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.

Keyboard extensions

  

With new Keyboard extensions you can plug in keyboards from other apps and use them across a range of other apps. This allows a user to unlock the power of some impressive Keyboards and use them in their favourite apps. One such Keyboard extension is Lowercase.

Lowercase Keyboard is a custom keyboard that uses both lowercase and uppercase letters, as well as a simplified set of numbers and special characters. The keyboard has been designed with primary students in mind.  

Lowercase Keyboard follows the layout of the default keyboard closely so it is easy to use. The font of the Lowercase Keyboard is "OpenDyslexic" which has been created to increase readability for readers with dyslexia. 

 

Another useful keyboad extension comes from Assistiveware, and is called Keedogo/Keeble. Which is available in 3 versions. Keedogo for students just learning to read, write and type. Keedogo Plus, which includes Automatic Captialisation and word prediction. While, Keeble is an iOS keyboard that allows users with fine motor-challenges, switch users and users with vision impairments to type in any app.

 

The keyboard provides a simplified layout with just the essential keys so early writers can focus only developing their skills rather than being distracted by symbols and functions they don’t yet need.

Keedogo offers the possibility to choose a QWERTY or ABC layout. Featuring lowercase letters and color-coded vowels, learning has never been easier. Keedogo can be used in any app as an alternative to the standard iOS keyboard.


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!

 

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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GamePress - Create your own Games for the iPad

 

 

 

Have you ever wanted to create your own games? The Gaming industry is huge so this is a great app that allows you to create games for your iPad, without the need to understand Coding or anything complex.
This brief tutorial will have you creating a game in minutes, and before long you will be able to recreate your favourite games similar to Angry Birds to Mario Bros. You can also download other peoples games and explore how they were created before you edit them yourself and tweek them to make the games that you want!
Before you know it, you will be as addicted to creating the games as you would be playing them!
Make use of GamePress to teach students about logic, engineering, maths and science. Or simply to put your kids pictures into the games!

 

 

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.

My Script Memo

MyScript Memo - Vision Objects

 

If you were impressed by the recent demo of MyScript Calculator this may be of interest to you. From the same team, this app will convert your handwriting into text, for you to send as an email, SMS, or simply to use in any other app.

 

You can import pictures from your camera roll and annotate to then export as an image again to be used in another app.

 

The app supports a number of different languages, and converts the text using MyScripts online servers (you can convert from your device by upgrading)

Count to 10 Numbers Game

Count To Ten - Numbers Game - BidBox LLC

Count to 10 in 10 languages!

Here is your chance to learn to identify the numbers from 1 to 10 in ten languages. You should be able to recognize all numbers after playing each language just a few times. This game let's you identify numbers in English, Spanish, French, Italian, German, Portuguese, Russian, Chinese, Japanese and Turkish

For extra fun: pass on your iPhone/iPad to the person sitting next to you and challenge them to beat you in the language of your choice.

Essential Spanish

AccelaStudy® Spanish | 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 Spanish words quickly, easily, and permanently with AccelaStudy. 

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

Essentials - French

AccelaStudy® French | 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 French words quickly, easily, and permanently with AccelaStudy.

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.

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.