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7 Creative Apps That Allow Students To Show What They Know

7 Creative Apps That Allow Students To Show What They Know
7 Creative Apps That Allow Students To Show What They Know by Tony Vincent, learninginhand.com While there are so many iPad apps that deliver content, one of the best uses for technology in education is to make something with what you’re learning. This might include producing a video, authoring a digital book, recording a puppet show, creating a college, narrating a slideshow, designing a comic book, or somehow making your own media and study aids. Yes, there are loads of drill and skill apps, digital books, and electronic response systems that can be very useful in classrooms. What’s much more exciting to me are apps that empower students to be creative and expressive. Albert Einstein’s said, “You do not really understand something unless you can explain it to your grandmother.” It’s powerful to process and prioritize what you’re learning and turn it into something to teach others. Videolicious The free version of Videolicious has a time limit of 60 seconds. Example Videolicious Videos:

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