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The 7 best places for finding iOS apps

Some great tips if you own iOS devices!

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I get the chance to spend a lot of my time working with Apple products and how they can be integrated into instruction. This means, obviously, I also get the chance to work with lots of educators who are looking for just the right tool and just the right app. And we always memorize together the mantra – “it’s not about the app, it’s about what kids do with the app. It’s not about the app, it’s about what kids do with the app.”

But there is still a need to know what sorts of things are out there. So today, seven of my favorite places to go to find just the right tool for what you want kids to do.

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Why App Smash?

Some more great info from iPad Wells! App Smashing is one of the most important elements not only with iPads, but all technological tools. We can no longer rely on a single app to achieve the final result!

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Inspired by the last #1to1iPadChat , I thought it was time to post on the world craze that is App Smashing. The term App Smash was coined by the great Greg Kulowiec (@gregkulowiec) from EdTech Teacher fame. It is a hot topic in EdTech and obviously has its own Hashtag – #AppSmash.

What is an App Smash?

Content created in one app transferred to and enhanced by a second app and sometimes third. Preferably the final product is then published to the web – remember, digital presence is the new résumé (CV).

Reasons to App Smash:

  1. It demands creative thinking
  2. It demands more from the technology (value for money)
  3. It turns the issue of not having a ‘wonder app’ into a positive
  4. It removes any restrictions to take a topic as far as it can be taken.
  5. It often results in more engaging learning products
  6. It’s a fun challenge for…

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Drawp for School: Unleashing Students’ Creativity

Drawp Sharing Screen Shot

Drawp Sharing Screen Shot

The next session I’m attending is given by an alumna of my institution, Ransom Everglades School, Ana Albir. She is presenting on the iPad Application, Drawp (Free). Drawp for School is an app that has been in development for seven months and drawn out of the previous app, Drawp for Families ($4.99).

The nice feature of Drawp is that it allows young children to share content without the need of an email address (an issue for students under 13 years old).

Why Drawp?

Students like to share their work and the ubiquity of tablets makes a new arena of creation and sharing. A drawing or project on an iPad can’t easily be sent home at the end of the day. Additionally, getting content off of a tablet and distributing it to a teacher can be problematic (especially if schools don’t have email addresses for those particular students or a cloud based solution such as Google Drive). Additionally, in the export process you often lose the ability to edit content. With a 1:1 environment, this can often be fine. However, if you’re in a shared cart model (as many schools are) then you lose the ability to give lengthier assignments that include the revision process (a key element in projects). These necessary processes, then, mean that technology “gets in the way” of learning. The objective of Drawp is to get rid of the impediments and facilitate learning.

Drawp with "voice stickers" attached.

Drawp with “voice stickers” attached.

So Drawp is a creativity tool, with a built-in sharing platform, and an automatic workflow management system for teachers. Drawp integrates with Google Drive, DropBox, and the camera roll. You can then annotate and even attach “voice stickers.” The Voice Stickers are my favorite feature as they allow you to record audio and attach it to a specific part of the image. Additionally, everything created on Drawp is backed up on Drawp’s cloud servers. It’s automatically saved and not dependent on the iPad’s local memory. If you have a system that wipes iPads after each use or can’t guarantee students the same iPad (both consistent issues on shared iPad cart models), the content is there and doesn’t have to be reloaded. Also, it’s fully editable! Very cool. If a student wants to share content with a family member, it can go as a text message to the parents. It’s important to note that sharing is asynchronous, so students cannot collaborate live. This may be something that comes in the future. However, the developer may add synchronous sharing in the future.

Teacher Workflow

Teacher Workflow

You can also type information embedded via metadata so that it doesn’t cover up the drawing. Students can use this feature to explain their drawing or to receive feedback from peers or teachers. The teacher dashboard is well organized and easy to navigate. It is sorted by class, assignment, and student. This is a nice feature for workflow! Using the teacher dashboard, they can type a comment that will be available immediately to the student. Additionally, the teacher can see what students are sharing with others. This is key to ensure appropriate behavior between students as well as to keep an eye on what they are sharing outside (note that students can only share with their approved sharing list). Additionally, teachers can see progressive data. So if a student shares something inappropriate and then deletes it, you can still see a thumbnail image of it.

In addition to using the set “coloring books” included, you can import your own content. This is great because it means that it moves beyond a coloring app. Chemistry teachers can import the periodic table, geography teachers can include maps of Europe, etc. Because it works with Camera Roll, DropBox, and Google Drive, you can import a variety of content. Right now content is limited to images but they anticipate rolling out PDF compatibility shortly.

To encourage educational objectives, Drawp includes Common Core tips, as well as provides flexible lesson plans for a variety of grade levels and subject. It also seems to be a good tool for blended learning environments.

Ana also highlights that the app is continuing to evolve. In the next four months they will be rolling out an online platform for lessons, an Android compatible App, the ability to export interactive media to blogs, as well as a book creation platform. If you want to play with the app, and download it by February 15 you get unlimited classes for one year ($99 value). After that there are various subscription levels. You can download the app here.

App Smashing!

Greg Kulowiec of EdTechTeacher has put together a great video about App Smashing!

App Smashing from Greg Kulowiec on Vimeo.

If you’re unfamiliar with App Smashing, check out his article on EdTechTeacher as well!

Great Apps to Boost Your Creativity with the iPad

Photo via ChadCooperPhotos on Flikr

Photo via ChadCooperPhotos on Flikr

The iPad is a great device for creativity that is portable and often intuitive to use. Edutopia highlights some apps and tools you can use with your iPad to boost and foster your creativity.

We do not need to teach creativity, but rather inspire its daily practice. Somewhere along the way, we simply forgot to honor this innate gift and how to access its power. Our role as educators is to encourage learning experiences that increase the ability… [read the remainder of the article and see the list of apps here]

2 Great Visual Lists of iPad Apps for Students & Teachers

Educational Technology & Mobile Learning has published two great visuals of iPad apps for educators and students. For great information on how to implement a 1:1 iPa program or the story of how these apps evolved and are used, be sure to read the article here.

For Teachers:

core teacher apps

For Students:

core student apps