Yeah. Awe-inspiring may be a bit much. But these six iPad apps are very cool and provide some sweet tools for creating digital stories.
Gathering data and working with others to solve problems is an important part of the Inquiry Arc suggested by the new NCSS College, Career, and Civic Life Framework. But successful citizens also need to be skilled creators of new products and ideas. These sorts of practical tools provide an outlet for your students’ creative process.
So grab one or two, hand them off to your students, and get ready to be awed.
Flowboard is a storytelling and presentation app that allows anyone to make side-scrolling publications with images, text, videos, PDFs, links, and photo galleries. Whether you have a story to tell, an idea to share, or a presentation to give, Flowboard allows you to create & present right from your iPad, or share to any device. Flowboards are fun, stylish, and entertaining. And it’s free.
Haiku Deck is the simple new way to create inspired presentations – whether you’re pitching an idea, teaching a lesson, or telling a story. The app offers beautifully designed templates and has tons of resourcs – including more than 35 million free photos available under a Creative Commons license – to help kids craft a good-looking presentation in a short period of time.
Strip Designer will let your students impress their friends with their own personal comic strips, created using photos from your photo album or iPhone camera. Select one of the many included page templates. Insert photos into the cells. Add a couple of balloons with fun words. Add additional effect stickers to spice up the story. Once they’ve finished their masterpiece, students can save it to their photo album, email it to friends, upload it to Facebook or Flickr, or create a tweet with Twitter.
Our Story is designed for younger kids. Reading, even in the digital age, is probably one of the most important skills that children acquire. It can be an important source of pleasure which also develops vital language and social skills. It is fundamental to most school activities, it can also open up new worlds and give access to the wealth of human knowledge. This app that has been developed by child psychologists and other specialists at The Open University enables young children to take part in fun games which can help develop interests and skills that will be relevant to them when they start to read.
Inkflow works like a word-processor for visual thinking. Capture your ideas as easily as with pen and paper, then arrange and reorganize them with your fingers! The app feels like a really smooth fountain pen. Great for expressive writing or sketching. Effortlessly scale or move anything you select, literally move your thoughts around the page, and assemble big ideas with your fingers. This works great for brainstorming and planning. It’s also perfect for prototyping layouts, sketching, and drawing.
Scribble Press for iPad is a book creation platform that allows kids to create and share their own stories with hundreds of great drawing and writing tools. Download your books instantly to your iBooks library! Scribble Press for iPad makes it easy to create an ebook – either write your own or use one of over 50 story templates. From serious to seriously fun, you can make a book about any topic and instantly publish to the gallery or share with friends anywhere in the world.