5 iOS Apps for an Elementary Class

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1. Videolicious

What it is: Videolicious is an app that allows someone to create videos using pictures and/or videos stored on the device (iPad, iPod, iPhone). Then the person can narrate the video if need be, and they can add music. After creating their video, they can share it to YouTube.


How I can use it: I could use Videolicious in a math class when I get students to solve a long math question--something like long division. The student could take pictures of each step, stitch them together, and narrate how they solved it using Videolicious


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2. Socrative

What it is: Socrative is an app that allows students to answer questions using their personal, mobile devices. Teachers can post quizzes or quick questions and students would answer using the Student app on their device . The student can enter the teacher's "room" through an access code, and then can complete the quiz. The app corrects the answers and the teacher receives the students' answers.


How I can use it: I would use Socrative to do quick quizzes in the classroom. For instance, we can watch a Bill Nye video, and I could post a quiz based on what was in the video. I would use this to assess whether students were paying attention.


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3. VoiceThread

What it is: VoiceThread is an app that allows users to communicate with one another through the use of pictures and comments (text, audio, and video). Users can add multiple comments and pictures and can share those with others who in turn can add multiple comments and pictures.


How I can use it: I would use VoiceThread as a discussion starter for an elementary science class. In the building unit, I could post a video asking a question like, "What kinds of questions do you guys have regarding the Eiffel Tower?" to which the students would comment their answer (or question in this case) either in video or text format.


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4. Notability

What it is: Notability is a note-taking app that allows users to type, draw, record audio, and highlight on their notes or whatever file. You can do more than just create notes, however; a user can download a pdf and edit that document. They can also share it via Google Drive, Twitter, Email, etc.


How I can use it: I would encourage students to use Notability to take notes for a subject like English Language Arts. When I recite a quotation from a story we read, the students can record my voice and either type or write the importance of the quotation. I can also use Notability for assignments. I can send students a pdf of a few questions on the story and get them to work on it using Notability. They can type in or write their answers. It's a great way to save paper


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5. Toontastic

What it is: Toontastic is a storytelling and creative learning tool that enables students to draw, animate, and share their own cartoons. Toontastic records your animation and voice as a cartoon video to share with friends and family on ToonTube, the app's global storytelling network for kids.


How I can use it: Toontastic is a great app to introduce the basics of storytelling while also keeping it fun. I would use it in a English Language Arts class when we learn about the structure of the story: the exposition, the climax, the resolution. I would get students to create their own story by either using the stock characters in the app, or drawing their own characters.


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