The iPad is a great tool for the classroom. It can provide remediation for your students, of course, with the HUGE selection of apps that can be used to reteach and “drill and kill” a concept. Sometimes that is what a student needs…a big dose of problems or activities that hit the same concept over and over.
What I see starting to gain momentum in classrooms now, however, are teachers taking advantage of the creativity apps to allow students a chance to show what they know. In my opinion, this is where the most is gotten from an iPad. Allow your students to be creative and think outside the box. Give them the opportunity to produce material that is relevant to them. They will learn so much more if you let them own their education. Give them choices and let their creativity flow!
App Smashing is a term you hear quite often now in the educational world. It is the process of using multiple apps to create one final product. I like to break it down into 2 categories: collecting resources and creation. Collecting resources means you are using certain apps to collect or create images, etc that can be used within another app later. Creation is when you are taking the resources you collected and pulling them all together to create a final product. There are many apps out there that you can use to smash. I will list a few of my favorites below. If you want more information on these apps, do a quick search for them on my site as I have posted about most/all of them in the past.
|Drawing Pad – $1.99. It is not free but I love the flexibility you get with this app. If you intend to use a drawing app a lot then this may be worth the money for you. Save to camera roll.|
|Doodle Buddy– Free. Easy to use and manipulate. Save to your camera roll.|
|Skitch – Free. Annotate over images. Save to camera roll|
|Turbo Collage – Free.|
|Pic Collage – Free|
|TypeDrawing– $1.99. Type out your text. Use your finger to draw your text out around any shape or image you choose.|
|Tellagami – Free. Create 30 second videos with an avatar.|
|Chatterpix for Kids– Free. Draw a mouth on any image and create a 30 second video.|
|30 Hands– Free. Create a video slideshow. Annotate on images and record your voice.|
|Haiku Deck– Free. Create a presentation similar to PowerPoint or Keynote.|
|Book Creator– $4.99. Still my favorite! Create a book where can draw, type, or insert images and video. You can use the above apps and then import it all into Book Creator for a class book/project or use as a summarizing or documentation tool for an ongoing activity.|