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8 Powerful iPad Apps That Support Inquiry-based Learning

December 8, 2015
Inquiry-based learning is a constructive, dialogic and student-centred learning strategy that  uses questions as a locomotive for learning. And as we have argued elsewhere, inquiry-based learning is radically different from traditional modes of learning where much of the focus is placed on things such as drills, memorization and rote learning. In inquiry-based learning, students are driven by a sense of curiosity in an investigative process that involves posing questions and exploring different learning paths. In today’s post, we are sharing with you some excellent iPad apps that support the ethos of inquiry based learning. For web tools that support inquiry-based learning check out this page.

1- Explain Everything

Explain Everything is an excellent interactive screen casting whiteboard that students can use to create video tutorials and explanatory guides to share with others. The app is easy to use and offers a host of features that allow students to create and share their learning experiences.

2- Penultimate

This is a great note taking app that simulates the traditional pen and paper note taking. Students can use it comfortably handwrite or sketch their notes and capture fleeting ideas. The app supports Evernote syncing so students ca organize their notes in notebooks and access anywhere with Internet connection.

3- Ideament (Formerly Idea Sketch)

‘Ideament lets you easily draw a diagram - mind map, concept map, or flow chart - and convert it to a text outline, and vice versa. You can use Ideament for anything, such as brainstorming new ideas, illustrating concepts, making lists and outlines, planning presentations, creating organizational charts, and more! ’

4- Haiku Deck

“Haiku Deck makes it a snap to create beautiful presentations that will wow your audience – whether you’re pitching an idea, teaching a lesson, telling a story, or igniting a movement. Some of its features include:Edit your Haiku Decks online, or create online and present from your iPhone or iPad; Use your iPhone as a remote in presentation mode; Apply stylish, professionally designed fonts and layouts with one tap for a cohesive, polished look…”

5- Tellagami

‘Tellagami is a mobile app that lets you create and share a quick animated video called a Gami.A Gami can be an exciting tweet or status update. It can be a fun way to tell a story. It can be a thank you message or a vacation postcard. It can be a birthday greeting, party invite or cool way to share photos. The possibilities are endless!’

6- Aurasma

Auras is a powerful augmented reality app that lets you create and share your own AR experiences. Some of the things you can do with it include: ‘Bring tagged images, objects and even physical locations to life with interactive digital content, such as video, animations, and 3D. These augmented reality experiences are called Auras;Use the simple step-by-step creation wizard within the app to make your own Auras and share them with friends and other Aurasma users… ’

7- Book Creator

Book creator is one of the best apps students can use to create beautiful PDFs and comics. Some of its features include:  “Add text, choosing from over 50 fonts; Add photos and images from your iPad's photo library, from the web, or use the iPad's Camera; Resize, rotate and position content as you like with guidelines and snap positioning; Add video and music, and even record your voice; Use the pen tool to draw and annotate your book; Choose from portrait, landscape or square book sizes; Add super powers to your books with comic templates, stickers and styles; A quick tap and you're reading your book in iBooks!”

8- Shadow Puppet

This is a very good app for digital storytelling projects in class. Shadow Puppet lets you “Create custom videos that are easy to share! Combine photos and video clips with your voice and favorite song. Draw on screen, add emoji stickers, zoom and pan. Create videos to tell a story, explain an idea, or send a personalized message.“