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.


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!

 

Gripcase for iPad mini and the GripBase Stand

 

 

If you own an iPad mini, there are possibly particular reasons you were drawn to it - size, lightweight, could fit into smaller hands? If you are giving an iPad mini to slippery fingers you want to make sure it is protected without adding too much additional weight!
Gripcase for iPad mini is the ultimate iPad case for maximum durability, protection and portability. 
It keeps your iPad mini lightweight but fully protected in the most vulnerable parts of your iPad mini. 
A "crumple zone" acts a shock absorber during an impact, and also allows you to get a good half on your device. Ideal for the iPad mini if it's being placed into smaller hands!
The Docking station (compatible with all types of iPad) is a good solid structure, that also has the added benefit of amplifying sound from your iPad mini if placed correctly in the stand. 
Both are available from http://www.gripcase-usa.com
You can also still avail of a Gripcase for the iPad. Check out the review here

 

 

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.

Autism Awareness Month

The month of April is Autism Awareness Month. This month is all about challenging ignorance, prejudice, fear, and hysteria about autism and autistic people. Autism Acceptance Month helps to spread the word that autism is both a neurological disability and a natural part of human diversity. Autistic people are valuable members of our society and should be treated with respect. The good news is that to celebrate this month many Apps are free. The question is always which App is best? Apps are as diverse as the users who download them, so this is a perfect opportunity to try out apps and see if they suit your particular needs. 

 

Below are a list of apps that may appeal. Please feel free to share your favourite on the wall below!

All of the following Apps are FREE. Click on the picture to be brought directly to the app store.

Behaviour BreakthroughsMy Autism DayAutism Activity RoutinesAutism Tracker Lite: Track, analyze and share ASD dailyAutism iHelp – Colors


 

 

 

 

 

 

ABA – Problem Solving – What does not belong?

Autism iHelp – Language ConceptsABA Flash Cards – AnimalsAutism iHelp – SortingAutism Emotion

 

 

 

 

 

 

Picture Card Maker - For Communication and More!Autism iHelp – WH QuestionsTapToTalk™Autism Apps

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

For a list of even more apps based on Bloom's Taxonomy, click here. (Developed by Mark Coppin)

 

Why not post your favourite on the wall, which can be shared with others using this link: http://padlet.com/wall/autismapps

 

 

 

 

 


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)

Assistive Touch

Assistive Touch on the iPad is an inbuilt accessibilty feature designed for those with physical impairments who may find traditional gestures and commands difficult. This can include people who have limited mobility in their hands and fingers or people who use assistive devices such as a stylus or head pointer. You can access all of the features of the physical buttons in the device, like volume control, screen rotation, mute, and also the shake function which allows you to undo any work. 

 

You can customise your own gestures, as well as accessing multitouch features of the iPad using single touches, all of which can be accessed using a floating button.

Now what?

Now What - Richard Humphrey

 

A task/schedule app that was designed specifically for people who need help with transitions and knowing what comes next in their day.

Particularly useful for those with Aspergers, ASD, APHD, or SPD. It uses the current time to show what even should be happening now, what event is next and how long until the next event. Very easy to use with little to distract.

 

You can also lock each day so that it cannot be edited by your child/student and they can only view the schedule for the day. 

Dyslexia Quest

Dyslexia Quest - Nessy

Climb the mountain and play the yeti games. Each game will test memory and learning skills. The Yeti Master will explain signs of dyslexia.

• 6 games that each develop a different learning ability
• Email your results to those that need to know
• Suggests how to make better use of your learning strengths
• Explains what difficulties you will experience and where you have a weakness
• 3 different paths up the mountain encourage you to replay games and improve your skills
• Can you collect all 18 yetis?

The games are designed to assess working memory, phonological awareness, processing speed, visual memory, auditory memory and sequencing skills. Dyslexia Quest has been developed, researched and tested at the Bristol Dyslexia Centre.

Behavior Breakthrough

Behavior Breakthroughs - Southwest Research Institute

Training application using simulations and an interactive environment to model and display a child's behavior based on interventions applied by the user. Caregivers learn to effectively implement proven behavioral strategies and techniques using game-based technology. The goal is to provide parents and caregivers with an opportunity to learn and practice reinforcing skills they want to see increase and to use extinction to reduce rates of behaviors they would like to see decrease. To progress, the user will have to master the skills of reinforcement and extinction.

Supports iPhone 3GS or better, iPod Touch 3rd generation or better and iPad devices.

Popplet

Popplet - Notion

Popplet is a platform for your ideas. Popplet's super simple interface allows you to move at the speed of your thoughts. With Popplet you can capture your ideas, sort them visually, and collaborate with others in realtime. Quickly and easily! You can also sign-up for an online account to work on your popplets in any Flash-enabled web browser.