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10 Free iPad Creativity Apps for Young Learners

10 Free iPad Creativity Apps for Young Learners
Teaching our kids to be creative is just as important as teaching them critical thinking skills.Creativity open up students mind to new learning horizons and makes them capable of tackling new and novel situations way better than any explicit instruction would do. We, in Educational Technology and Mobile Learning , strongly believe in the importance of creativity in education and we have dedicated a whole section in this blog to articles covering this topic. We have also reviewed some web tools that teachers can use to integrate creativity in their instruction and today we are going to introduce you to an awesome set of iPad apps that can do the same job but this time for young learners in primary schools. 1- Draw Free for iPad This is a great free iPad app that lets users create beautiful drawings. 2- Pic Collage This is an app that allows you to create awesome collages of your friends and favourite stars using stickers, text, web images and many more. 3- Our Story 4- Scribble Press 7- j2e Related:  Early Childhood iPad Apps

Little Story Maker App: Listening, Reading, Customizing, Personalizing  I am completely impressed with the “Little Story Maker” App by Grasshopper Apps. (Thank you to Karen Lirenman, a first Grade teacher from Surrey, BC, Canada) I happen to visit my little niece in Canada this past week. Sophia is 8 years old and just moved to Canada 6 months ago from Brazil. In the app, we added a story. Then added the title of the story, added a cover image from the photo album and chose the template with the biggest image layout (I hope that a future update will bring more template layouts with multiple images as choices.) We kept adding pages with images and text for each page. The app allows you to have the book read to you, read it by yourself of set it to AutoPlay, which is really nothing new and most children’s book apps have the same feature. Where the customization comes in, is the fact, that you not only can enter you own text, then record your own voice (in any language of course) AND have individual words highlighted as it is being read! Like this: Like Loading...

Top 100 FREE Apps for Kids! Our Top 100 Free Apps for Preschoolers could be more aptly titled "Every Free iPad/iPhone Preschooler App You Need To Know About." Since we started organizing the apps into specific developers, such as Disney or LEGO, the list has grown to 503 free apps. That is, as far as I know (and I would know), the most complete and exhaustive list of free apps anywhere. Everything is ranked by reader interest. Some of these apps include in-app purchases but they are noted, and for an app to make this list, it has to have enough free content to be worth downloading. This time we've also added little notations next to some of the apps to designate which of them are our staff favorites. Thanks again for visiting this page so much and if you have any notes to pass on about any of the apps, or ones we might be missing, please leave a comment. - Ron * Prices were all verified at the time of this posting, but only the app's developer can ultimately control the price. 1) ** Disney (79 apps!) 18) TVOKids (20)

Be Reggio-Inspired: Outdoor Environments Welcome to the third of the series Reggio-Inspired Preschool Environments.Reggio-Inspired Outdoor Environments "The best classroom and the richest cupboard is roofed only by the sky" - Margaret McMillan The principle of environment as the third teacher can - and should - be applied just as readily outside as inside by placing value on aesthetics, organization, thoughtfulness, provocation, communication and interaction. The care and attention we pay to organising space outdoors stimulates children's stimulate imagination, creativity, exploration, discovery, engagement and sense of wonder, as the following images show so beautifully: In the outdoor kitchen, a peg board makes cooking utensils easily accessible; a table cloth adds a welcoming touch Inviting spaces can be created for one or two children:Imaginative touches, colourful plantings and children's artwork: "There is a garden in every childhood, an enchanted place where colours are brighter, the air softer, - Elizabeth Lawrence Over to you.

OT's with Apps | The OT iTool Kit resource – review of apps and resources for OT's working with children and adults. 15 Great Free iPad Apps for Professional Development With the advance of mobile technology into our life, the notion of professional development has been radically reshaped.To grow professionally is no longer limited to a certain geographic setting with a predefined set of resources, we can now learn wherever we are and on the go. No more boundaries and this is certainly one of the biggest advantages in embracing this kind of technology. To expand this professional development notion to your iPad , I have compiled a list of some of the best free apps that you as a teacher and educator, can install on your iOS device. The list is not exhaustive and there might be other important apps not mentioned here but the ones below are a great stepping stone into the world of self learning. Check them out. 1- Twitter This is Twitter official app that lets you follow your interests, instant updates from your friends, and many more. 2- Skype 3- Google Voice 4- Hey Tell This is an awesome iOS app that lets users instantly talk with friends and family. 6- Zite - Creative Classroom - Home Moderator: Irene Pateraki, Greece eTwinning projects are ideal means to promote student’s creativity. Many teachers have already done a lot in this field. The “Creative Classroom” group is created to support teachers towards this direction: implementing creativity in everyday teaching and eTwinning projects in an effective and professional way. Teachers in this community will learn more about creative thinking, techniques, activities, games etc. To become a member of this group, please complete the following application form.

Intriguing Apps for Learning Using mobile technology like tablets, e-readers, and cell phones to extend education is a great way to get children learning on the go. There are so many apps to choose from that sometimes it makes the task of looking for good apps for children a bit daunting. Here are a few intriguing apps, educational, interactive, apps that will engage your children in active learning. Smash Your Food Smash Your Food is a nutrition education app. Toca House Toca House, created by Toca Boca, is an engaging app that teaches younger children about completing chores around the house. Circadia Circadia is a music, colors, and puzzle app wrapped up into one. Multiplication: Invasion of the Moon Monkeys Memorizing multiplication facts is a very important math skill to learn that impacts other more difficult math skills. Finding different types of apps that appeal to children that involve high-interest subjects and gaining knowledge is a great way to keep kids learning on the go. Picture By courosa

5 Great Free iPad Translation apps Using iPad for reading is something we all enjoy doing; but what about when reading articles in a foreign language ? It is highly probably that you will come across vocabulary you don't know. Of course you might guess the meaning of words from the context in which they are used but this can never replace a clear and definite explanation of a dictionary.To help you find translations of the new words you come across, I compiled a list of some of the best free iPad translator apps. Check them out : 1- Free Translator This is a great iOS app that allows users to translate any text into 37 different languages. 2- SpeakText Free Speak and translate text document and web pages, copy and paste, key in, this awesome app will amaze you. 3- iTranslate Whether you are learning a new language , traveling through other countries or just need to translate an enail, with iTranslate you are never again lost in translation. 4- Google Translate 5- Interpret 6- Word Lens 7- Free Translator for iPad