7. Kidblog app is a place where mostly younger students can post and feel safe.
How Teachers & Students Are Using Kidblog:
A perfect way to get your students reading, writing, and responding to literature.Math Problem-solving
Encourage students to solve real-world problems and demonstrate mathematical understanding.Science Notebooks
Help students develop and practice their science understanding, while also enhancing communication.Global Pen Pals
Motivate students to write by expanding their audience beyond the classroom.
8. Poems by Heart app is a great app for ipad for kids to learn and memorize poetry ,the classics, Shakespeare for example. so even though,( from what I have read), many teachers are actually moving away from developing memorization skills in the classroom, this app could also be a great tool and even fun for “training the young brain “Great artwork, and design and voice recordings here.it is free and works by going line to line and it prompts the student to fill in the words which are missing and then it repeats this process and becomes more difficult and then you are prompted to say it all by heart as a picture of a recording studio comes up and it adds your recording to the library, pretty cool…the glitch is that after the two poems which are free you have to pay 99cents per poem after that.
9. Paper app for ipad is a note taking app for students but really is not just for text note taking, more for students who are older and like more creative note taking, sketching and diagrams but can be used for that but it is more creative because of then tools included. The design is simple and I like that, but you have to buy some of the tools after the trial. You cannot import photos and no edits either and it takes some practice to get used to it. It sometimes blurs when you try to write, you can use the rewind button to redo your work. But I am more used to an undo button, it seems nice for sketching with your finger, the gesture seemed difficult. There are add on brushes and they are free for now. I think it would be best for older kids who use diagrams and sketching and notes without simple words.It are a beautiful though.
10. Mr.PicassoHead app is a fun one. This is so cool. I guess it is better for older kids. You drag the facial features over to your paper, basically you can create different faces using Picasso’s marks and it is a great art history tool to really help the student understand modern art by doing. You press the palette to add color, you sign your name and a fancy signature appears
I thought I would post one I made (below) a great way to sign off on this assignment. It is quick, simple, easy and fun and educational. I am going to teach my elementary school majors this assignment in conjunction with their art history lesson about Abstract Art.