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.


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!

 

Explore with this 3D interactive globe

 

An app that's easy to use, full of information and looks good too. Earth 101 for iPad, gives you an interactive 3D globe that is extremely visual as well as informative.

 

There are over 1100 geographic objects, and 250 wonders of the world to discover. You can view weather information, geographic maps and political maps. Single taps of your finger will reveal further information about labelled locations .

 

 

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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Everybody walk the dinosaur

 

"Open the door, Get on the Floor, Everybody walk the Dinosaur..." You know how the song goes! This app isn't about 80's nostalgia but it does allow you to go back in time and explore the globe in it's Proterozoic, Jurassic, Triassic and modern day states - with over 500 species to discover.

 

The app is beautifully animated, with billions of years covered. There's enough information in here to keep you entertained and informed for a while, and it also links you to further information through Wikipedia- on each of the species covered. 

 

There are more than just dinosaurs covered and it's fascinating to see the evolution of the planet and it's continents over the years. 

Frog Dissection without the mess

It's pretty obvious from the title what this app is about, but there is a lot more to 'Frog Dissection'. With impressive 3D graphics, videos and other nuggets of fun - this app has loads to offer on our green friends. Learn the differences between Frogs and Toads, compare how Frogs differ to Humans and when you are finsihed exploring the information, perhaps, you could do as the title suggest and discover the inner workings of the frog.

 

The app obviously saves you from having to perform an actual dissection, but for the additional information and graphics it worth downloading!

 

Improve your general knowledge with GeoWalk

Discover some handpicked articles on Animals and Plants, History, People and Inventions. This intuitive and informative app, is packed full of interesting articles on over 500 subjects. Test your general knowledge with the built in Quiz, or just let your fingers do the exploring through flash cards or throughout the globe. 

 

 

Content is downloaded with the app, so no internet connection is required to enjoy the app once it is downloaded. 

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!

 

Know your Ireland/Europe

 

 

An Irish app focussing on Irish Curriculum Primary Geography. This app may be familiar to teachers who have used the PC version of the Know Your Ireland already. 
The app is very simply laid out and covers topics such as Provinces, Towns and Cities, Rivers, Counties and Mountains. You can quiz yourself or your students later once you have explored all of the content in this app!

 

 

Focus on Plant

Focus on Plant - Touchapp.co.uk

 

Focus on Plant is a nice and detailed app that allows a student/teacher to examine Plant Biology. 

 

Covering Plant Structures, Plant Cells, Physiology and Life cycle in detail, users can delve deeper into each section to reveal more detail along with animation. It has an impressive Auditory Glossary so you can get some assistance with pronouncing scientific terms.

 

Useful for Biology Teachers, students or anyone with a general interest in botany. 

Quickmath

Sakura Quick Math - Shiny Things

 

Try and solve math problems as fast as you can to beat your personal best. Quick Math is a great game app that will keep young and old brain's ticking!

 

It has a handwriting recognition feature, which allows you to jot down your answer directly on the iPad screen. You can choose from game types and levels. The game will remember your personal best and you can set up multiple player profiles so it is useful for teachers using a singular iPad in a classroom. 

Soundbrush

SoundBrush - LeafNotes Inc.

 

An app that will appeal to both the musician and artist in you. Soundbrush allows you to draw to create music. You have a selection of instruments to draw for piano, strings, flute and synth. 

 

To create you draw on the screen. Double tap a line to delete it. You will need two fingers to scroll. 

 

Once you have completed your masterpiece you can export it to Soundcloud.

Puppet Workshop

Puppet Workshop - Creativity App for Kids - Lite - Sebastian Bachorzewski

 

A fun and colourful app that will have your student/child exploring their creative side. Make sock and glove puppets, and save them to your camera roll to be used in other apps later for storytelling!

 

This app is designed to ensure there are no banner ads, data collection or social media links so it can be used in safety and without distraction.

Common Sense - courses on Digital Citizenship

 

Social media and Digital citizenship are hot topics at present. These courses, available through iTunes U, will give you handouts, videos, and also some suggested app to equip you to effectively approach these topics with your students.

 

The range of courses are extensive and cover topics like Cyberbullying, Copyright, Online Identitay and Digital Citizenship to name a few. 

Ooops - Order of Operations Game

Ooops - Solla Carrock

 

How well do you know your BODMAS? Ooops or Order of Operations game tests just that. By presenting as an instructional game students need to figure out how to make the equations true.

 

This game is more addictive than it looks at first. You can sign multiple players into the one device if you are using a single iPad, and keep track of their "scores". You can increase and decrease the difficulty level easily.