February 16, 2014
As is he habit once every month, I feature here in Educational Technology and Mobile Learning a list of some new educational iPad apps that I came across in different blogs and websites. Of course I can not include every single app I bookmarked because the list will be too long, however, the suggestions I have below are the ones that stood out to me from the rest. I invite you to check them out and probably share them with your colleagues.
1- Creative Kids
Wiggling mice, giggling colour ghosts, and creepy crawlies - colour pencil drawings come to life with Creative Kids! The app gives children over six a step by step method for creating their own animations and moving images using colour pencils, paper, and a tablet computer. Fine motor skills, creativity, and imagination are stimulated in a playful and fun way.
2- Audio NoteBook
Audio Notebook captures everything that is said, so you don't have to worry about missing a thing.
Record through your whole day and take notes at the same time. Edit and add to your notes while recording or reviewing later. When you're done, easily email your notes and recordings with a tap.
3- Let's Be Social
Let's be Social! targets the pragmatic skills of Recognizing Emotions, Solving Problems, Forming Friendships, and Predicting Outcomes. Let's be Social! comes standard with 25 high quality lessons created by licensed SLP's. Each lesson includes walks the user through different social interactions and asks questions to help encourage retention and carryover of skills. Custom illustrations to show emotions felt and actions taken during each stage of a lesson.
4- The Love Book
The Love Book app is a new interactive anthology of timeless poems, short stories, quotes and letters, all inspired by that most noble (and most troublesome) of emotions: love. The Love Book interactive app invites you to read and hear great words on love and even record your own version to share across your social networks.
5- Daisy The Dinosaur
Learn the basics of computer programming with Daisy the Dinosaur! This free, fun app has an easy drag and drop interface that kids of all ages can use to animate Daisy to dance across the screen. Kids will intuitively grasp the basics of objects, sequencing, loops and events by solving this app's challenges.
6- TheDesign Museum
The Design Museum Collection App for iPad presents 59 remarkable objects from London’s Design Museum; these key pieces from the collection are explored through film, audio, text and photographs. Search options include: time, material, colour, location, manufacturer and designer.
7- Color Uncovered
Explore the surprising side of color with Color Uncovered, an interactive book that features fascinating illusions, articles, and videos developed by the Exploratorium.
8- Touch Van Gogh
This app allows you to explore the wealth of information contained in and under the paint in Van Gogh’s masterpieces. Simply ‘touch’ Van Gogh’s art works and let the paintings tell their stories. The surprises in store include revelations about recycled canvases, discoloured pigments and Van Gogh’s use of a perspective frame.
9- Bubble Pop Multiplication
A fun and engaging way to learn multiplication tables. Choose the times tables you would like to practise and then use them to pop the bubbles before your time runs out. This game has been designed by a teacher to help students to develop their confidence and fluency with multiplication.
10- Puppet Workshop
Puppet Workshop was created to develop your child's creativity. Choose a sock or glove which will become a virtual puppet. Create the eyes, nose, mouth and hair using a variety of buttons, strands, ornaments, etc. Place the puppet on the background available in the app or upload your own background from camera roll on your iPad. Alternatively, your child may use some paper, markers, crayons and independently create his or her own background that you can use in Puppet Workshop.
It helps with visualizing the information which is a very important piece for comprehension skills It can be used for a variety of children including special educations students who have language learning deficits, reading comprehension deficits, and specific learning disability due to language weaknesses. Promotes language through motor skills modality It helps with active participation skills Promotes internal motivation to keep listening and interacting in the task
12- Disney American Presidents
This dynamic and playful historical journey is packed with educational content, from homesteading to civil rights, from trust busting to bailouts. Moving through curriculum-based eras from Washington to Obama, you’ll realize that history is so much more than dates and documents – it’s the dynamic story of the real men and women who together built our country.