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Artkive

Now that it is summer, you may want to create a digital book of your child’s latest year in school. You can use Artkive, a productivity app, to do so. You may have heard of  this app because it has been featured on THE TODAY SHOW and in Real Simple magazine.

Artkive makes it easy to digitally store, share, and print your children’s artwork/schoolwork. Originally released on August 11, 2012  – this app for the iPhone/iPad is FREE again. It is very easy to use…. First you create an account. Then enter the first names of your children. Take photos of their artwork/schoolwork or upload existing photos from your camera roll. Tag the photo with a child’s name, age or grade, the date, and a title. So simple! You can then share their art with family & friends. You will also be able to have Artkive create digital books & other products using your child’s artwork/schoolwork. You can even order a few holiday presents while you’re at it. 🙂 Artkive makes it easy to collect, store, and share your children’s artwork.

What a great idea! As a parent, you can use it to create books for your children, of any age. I plan to make gift books for my adult children of the art/work that I have saved for years – yay, no more clutter!! As a teacher, you could use it to create digital portfolios of children’s work. Lots of possibilities with this one…. try it yourself while it is free!

To learn more @ http://www.artkiveapp.com/

Artkive - The Kive Company

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Shadow Puppet

Shadow Puppet

Use the power of this app to create a unique Father’s Day tribute or greeting!!

Fabulous and FREE – Shadow Puppet is a photography app which has been featured by Apple as a Best New Apps. Using this app, it’s easy to create “puppets” – recorded explanations of your photos. First you choose your photos and put them in the order. Then you talk about your pictures. Everything is recorded. Finished “puppets” can be shared via email, SMS, Facebook and/or Twitter. There are so many ways for everyone to use Shadow Puppet: to teach something new, to share adventures with friends, to record children talking about their experiences, to tell the story behind old family photos, etc.

Recent updates have added many new features. Now you can include video clips, add music, search the web for images, overlay text/stickers, and more! The FREE version of the app permits you to include up to 10 photos/video clips. For $1.99 you can get Puppet Essentials which allows you to add up to 100 items to each video and have access to more drawing & decorating tools. The update made this great app even better!

The classroom uses for this app are only limited by your imagination: Take pictures of a child’s work and have him/her explain it to parents. Send pictures and voice recordings of the class field trip. Have kids give a step-by-step explanation of what happened in a science experiment. Draw & sequence pictures to retell a story. Make a “talking timeline” by sequencing photos of historical events. Have kids use it to present mini reports on any subject. Have virtual “pet day” – kids bring in pictures/recordings of their pets. Because you can use anything saved to your photo library, you can explain photos from the web, artwork created in other apps, and so much more. The possibilities for using this educational app are endless. For more suggestions go to http://get-puppet.com/education. What a fabulous resource!!

Download link: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/shadow-puppet/id700902833?mt=8&uo=4

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Poetics – create, write and share visual poetry

poeticsPoetics – create, write and share visual poetry, is FREE until the end of May. Writing visual poetry is easy with Poetics. The app combines photographic imagery and moveable text. Just choose a picture from your camera roll and write how it makes you feel – a word, a caption, or a poem. Or you can write a poem then search for the perfect image to accompany it. Words can be scaled, rotated, etc. as they are placed on the page. The app saves each project as it is being created. Finished poetry can be shared on Instagram, Facebook, postcards, and more. Kids could use Poetics to create and share postcards or journal entries of their summer activities. How fun!!

Direct Link https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/poetics-create-write-share/id543995959?mt=8&uo=6&at=&ct=

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Shadow Puppet

Shadow Puppet

Use the power of this app to create a unique Mother’s Day tribute or greeting!!

Fabulous and FREE – Shadow Puppet is a photography app which has been featured by Apple as a Best New Apps. Using this app, it’s easy to create “puppets” – recorded explanations of your photos. First you choose your photos and put them in the order. Then you talk about your pictures. Everything is recorded. Finished “puppets” can be shared via email, SMS, Facebook and/or Twitter. There are so many ways for everyone to use Shadow Puppet: to teach something new, to share adventures with friends, to record children talking about their experiences, to tell the story behind old family photos, etc.

Recent updates have added many new features. Now you can include video clips, add music, search the web for images, overlay text/stickers, and more! The FREE version of the app permits you to include up to 10 photos/video clips. For $1.99 you can get Puppet Essentials which allows you to add up to 100 items to each video and have access to more drawing & decorating tools. The update made this great app even better!

The classroom uses for this app are only limited by your imagination: Take pictures of a child’s work and have him/her explain it to parents. Send pictures and voice recordings of the class field trip. Have kids give a step-by-step explanation of what happened in a science experiment. Draw & sequence pictures to retell a story. Make a “talking timeline” by sequencing photos of historical events. Have kids use it to present mini reports on any subject. Have virtual “pet day” – kids bring in pictures/recordings of their pets. Because you can use anything saved to your photo library, you can explain photos from the web, artwork created in other apps, and so much more. The possibilities for using this educational app are endless. For more suggestions go to http://get-puppet.com/education. What a fabulous resource!!

Download link: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/shadow-puppet/id700902833?mt=8&uo=4

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iScanner

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FREE today – the FULL version of iScanner, an app that turns your iPhone or iPad into a document scanner. If you are looking to create digital portfolios for your students, you may want to add iScanner to your teacher toolbox. The app uses your device’s camera to scan documents: tests, drawings, notes, whiteboards, etc. You can then save them into individual student folders. Image recognition takes place on your device without an internet connection so that your documents remain private. You can set a passcode to further protect the privacy of your documents. Scans can be stored as multiple page PDF or JPEG files, synced between devices, and connected to your DropBox, Evernote or Google accounts. Scans can also be shared by email and/or printed. This app would be great for organizing student information to share at parent/teacher conferences, IEP meeting, etc. Get digitally organized with this app!

Download link: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/iscanner-quickly-scan-multipage/id798658092?mt=8&uo=4

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Khan Academy

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A fabulous educational app just got better!!

Khan Academy is an amazing FREE educational app! Whoever said the best things in life are FREE was absolutely correct. With Khan Academy students can learn almost anything and the app is completely FREE! It has a library of over 5,000 videos which covers a wide range of subjects such as K – 12 math, biology, chemistry, the humanities, and more. And now, Khan Academy‘s iPad app includes over 150,000 interactive, Common Core aligned math exercises with instant feedback and step-by-step hints. Kids can review what they are learning in school or practice at their own pace.

With Khan Academy, anyone can review a subject that they have already studied or they can choose to learn something completely new! Videos can be watched online or downloaded to watch offline. All videos are subtitled so that students can read along, skip ahead, or go back. If students log in to their Khan Academy account, they can track their progress. The app gives credit for watching the videos and allows students to see their achievements. Badges and points are earned for learning. Teachers can access their students’ data – as a class or individually. Khan Academy is an incredible resource for all kinds of learners – students, teachers, principals, home-schoolers, adults returning to school, and lifelong learners. It is truly one of the best educational apps available – at any price!

Khan Academy - Khan Academy

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Stage Pro

stage proFREE until January 11 – Stage Pro: Interactive Whiteboard and Document Camera, a teaching/demonstration tool for students and teachers. Stage Pro uses the iPad camera to display live videos, textbooks, student work, imported PDFs, etc. You can also use images from your photo library or the app’s free backgrounds: whiteboard, blackboard, graph paper, music, ruled, maps. Once your content is displayed, you can: sketch on it, take notes, add labels, etc. There’s even a laser pointer for you to use. Saving your work is easy with Stage Pro. With one click, you can take a screen shot that is saved to your photo library. You can also easily create video recordings with the ability to pause, resume, and/or save. Saved videos can be moved from your photo library into programs such as iMovie. There are so many ways you could use this app for classroom sharing. Pairing Stage Pro with Airplay gives you the flexibility to move around the classroom and get all of your students involved. Save $4.99 and check out Stage Pro while it’s FREE!

Download link: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/stage-pro-interactive-whiteboard/id714477455?mt=8&uo=4

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Paper Camera

Paper Camera

FREE again – Paper Camera, an app that permits you to add special effects to your photos as you are taking the picture. Just open the app, choose camera or video, then choose one of the 12 special effects – comic boom, sketch up, acquarello, old printer, con tours, neon cola, bleaching, gotham noir, half ton, granny’s paper, pastel perfect, andy pop, etc. The effects are applied to your photo as you make the shot! You can point you camera at a scene and toggle between effects to decide which one to use. The app also permits you to “paper-ize” existing photos from your photo library/camera roll. There have been a few updates since I originally reviewed the app. It looks like there are several in-app purchases and the developers have introduced an optional subscription service. Try the app while it’s free then decide if you want more features or to subscribe.

This app could be used in a variety of educational settings. Video your kids using the cartoon mode – instant cartoon! Add special effects to digital artwork. Create invitations using the andy mode. Make posters using the hope mode. The list goes on… get creative!

Paper Camera - JFDP Labs Limited

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Stick Around by Tony Vincent & MorrisCooke

stick aroundFREE today – Stick Around by Tony Vincent & MorrisCooke, an educational app that enables you to design and share your own learning puzzles. The app comes with eight puzzles: parts of speech, water cycle, rock categorizing, cell biology, states, ordering decimals, planets, and Mount Rushmore.  Play with them to discover how app works. Then start thinking of how the app might be utilized for the subjects that you teach. Stick Around is open-ended & suited for all levels of learning.

Puzzles are created in 3 easy steps: make a background, add stickers with text or images, make an answer key. Audio instructions and/or a timer can also be included. The app features several templates to get your started: Venn diagram, two columns, definitions, grid, sequencing, smallest to largest, largest to smallest, and timeline. Or, you can start with a blank page and create your own background. You can also import projects made with Explain Everything™ and turn them into puzzles. Finished projects can be exported to Dropbox, GDrive, WebDAV & email for sharing. Want to see how your students did? Have them take a screen shot of their completed puzzle. The app tracks the time and number of attempts. LOVE this app – you can tell it was developed by educators. 🙂

Download link: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/stick-around-by-tony-vincent/id557949353?mt=8&uo=4

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Shadow Puppet

Shadow PuppetThanksgiving is only a few weeks away. Use this app with kids to create and share unique “I Am Thankful” presentations.

Recently updated and still FREE – Shadow Puppet is a photography app which was featured by Apple as a “Best New Apps” about a year ago. Using this app, it’s easy to create “puppets” – recorded explanations of your photos. First you choose your photos and put them in the order. Then you talk about your pictures. Everything is recorded. Finished “puppets” can be shared via email, SMS, Facebook and/or Twitter. There are so many ways for everyone to use Shadow Puppet: to teach something new, to share adventures with friends, to record children talking about their experiences, to tell the story behind old family photos, etc.

The recent updates have added many new features. Now you can include video clips, add music, search the web for images, overlay text/stickers, and more! The FREE version of the app permits you to include up to 10 photos/video clips. For $1.99 you can get Puppet Essentials which allows you to add up to 100 items to each video and have access to more drawing & decorating tools. The update made this great app even better!

The classroom uses for this app are only limited by your imagination: Take pictures of a child’s work and have him/her explain it to parents. Send pictures and voice recordings of the class field trip. Have kids give a step-by-step explanation of what happened in a science experiment. Draw & sequence pictures to retell a story. Make a “talking timeline” by sequencing photos of historical events. Have kids use it to present mini reports on any subject. Have virtual “pet day” – kids bring in pictures/recordings of their pets. Because you can use anything saved to your photo library, you can explain photos from the web, artwork created in other apps, and so much more. The possibilities for using this educational app are endless. For more suggestions go to http://get-puppet.com/education. What a fabulous resource!!

Download link: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/shadow-puppet/id700902833?mt=8&uo=4