Apps I Use
Move Over Educreations. Doodle Cast Pro is here!
A simple App similar to to Educreations but it saves to the camera roll is much easier to share and use & the students can redo recordings! This has taken away much of their stress. There is no typing feature yet. VERY Flexible- I can see so many uses! We also use Doceri for the same reason ( can redo audio recordings) but this app is less complicated than Doceri .for the kids
I use this app weekly -sometimes daily. Kids can present information using multiple forms of expression (images, text, and audio) in this interactive recordable white board. It is easy and flexible. Educreations is such a well-made creation tool that any of the complexities of are made to be used simply and intuitively. Students also learn how to speak clearly and concisely as they record their voice over handwritten or typed information which they can also annotate to enhance their slides. Multiple pages are allowed and my students use a handwritten planning sheet prior to recording as this is a ONE take only lesson. Meaning they must start over if they make a mistake. This can lead to frustration so careful planning and practice is important. The app is powerful, easy to use and share. There are many uses with this app, from testing reading fluency - students can type in a passage, their story etc and then read it with aloud. I stress when they read I want I want to read with nice rate and inflection. They have improved dramatically in this area as they must listen to their reading before I do. I have also been using these for number talks, singing another typed stanza to our weekly song , explain a visual etc. It has also become a powerful assessment tool for the Speech and Language Specialist, OT and myself.
Simple yet versatile . The Geoboard app
is perfect for applications in Fractions & Geometry! It is excellent for fine motor skills and practice and takes a precision that I think is important. Plus no more rubber bands!
Better than my paper and clip voice o meter poster!
Popplet is a brainstorming organizing tool that helps students develop & organize ideas, concepts, opinions, facts, using visuals handwriting or typed phrases. The free app allows only one local popplet at a time. The student can collect online resources or use photos from their camera roll. These items can be sorted into categories or expanded with traits, definitions etc. They can record and map out thoughts, list or sort facts, diagram etc. Very flexible app. The Popplet can become a GO chart ( Graphic organizers) that can be saved to camera roll and then imported & used in other apps that use photos. I typically have them use their popplet in an app like Educreations to record their explanation & thinking and to share using my Apple TV in class.
Puppet Pals is a simple cartoon/animation creation app. It allows students to create animations using preset characters and settings. There is a free version as well as a paid version & for $2.99 a teacher can buy a 'Director's Pass' where photos can be used as puppets and backgrounds. Students manipulate puppet characters while recording their voices to create an animation. There is a wide variety of characters available (especially in the paid app) including famous people. The possibilities for this app are limitless! Sharing is not as straight forward but they can be uploaded to a private you tube account and embedded into blogs or websites for sharing which is how I share student work.
Class DOJO- Fabulous & flexible
ClassDojo helps teachers improve behavior in their classrooms quickly and easily. It also captures and generates data on behavior that teachers can share with parents and administrators.
As a special ed teacher this is a flexible and easy way to collect targeted data. Love h this app!
Educational Apps as well as other Unexpected Educational Apps enhance learning & are used in my elementary SDC class. The most popular and versatile are listed below. This list will be updated as my journey continues.
When I look for an app I look for those that allow flexibility, have multi-purposes, invite creativity, take advantage of the camera/photos, and allows for sharing. We are asked to use free Apps but there are some exceptional paid apps out there. Overall, I suspect paid apps on many iPADS are cheaper than site licenses for Microsoft Word for a school District.. but I need to check into that.
There is a big difference between Content & Creation & Innovation Apps in my mind. I try to pick Apps that allow students to create and move across content areas in innovative ways. I find that Apps which work on a single skill
( multiplication, phonics, spelling etc.) are less mentally challenging and don't provide the opportunities for deeper or higher thinking skills I value. Certainly, there is a place for these games that target specific skills- for example they are engaging and reinforce skills in a fun motivating way which is so much better than the traditional paper pencil work sheets. But my focus is to find Apps that allow me to use the full power of the iPAD and engage the child's deeper thinking skills.