Simple Mind 03/29/2012
Free- Simple Mind is a great brainstorming app. You can create a simple or complex web, or mind map with the touch of your fingers! You start out with your central theme or idea. From there you can add different sections and sub-sections to your web going as in-depth as you need to. You can move and organize all of your information and the app automatically color coordinates everything for you. You can choose between a variety of themes that will sort through various colors and backgrounds.
At Edmunds, we recently used this app to brainstorm podcasting ideas that will help Edmunds. Students came up with ways to teach younger students on how to be safe, academics (abc's addition, etc.), and other general things the students thought would help make Edmunds a better place. Classroom teachers also like this app because it is a great tool for something that students should be doing on a regular basis. Thinking about their own thoughts!
Free- We started using this free teleprompter app when we started podcasting. We created a script either on the Paperdesk App or written on a piece of paper. They then transferred the text into teleprompter, played with the fonts and colors, and used it to read their podcast while recording. The one issue that we ran into was making sure that there was enough space at the bottom of the text to allow the teleprompter to scroll all the way through. To do this, we just hit the return button quite a few times when we finished our text. Very useful app for readin.
Puppet Pals 01/30/2012
Free (Director's Pass: $2.99)- Puppet Pals is an app that allows students to create their own puppet shows on the iPad. Students select their own backgrounds and characters before they begin their show. Once they are ready, they can record their voice and manipulate each of the characters in the performance. The free version gives access to limited characters and backgrounds. If you upgrade to the Director's Pass, you will not only have more characters and backgrounds, but also the ability to create your own characters and backgrounds using the camera on the iPad. A fantastic feature that is well worth the upgrade.
Color Effects 01/30/2012
Free- Color effects is a photo editing app that allows you to alter a picture in a variety of ways. When a picture is taken within this app, the image is automatically changed to a gray scale. After that you can restore color (or change the color entirely) to selected areas of the photo. Check out what some of our 5th grade students did within 15 minutes of using the app. I will be adding more as students send them to me.