December 11, 2015
This month’s series of New EdTech Tools and Apps for Teachers features some interesting tools to use in your teaching. Some of the things you can do with these applications include:
create whiteboard style animated videos, memorize vocabulary items using flashcards, learn programming through hands-on activities, create soundtracks fro stories, take beautiful handwritten notes and annotate PDF documents, explore human anatomy in 3D and many more.
This is a web application that allows you to create whiteboard style animated videos. It provides over 6000 animations to illustrate your videos and engage your audience. While Explee is a premium tool but it does offer a 14 day free trial.
‘This is a revolutionary flashcard app fully synchronized with your Evernote database account enabling you to memorize important information (such as words, phases or figures).’
In this award-winning app, kids use a simple visual programming language to combine your device’s camera, microphone, speakers, gyroscope, and screen to make a light, a stop-motion camera, a kaleidoscope, a voice disguiser, a cookie thief catcher, or anything else you can think of!
4- Action Story
‘Action Story is a free interactive app to improve English comprehension. It allows users to choose the path the character takes. They can create small acts in a story based on clues prompted in the app. They would learn how to structure sentences and meaning of words by indulging in an interactive-story’.
‘Booktrack Classroom allows students to read eBooks with a movie-style soundtrack, or to create their own soundtrack for any story, essay or other text. Students can also create and publish their own Booktracks, reading them on the web or on mobile phones and tablets.’
‘This is a 3D solar system simulation application, which gives you the approximate location of the planets in the solar system at different time, and some information about each one of them. This application uses HTML5 and WebGL.’
‘Psykopaint is an amazing photo painting app where you pick one of the 6 brushes provided and start painting while the colors are selected automatically for you. Psykopaint offers some unique and rather unusual results. Unlike photo-editing softwares based on filters, it works by sampling colors of the original photo to create a new image.’
8- GoodNotes 4
‘GoodNotes lets you take beautiful handwritten notes and annotate PDF documents. The handwritten notes are searchable and are created using a pioneering vector ink engine. Thanks to iCloud sync, your documents in GoodNotes will synchronize between your iPad and iPhone automatically.’
‘Developed exclusively for iPad and with rich content from the Oxford University Press, this fun, fascinating tool offers a truly engaging reference for word lovers of all ages and interests. By using your fingers to manipulate word trees, you will experience language as an interactive adventure, and will find information quickly and easily.’
10- Human 3.0
‘The BioDigital Human is a virtual body platform consisting of the most comprehensive set of true 3D anatomy and 3D health condition models ever assembled. Use our free or paid premium version and choose from 1000’s of interactive visualizations to build your own custom library of models.’