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.

Speaking in tongues? Voice translator

 

 

 

 

This Voice translator app does exactly as it describes. You can speak directly into your iPad and have it translate into a variety of languages. It does rely on understanding what you have to say, so if this becomes and issue you can type what you want it to translate and it will work for you. 

 

Useful for Language teachers, students or just for that weekend break away!

 

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.  

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.

Get your iPad to read different languages

The iPad has some incredible in built functions, which were designed initially for users with accessibility requirements, but which can be used by anyone looking to try and learn new languages. This short guide gives you an insight into how you can 'Train" your iPad to recognise the different languages you are browsing in on Safari, and to get it to read selected text on these sites. 

It essentially allows you to combine to incredibly poweful tools, the fresh content of websites on a daily basis and the inbuilt accessibility features. 

 

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

 

 

iBook Author - A very Special TME Tutorial

 

iBooks Author - Apple

Create and publish amazing Multi-Touch books for iPad.

Now anyone can create stunning iBooks textbooks, cookbooks, history books, picture books, and more for iPad. All you need is an idea and a Mac. Start with one of the Apple-designed templates that feature a wide variety of page layouts. Add your own text and images with drag-and-drop ease. Use Multi-Touch widgets to include interactive photo galleries, movies, Keynote presentations, 3D objects, and more. Preview your book on your iPad at any time. Then submit your finished work to the iBookstore with a few simple steps. And before you know it, you’re a published author.

Apple-designed templates
• Give your book a great beginning with templates that include a choice of page designs with matching fonts, colors, and textures
• Easily customize your book with text and images, create new layouts, and even save a custom template
• Use the Book Navigator to organize your book and add a cover and table of contents

Beautiful text and layouts
• Use a variety of text styles in each template to give your book a rich yet consistent look
• Add text, shapes, charts, tables, and media anywhere on the page
• Import a chapter written in Pages or Microsoft Word and apply a great-looking layout from your current template
• Add any word to the glossary with a single click and easily include photos, images, charts, tables, and shapes next to any definition
• Automatically create a portrait view of your book, which allows readers to focus on the text

AudioTorium

Audiotorium Notes - Secure Text & Audio Notes with Dropbox & TextExpander integration. For meetings or school, you want this app! - App Apps, LLC

The best note taking app on the iPad has just gotten better with iOS5 support! If you take notes, you need this app. A great way to record, organize, review and share your audio and text notes from your meetings, classes, and conferences. With its beautiful interface and unique approach to organizing notes by Category and Subject, you'll always be able to find the notes you want, fast.

Now with rich-text support! Highlight, bold, underline, and create bullets for your notes. Use multiple fonts with multiple colors.

Do you have notes that contain sensitive information? Audiotorium now offers passcode protection to ensure only authorized users can view your notes.

With integrated Dropbox support, your notes will be backed up to the cloud and available instantly, anywhere, to any device with internet. Imagine being able to take notes in your class or meeting and having the notes sitting on your computer by the time you get back to your desk, ready to edit, review and share. Using Audiotorium with Dropbox's desktop app, it's that simple! For more information on Dropbox, go to http://www.dropbox.com.

With integrated TextExpander support, taking notes has never been faster. Instantly insert the date, time, formulas, common phrases or any other text with just a few keystrokes. Perfect for meetings and classes. For more information on TextExpander, go to http://www.smileonmymac.com/TextExpander

QuickOffice Pro HD

Quickoffice® Pro HD - Quickoffice, Inc.

With our iPad-enhanced mobile office solution, you will have full control of creating, editing, formatting, accessing and sharing documents, spreadsheets, and presentations. Our Connected File Manager also enables you to remotely access, transfer, share and manage your files on MobileMe, Dropbox, Google® Docs, Box, Huddle, SugarSync, Evernote, and Catch. New sharing features allow you to publish your content using Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Yammer, Slideshare, Scribd, and Docstoc. 

Quickoffice SmartTouch™ Technology: 

Power Edit Mode – Easily make edits across entire documents or spreadsheets with our Multi-Edit Toolbox. Quickly format text, numbers, paragraphs, backgrounds, and cells without opening and closing multiple menus. Great for power users and beginners alike. 

Single Screen Viewing – Experience the easiest and most intuitive way to navigate horizontally and vertically through your folders and files, and conveniently review file information within a single-screen view. 

Advanced Touch Control – Enjoy managing your files with our simple–to-use touch, tap, and drag controls in our advanced Connected Filemanager. Scroll in any direction and drag and drop to e-mail, move, copy, and delete files on your iPad or in your remote storage account. 

Smooth Page Scrolling – Amazingly cool, single-touch navigation lets you preview page thumbnails and jump to any page in any size document. 

Book Creator - Amazing for Creating Interactive Books on the iPad and Sharing with your students

Book Creator for iPad - Red Jumper Studio

Description

The simple way to create your own beautiful iBooks, right on the iPad.
Read them in iBooks, send them to your friends, or submit them to the iBookstore.
Ideal for children’s picture books, photo books, art books, cook books, manuals, textbooks, and the list goes on.

★ The no #1 Book app for the iPad in 18 countries
★ "Book Creator makes e-book publishing easy” - wired.com
★ One of the Top 50 Apps for the iPad - The Guardian 2011

Watch the video of Book Creator in action and find out more at www.redjumper.net/bookcreator

Perfect for designers
"What a great tool! It’s sleek, intuitive, and easy. Being able to design a fixed layout picture book right on the iPad makes total sense. Highly recommended." 
- Liz Castro, Author of ‘EPUB Straight to the Point: Creating ebooks for the Apple iPad and other ereaders’

Perfect for the classroom
"My students loved this app. They felt it was so easy to use, that they could open it for the first time and know intuitively what to do. Having it then go to iBooks and create an individual bookshelf was fantastic." 
- Rosey McQuillan, Pre-K-12 Assistive Technology Specialist, Massachusetts
Book Creator is available with Apple’s volume discount for educational institutions.

Perfect for the home
Use Book Creator to create a personalised story for your child, or arrange family pictures and art into a beautiful eBook. Then pass your iPad to your child and watch their imagination run free!

FEATURES

* Quickly add pictures from the Photos app, or grab them from the web, then move and resize them with your fingers.
* Edit text using the onscreen keyboard, and apply rich formatting to make it look great.
* Choose from all of the iPad's fonts - over 50 to use.
* Layout your book exactly as you want it with guidelines and snap positioning.
* A quick tap and you're reading your book in iBooks!
* Send your books to your friends over email, to iTunes on your computer, over Dropbox, or to a WebDav server.
* With your books created using the international ePub standard you know they will be readable now and in the future.
* Full support for iBooks’ fixed layout format, including double page images.
* Includes a Getting Started tutorial plus online support articles at www.redjumper.net/bookcreator
* Upcoming free upgrades will add many more features to Book Creator including audio and video.

 

Explain Everything - A real contender for helping your iPad to replace an Interactive White Board

 

Explain Everything - MorrisCooke

This is a Fantastic App. This has great potential to help those who can not afford an Interactive White Board (IWB) to use their iPads as one instead. A wonderful app, easy to use and emmulates a lot of the core functions of a IWB, which the iPad was missing.

Explain Everything is an easy-to-use design tool that lets you annotate, animate, and narrate explanations and presentations. You can create dynamic interactive lessons, activities, assessments, and tutorials using Explain Everything's flexible and integrated design. Use Explain Everything as an interactive whiteboard using the iPad2 video display.

Explain Everything records on-screen drawing, annotation, object movement and captures audio via the iPad microphone. Import Photos, PDF, PPT, and Keynote from Dropbox, Evernote, Email, iPad photo roll and iPad2 camera. Export MP4 movie files, PNG image files, and share the .XPL project file with others for collaboration.

Explain Everything was designed for use in educational, business, and entertainment settings.

Ranks in iPad / Education category:
* Top 5 in Australia *
* Top 50 in US *
* Top 50 in Canada, Finland, Israel and Netherlands *
* Top 100 in UK, Germany, New Zealand and Poland *

...only a week after release! Thank you!

Rated "New + Notable" in Evernote Trunk:
http://www.evernote.com/about/trunk/

If you like the app, please rate it and review in the App Store. We appreciate it a lot!

Some early reviews:
http://jnxyz.posterous.com/

[…] it not only has this local export feature included, but a raft of others that make it feel like a 2.0 or 3.0 release in comparison to the others I've tried in this genre - like import of PDFs, powerpoint or keynote files, and full Dropbox and Evernote integration. For those like me who use Evernote to 'remember everything', being able to pull in any note I have stored there and annotate over the top, or even record a narration, then export this enhanced note straight back is brilliant. For students, they can import an existing PowerPoint presentation and just draw and highlight over the top of slides, all the while verbally explaining, and export to a movie that encapsulates their understanding much better than the mere slides would.
For educators, it means the option to create video podcasts is now available whenever and wherever we require it.[...]

http://langwitches.org/
[…] The different pieces you draw, type or import become objects that can individually be manipulated (resized, deleted and are treated to be a on a layer that can be send to back, front, etc)
[…] Export features: I am not forced to upload the video file to the company’s site. I have CHOICES! I can export a screenshot of the slide I created to my Photo Roll (this feature is huge for me, since I can now import the movie file directly from here into iMovie on the iPad and make the screencast part of a larger movie), via e-mail, to Dropbox or Evernote. […]

Essentials - German

AccelaStudy® German | English - Renkara Media Group, Inc.

AccelaStudy is the award-winning language education software for iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad that helps you understand and pronounce words in the shortest possible time. Learn new German words quickly, easily, and permanently with AccelaStudy. 

If you like FREE German Essentials by AccelaStudy, learn even more by purchasing AccelaStudy German | English.

Join over 4,000,000 people worldwide who have used AccelaStudy to master a language. Perfect for students, travelers, executives, and anyone who wants to quickly increase their fluency.

• PRONOUNCE each word perfectly after listening to NATIVE SPEAKER audio for all words.

• Fully functional version of AccelaStudy with a useful subset of its 2,400 professional translations
• The vocabulary includes commonly used VERBS
• SPACED REPETITION feature helps you quickly memorize new words
• Automatic STATISTICS help you track your learning progress
• Searchable DICTIONARY of all vocabulary
• Flashcards
• Multiple Choice Quiz
• Audio Quiz
• NEW! Completely HANDS-FREE Audio Auto Advance mode allows you to study vocabulary while driving or jogging

• All text and audio content is contained within the application. No Internet connection is required.