Lesson Ideas using Creativity Apps

Apple have released a series of interactive books which give educators ideas on how to use some creativity apps in their classroom. The books are free and are easy to follow, with examples for all ages and subjects.

 

For the link to download any of the books click here.

The Dead - James Joyce App out now

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

'The Dead' is regarded by many as the greatest short story of the twentieth century. The closing story of 'Dubliners', it begins with a party in Ushers Island on January 6th, the feast of the Epiphany and the last night of Christmas. To mark the centenary of the publication of Dubliners, UCD Humanities Institute is delighted to announce the release of an exciting new iPad app - including the full story read by renowned actor Barry McGovern plus period images and audio commentaries.

At number 15 Ushers Island, on the 6th of January, Kate and Julia Morkan hold their annual dinner party. Gabriel Conroy and his wife enjoy the company, dancing and music. When his wife hears the folksong, ‘The Lass of Aughrim’ sung plaintively by another guest, she remembers the young man who once loved her and sang to her on another snowy night. And Gabriel discovers his marriage and his life are not all he imagined them to be.

Add Phonetic Guides to your Pages to help literacy and language skills

 

Use Phonetic Guides in Pages/Keynote/Numbers to help your students break down words and pronunciation. Originally designed for Chinese, Japanese or Korean text, once you have enabled the featured there is nothing to stop you from using it on other languages or general literacy skills. 

 

You will need to enable one of the Chinese, Korean or Japanese keyboards. Even if you never use the keyboard itself, by doing so you are unlocking the features of that keyboard.

 

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Word scramble game for Literacy

 

 

A simple, yet addictive, word scramble game that will put you up against the clock to find as many words as possible. 
 
All words need to be at least three letters long, and at the end of each game a full list of words appears, allowing you try again or start a brand new random selection of letters.

 

In the home setting you can modify how much of a time limit you set for each game!

 

Time to revisit Keynote

 Video created by Ciarán McCormack in 2011

Keynote - Apple

 

In part 2, of our series this week, we are taking a look at Keynote. The trick to learning Keynote is to forget all those menus and drop downs that you may have learnt using Powerpoint. The buttons are simply:

 

Paint brush - for formatting (it's dynamic so if you text selected it will format text, picture selected it format the picture)

+ Button - allows you to add new things to a slide, media (pictures and movies), tables, charts 2D and 3D, and shapes including Text boxes for additional text!

Spanner - For all the other bells and whistles you expect, including sharing to other people and apps, hyperlinks to websites and other slide etc.

 

Play Button - when you have your presentation ready for display!

Keynote is the most powerful presentation app ever designed for a mobile device. Built from the ground up for iPad, iPhone, and iPod touch, it makes creating a world-class presentation — complete with animated charts and transitions — as simple as touching and tapping. Use full-screen view to present right on your iPad, iPhone, or iPod touch. Or use video mirroring to present it on an HDTV, and preview your slides and notes on your device using the presenter display. Keynote works with iCloud, so your presentations stay up to date across all your iOS devices — automatically.

Time to revisit iMovie

 Video created by Ciarán McCormack in 2011

iMovie - Apple

 

As part 3 of our series this week, we take a look at iMovie. 

iMovie will allow your students to put together impressive, professional looking videos demonstrating their understanding of any topic.

 Make beautiful HD movies anywhere with iMovie, the fast and fun moviemaking app for iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad. Designed for the Multi-Touch screen, iMovie puts everything you need to tell your story at your fingertips. Browse and play projects in the Marquee view. Make a movie in minutes by adding video, photos, music and sound effects. Then give it the Hollywood treatment by adding a theme, titles and transitions. And you can share share your movie with the world – right from iMovie.  

Time to revisit - Pages

Pages

Pages, the powerful word processor for Mac, has been completely redesigned for iPad. It’s the most beautiful word processor you’ve ever seen on a mobile device. Documents look stunning on the bright, vivid iPad display. Use Multi-Touch gestures to lay out letters, flyers, brochures, reports, and more.    

Numbers

Numbers, the powerful spreadsheet application made for the Mac, has been completely redesigned for iPad. Tap the bright Multi-Touch display to create compelling, great-looking spreadsheets in minutes. With over 250 easy-to-use functions, an intelligent keyboard, flexible tables, and eye-catching charts, all the answers are at your fingertips.  

Keynote

Keynote, the powerful presentation application for Mac, has been completely redesigned for iPad. It makes creating a world-class presentation, complete with animated charts and transitions, as simple as touching and tapping.    

Vimeo

They've packed all the best parts of Vimeo into one app! Now you can upload, edit, manage and watch your videos right from your iPhone. Need some inspiration? Watch great videos based on your personal preferences or our curated channels.    

iMovie

Make beautiful HD movies anywhere with iMovie, the fast and fun moviemaking app for iPhone, iPod touch, and the amazing new iPad 2. Designed for the Multi-Touch screen, iMovie puts everything you need to tell your story at your fingertips. Browse and play projects in the stunning Marquee view. Make a movie in minutes by adding video, photos, music, and sound effects. Then give it the Hollywood treatment by adding a theme, titles, and transitions. And you can share your movie with the world – right from iMovie.    

GarageBand

GarageBand turns your iPad into a collection of Touch Instruments and a full-featured recording studio — so you can make music anywhere you go. Use Multi-Touch gestures to play pianos, organs, guitars, drums, and basses on your iPad. They sound and play like their counterparts, but let you do things you could never do on a real instrument. Enjoy a full range of Smart Instruments that make you sound like a pro — even if you’ve never played a note before. Plug an electric guitar into your iPad and play through classic amps and stompbox effects. Use the built-in microphone or a guitar to record, or capture any performance. Then mix up to eight tracks to create a song you can share.  

DropBox

Dropbox is a free service that lets you bring all your photos, docs, and videos anywhere. After you install Dropbox on your computer, any file you save to your Dropbox will automatically save to all your computers, your iPhone and iPad and even the Dropbox website! With the Dropbox app, you can take everything that matters to you on the go.  

The Journal

Read the latest news from TheJournal.ie on your iPhone, iPod or iPad.      

BBC News

Get the latest, breaking news from the BBC and our global network of journalists.      

Sky News

Stay informed and get the breaking news from Sky News. This application lets you read the latest feeds from the newsroom; UK and World News, Politics, Showbiz, and Business.    

mTouch

The first and the only native iPhone/iPod Touch app for Moodle. mTouch is intended for student usage scenarios and no server side installation or tweaks are required. You can begin using mTouch right away.    

AroundMe

AroundMe allows you to quickly find out information about your surroundings.      

ezShare Pro

ezShare Pro is the ultimate tool for connecting to your computer. Access documents, music, photos and other files or view and control your desktop as if you were sitting in front of it.    

Converter Plus

Converter Plus is a unit converter with very extensive list of currencies and units in hundreds of categories. The list includes area, weight, energy, force, length, mass, power, pressure, speed, temperature, volume, bits and bytes and many more.    

ToySlate

Use ToySlate to add a little fun to your home moviemaking experience! Make your family feel like stars on the set. Feel like (and sound like) a big shot movie director!    

iSeismometer

Start iSeismometer, leave it on your desk, then try tap somewhere. You will realize how sensitive iPhone is!      

myHomework

myHomework is a simple and easy to use iPhone application that allows you to keep track of your homework, classes, projects and tests while interacting with a really cool design. myHomework’s design tends to resemble our day to day notebook, the sections are separated by colorful “sticky pads” that marks the page.    

StoryKit

Create an electronic storybook. Make use of the little gaps in life - on the sofa after dinner, in the back seat of the car, or on a train - to do something creative together.    

3D Gallery Lite

Walk through virtual galleries on your iPhone and iPod touch and include your own pictures!      

Kid Genius

Kid Genius turns your iPhone or iPod touch into a convenient teaching tool for your preschoolers complete with vibrant graphics and sound.      

Apple Keynote Remote

With Keynote Remote, you can control your Keynote slide presentation on your Mac from your iPod touch or iPhone.      

Remote

Control iTunes and Apple TV using your iPhone, iPod touch, or iPad over your Wi-Fi network. Choose playlists, songs, and albums as if you were right in front of your computer or Apple TV.    

PS Express

Adobe Photoshop Express software lets you use simple gestures to quickly edit and share photos from your mobile device. Enjoy having your photo and video library right in your hand — without wasting your device's valuable storage space.    

Adobe Ideas

Adobe® Ideas is your digital sketchbook, letting you capture and explore ideas anywhere you go.      

Word Lens

Instantly translate printed words from one language to another with your built-in video camera, in real time! PLEASE NOTE: Language packs must be purchased from within the app. Use Word Lens on vacation, business travel, and just for fun.    

Virtuoso Piano

Be the maestro with Virtuoso Piano Free, a new iPod touch, iPhone and iPad instrument. Learn and play the piano anytime and anywhere.      

Shakespeare in Bits Lite

Struggling with Shakespeare? Let Shakespeare In Bits help with this all-new fully-animated study edition of Romeo and Juliet featuring Kate Beckinsale and Michael Sheen.    

Shakespeare

Shakespeare™ is a free app with the complete works of Shakespeare (41 plays, 154 sonnets and 6 poems, including doubtful works) and a searchable concordance to find the exact word or phrase you’re looking for (with “relaxed” searching to find words close to your search term).    

FIS Training

This is the iPhone/iPod App version of our FIS Professional Development Course for Teachers. This App has been designed in such a way that corresponds to the complete production cycle of making a film in a classroom environment. It has been designed to introduce the medium of film into the School Curriculum.  

eClicker

eClicker is a personal response system that allows teachers to poll their class during a lesson. It provides teachers with the real-time feedback they need to be sure their messages are being received. Developed for smartphones and laptops, eClicker leverages the hardware already in the hands of many students providing a low cost polling solution for the classroom. All you need to get started is the eClicker Host app running on an iOS device, a Wi-Fi network, and students with internet-enabled devices to participate.  

Google Translate

Translate words and phrases between more than 50 languages using Google Translate for iOS. For most languages, you can speak your phrases and hear the corresponding translations.    

Puppet Pals

Create your own unique shows with animation and audio in real time! Simply pick out your actors and backdrops, drag them on to the stage, and tap record. Your movements and audio will be recorded in real time for playback later.    

Evernote

Evernote turns the iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad into an extension of your brain, helping you remember anything and everything that happens in your life. From notes to ideas to snapshots to recordings, put it all into Evernote and watch as it instantly synchronizes from your iPhone to your Mac or Windows desktop.    

Bump

Bump™ makes sharing with people as simple as bumping two phones together. Just pick what you want to send, then hold your phones and gently bump hands with another Bump user.    

Twitter

Follow your interests: instant updates from your friends, industry experts, favorite celebrities, and what’s happening around the world. Get short bursts of timely information on the official Twitter app for iPhone.    

The Elements

If you think you've seen the periodic table, think again. The Elements: A Visual Exploration lets you experience the beauty and fascination of the building blocks of our universe in a way you've never seen before.    

Star Walk

Star Walk enables you to point your iPad at the sky and see what stars, constellations, and satellites you are looking at in real-time.    
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Learn with Homer

 

A fun educational app for Primary and Pre Primary students. Discover animals at the zoo, mammals, birds and other exciting tours. Create, draw and record messages in a Playhouse. As well as discovering stories, poetry and nursery rhymes.
With options to have these read to you or read along, there is something to discover and enjoy for everyone in this nice app!

 

Colourful and engaging!

 

iThoughtsHD

iThoughtsHD (mindmapping) - CMS

 

This is, by far, one of my favourite apps at the moment. I have always personally struggled to write essays, and when I take notes I usually look back over them wondering what I was referring to. Mind maps have been incredibly useful to me to help structure my thinking and allowing me to flesh out those random thoughts that pop into my head from time to time. 

 

For those of you already familiar with Mind Maps they are useful in education, brainstorming, thinking, meeting, planning, problem solving, communications and note taking etc. It is often used for students with different learning styles to assist in their learning. 

 

This app gives the user the potential to use them in many ways. From presenting using mind maps, to sharing them in cloud services, and also email them to yourself (which lays the mind map out in a very easy to understand layout, so much so I actually surprised myself that I took such diligent notes!) I will be honest and say I dived straight into the app without looking at any help menu's or tutorials and found the basics straight forward enough, however, some thing were not so intuitive. They are still very easy to do and once I watched the video above I felt like a pro using the app. Rather than recreate the video, here it is for your own benefit!

The Spell Bot

Spell Bot - Walsall Academy

 

An app designed to help your students improve spellings. This could be used by primary schools, students with special ed needs, or even older students learning new languages.

 

As a teacher you can quickly create a test, using the simple interface. The design is not distracting. It's quick and easy to use, with immediate feedback to the student.

The Opposites

The Opposites - Mindshapes Limited

Aimed at Primary School level, the Opposites app is a word game which challenges players to match up pairs of opposing words. The game starts off easy but increasingly becomes more difficult as the player progresses.

 

As well as the games itself, you can browse the customised dictionary for each level, which is nicely displayed for children. Either learn the words before playing or jump right into the game and see how they do!

 

 

Merry Christmas

With the Christmas season well and truly in full swing now, we want to say a huge thank you to everyone who has stopped by to check out this site over the past year. We hope you will have a wonderful holiday, and just to say thanks and to get you in the mood here are a few free apps/books for you to download and have fun with.

 

We will be back shortly after Christmas with plenty more tutorials so keep checking back! In the meantime feel free to add me on Twitter for updates on free apps, news, and general chat!

 

These festive apps should keep you amused for a while, until we return! 

 

 

 

 

 

ElfYourself by OfficeMax - Magic Mirror LLC This App allows you to "Elf" yourself to personalise some video. You can add up to 5 pictures of either yourself or family/friends and then share away.

 

 

The Snowman and The Snowdog - Channel 4The Snowman and the Snowdog game sees you take flight with the characters, looking to collect various items as you pass through the levels of the game, before making your flight to the North Pole.

 

 


Pocket Snow Storm! A Virtual Reality Blizzard! (White Christmas Edition!) - Robert Bennett If it doesn't get to snow where you are (here's hoping) but you still want a White Xmas, this app allows you to make it snow anywhere! Take a snapshot and share with friends.

 

Where is Santa Lite - Santa Tracker - Super Kiddo Studio If every Parcel company in the world allows you to track your delivery, so can Santa. Keeps an up to date location tracker on Santa on the big night, but be careful to get to bed early so that you can help him keep to his schedule!

 

 

iTunes - 12 Days of Christmas - iTunesFrom 26 December – 6 January, you can download one free gift every day—songs, apps, books, films and more—when you get the iTunes 12 Days of Christmas app. Each day's gift will only be available for download for 24 hours, so get Apple's 12 Days of Christmas app to make sure you don’t miss out! 

 

 

A Christmas Carol - Charles DickensWho doesn't love a Classic book at Christmas. The iBookstore is packed with classics from yesteryear and what better book to download than this!

 

 

 

 

 

Les Misérables: The Musical Phenomenon - NBC UniversalOne of the most anticipated films of early January have released this free iBook for you to enjoy over the Christmas season. Get behind the scenes access with some special preview clips from the film. This is like getting an amazing souvenir programme when you go to see a show at the theatre! A must for all fans!

The Poetry App

The Poetry App - Josephine Hart Poetry Foundation

The Poetry App, brought to you by the Josephine Hart Foundation, puts 115 poems from 16 of the worlds greatest poets in the palm of your hand. This app plays very nicely, and from the crackling fireplace of the library you can explore a cosmos of authors. 

 

You can read the text yourself, or have one of the 30 well known faces, read the poem to you. There are hidden features throughout this app, for you to find. 

 

You can also, write and record your own poetry, inspired by your favourite authors. 

 

Shakespeare in Bits

Shakespeare In Bits - Mindconnex Learning Ltd.

 

Continuing with our Irish apps, this app is a study guide, a text book, a translator and animation all rolled into one. It quite simply brings some of the Bard's greatest works to life, with plenty of resources to help any discerning scholar understand the text.

 

Study notes are provided for each scene along with key themes, language, and imagery. You can take your own notes in the app itself. 

 

PS Touch

Adobe Photoshop Touch - Adobe Systems Incorporated

Transform images with core Adobe® Photoshop® features in an app designed for tablets. 

Combine images, apply professional effects, share results with friends and family through sites like Facebook, and more – all from the convenience of your iPad.

• Use popular Photoshop features designed for the tablet such as layers, selection tools, adjustments, and filters to create mind-blowing images.  
• Use your iPad camera to fill an area on a layer with the unique camera fill feature.
• Select part of an image to extract by scribbling with the Scribble Selection tool. With Refine Edge, use your fingertip to capture even hard-to-select image elements, like hair, with ease. 
• Search and acquire images with the integrated Google Image Search. 
• Share images on Facebook and view comments right within the app.
• Browse an inspirational gallery for the styles and results you'd like to achieve. Then follow step-by-step tutorials to easily learn techniques the pros use for great-looking results.
• Use AirPrint for wireless printing of Photoshop Touch projects.
• Upload projects to Adobe Creative Cloud* and open layered files from Adobe Photoshop Touch in Photoshop CS5.
• Maximum image resolution: 1600 x 1600 pixels

 

 

Kids Opedia

KIDS Opedia (Learn, Quiz, Report, Analyse) - CrediPoint Solutions

KIDS Opedia is an engaging & addictive App built for children to entertain, educate, and help them learn. As the name suggests it is a complete encyclopedia for kids.

It is designed such that it engages and entertains the Kids using various multimedia elements such as sound, text, images, animations, and quizzes.

While most of the apps for kids focus only on the learning aspects, we at CrediPoint have taken this concept further to provide a holistic learning experience. This application uses the best practices applied in educational games including the L-A-R-A ( Learn – Assess – Report – Analyse ) Model. This application is not only meant to teach kids but allows them to test their knowledge through variety of quizzes. It further allows the parents / guardians to view the Quiz reports and analyse their kids progress.

The quizzes used in this app are stress free and do not overload the children. They are presented in a fun and game format. The right / wrong answers and feedback animations encourage the kids to do better and think before they respond.

The reports present a detailed summary such as words, correct / incorrect response, score in points, average time spent on each item, total score etc. The quizzes come in different types and levels. 

Additionally you can configure the quiz by selecting single or multiple categories and randomize items to increase / decrease the complexity and levels depending on your kid’s age and how they progress. 

As a result this application can be used right from Preschool to Kindergarten to School aged kids. The reports are stored and segregated by Date / Time format for future reference.

The analyze feature helps the adults to analyse the kids progress across multiple test and over a period of time. This feature is also helpful in identifying the strong and weak areas of the kid and thus provides focussed and prescriptive training to them.

The full version of KIDS Opedia contains over 25 categories with more than 15 items per category and a total of more than 500 items, 

* Alphabet 
* Numbers
* Animals (Land, Water, Birds)
* Colours
* Shapes
* Vegetables
* Fruits
* Food
* Transport (Land, Water, Air)
* Time
* Nature
* Flowers
* Body Parts
* Time
* Buildings
* Countries and Flags
* Occupation
* Emotions
* Family 
* Sports
* Clothing

Writing Prompts

Writing Prompts - 21x20 Media, Inc.

Writing.Com presents "Writing Prompts", the iPhone app with an endless supply of creative inspiration! Our users LOVE this app and suggest that you read their reviews if you have any doubt about purchasing!

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Our writing prompt generators use current events, scene elements, words, sketches, colors, genres and writing types, unleashing endless random bits of fantasy to fuel your muse. Plus, we've included our database of 600 creative writing prompts so you've got them right at your finger tips, online or off!

Shake your device or swipe across the screen to change prompts. Add the prompts you like best to your favorites and revisit them at any time.

** Five prompt generators: News, Scenes, Sketches, Texts and Words. Store your favorite prompts into the "Fav's" tab by tapping the favorite star on any prompt.

** Includes over 250 scene elements, 400 words, 60 sketches, 10 colors, 80+ genres and more -- all of which generate millions and millions of unique prompts. Add up to 4 additional packs of prompts through in-app purchase. Each pack includes hundreds of new scene elements, 100 sketches and more. Add them all you'll have literally billions of possible prompts.

** Includes 600 text prompts. This assortment of phrases, quotes, writing exercises, story openers and much more will help jump start your writing muse.

** Store an unlimited number of prompts in your "Favorite Prompts". Quickly swipe back and forth to page through them.

Wheels on the Bus

Wheels on the Bus HD - Duck Duck Moose

The award-winning Wheels on the Bus is now available for the iPad! 
★ 2010 Parents’ Choice Gold Award winner - Parents’ Choice Foundation
★ Winner of "Best Children's App” KAPi Award - 2010 International CES
★ Editor’s Choice Award for Excellence in Design - Children’s Technology Review
“This award is given to only the highest quality children’s products in the interactive media category. These are ‘no fail’ products, worthy of their cost, and able to keep children engaged for days at a time.”

Featured in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, USA Today, San Francisco Chronicle, Gizmodo, Discovery Channel, MSNBC.com, Wired.com, Daily Candy

One of the “best iPhone apps for kids”
-- New York Times

“Wheels on the Bus is everything one could look for in a children's application. With its great artwork, music, sound effects and interactivity, it is sure to be a great addition to any mother's collection. Definitely pick it up!”
-- AppVee review: 4.4 stars out of 5

“Great educational tool”
-- 148Apps review: 5 stars out of 5

“This one has it all: great sound, art and interactivity.”
-- USA Today: 5 stars out of 5