Three Apps to Get Kids Creating - Beginner Edition

Over the weekend, I saw a great infographic that succinctly represents Bloom's Taxonomy in Digital form.  According to the infographic "Bloom's Digital Taxonomy Verbs" creating is about: "putting elements together to form a functional whole, and reorganizing elements into a new pattern or structure by planning or producing." 
The iPad apps featured below are some great ways to inspire creating and sharing.  Even if you're new to using iPads with your class, one of these free tools will likely be something you can easily add to your teaching toolbox. 

Draw and Tell

The Draw and Tell app by Duck, Duck, Moose is an easy to use app that can be used for a variety of activities.  See an overview of the app here:

Draw and Tell Tools
Students of all ages, with some practice, will easily pick up on the menu options which are represented in visual format, with additional customization options along the bottom of the screen. 

The record feature counts students in so they know when to begin their recordings, and provides them with the ability to record narration, thinking, and reflection to share. 

Three Ideas for Use
  • Whiteboarding - use the app as a simple whiteboard for students to practice letters or math problems or as a brainstorming tool.  Students can make fast use of the writing paper template and the graph paper, save their work and share.
  • Annotating & recording narration over images of documents - students can snap pictures of handouts to annotate or work they have done with paper and pencil and record reflections about their process or narrate their steps or thinking.
  • Writing -students can use the app for all kinds of writing projects.  
    • Creative writing - create different scenes for the beginning, middle and end of a story, record narration and then put the pieces together into a movie
    • How to writing - take pictures, create annotations and record steps of a 
    • Key Details & Main Idea - take pictures of important evidence from a text and record their thoughts to discuss main idea with support from the text 
    • Retell key events - take pictures from a story and retell the key events

Chatterpix Kids

Chatterpix Kids is a video creation tool that allows students to snap a picture, draw a line and make that picture come alive with their own 30 second voice recordings.  They can really get creative by adding filters, borders and stickers to their creation.

See an overview of how it works here:

Three Ideas for Use
  •  "Have Some Serious Classroom Fun with the Chatterpix App" details a number of ideas that you might get a kick out of from seasonal activities to bringing your artwork to life.  For sure check out the article for more inspiration.
  • 30 Second Book Talks - have students take a snapshot of the cover of their favorite book and share reasons other kids should read it (a great opinion piece idea as well) Check out the example of one that included multiple chatterpix videos combined in iMovie:

  • Letter sounds - have students record their own letter sounds as reminders.  Check out this example from Mrs. Mills Kindergarten class:


PicCollage Kids

PicCollage Kids is an excellent photo collage app that can be used for a variety of purposes.  The built in web search feature is helpful in allowing students to find pictures they need and the font and sticker selection makes for a visually appealing product.   See an overview of how it works here:

 Three Ideas for Use

  • Comic Strips - using the grid feature, students can organize selected photos (or pictures of drawings) into comic strips and insert sticker of speech bubbles and typed text to create comic strips of content or as a writing exercise
  • How To/Key Idea Posters - students can collect images for a how to process or take pictures of text/images that demonstrate key ideas of a text.  Check out this example made by one of Mrs. Klei's first graders:
With these simple to use apps, you can have your students engaging in higher order Bloom's Taxonomy skills with little effort. When preparing for lessons, take into consideration that you will need to leave a little time for letting students explore and learn how to use it. Consider using the how to videos shared here to show kids how to use the apps, or assign time to play with the apps for homework and let students teach each other tips and tricks.


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