Apps for Project Based Learning
Create posters with custom backgrounds, pictures, and text. When finished, students can save to the camera roll (library) or email directly to their teacher.
- About Me poster
- Sequencing/retelling story events
- Visual Vocabulary
- Biography research project (use text and images to describe people and their accomplishments)
- Visual timeline
- Compare and contrast web (characters, books, etc.)
- How to books- illustrating steps
- Assess student knowledge on any topic
Connect boxes of information that contain text, images, or drawings. Double tap to add a popple. Only one popplet can be created on the iPad at a time (with FREE version). Export finished image as a .jpeg to the camera roll and then email to the teacher or directly email a .pdf or .jpeg file to the teacher.
- Present the pros & cons of an issue
- Visual Timeline
- Visualize vocabulary words
- Character maps
- Practice math concepts
- Share research (social studies or science)
Flowchart for explaining a process (with transitional words)
Sequence events in a story (story maps)
Describe features of water, land-forms, habitats, or ecosystems
Create narrated photo slideshows. Tap the screen to highlight or pinch/pull the image to zoom in/out while recording. To save and share finished projects, set up your Shadow Puppet account prior to using with students (on shared iPads you can set up a generic school account). Completed videos can be saved to the camera roll or emailed to the teacher. The email includes an embed code which can be used to place the video seamlessly into your website.
“How to” videos
Research presentation (Science/SS)
Inferring through primary sources
Oral history project
Culture (e.g., holidays around the world)
- Biography research project (narrate a photo story about a famous person)
Create a video with images, drawn images, typed text, and narration. Great for students or teachers to teach or review concepts. To save and share finished projects, set up your Educreations account prior to using with students (on shared iPads you can set up a generic school account). Finished videos are saved to your Educreations account and can be made private or public. Videos can be emailed when complete or shared with a web link (URL). You can also link your Educreations account to a Dropbox or Facebook account to share videos among these accounts.
- "How To" Videos
- Explain a scientific process
- Label scientific materials, parts of a plant, parts of a cell, the water cycle, etc.
- Narrate a story
- Create a music video and sing the lyrics
- "Flip the classroom"
- Locate items in a text
- Practice foreign language narration
- Share research (social studies or science)
Import your own background behind your avatar to set your scene. Finished projects can be saved to the camera roll, emailed, or sent to Twitter or Facebook.
- Explain a math concept
- Read a poem and import a picture that represents the theme
- Explain a process or image behind the avatar (ex: the water cycle)
- Persuasive writing
- Practice speaking a foreign language
- Report the weather (Import a weather map or outdoor scenery)
- Recite a famous story or speech
- Explain the scenery or location behind the avatar (ex: the rainforest or Egypt)
- Explain an event pictured behind the avatar (ex: Paul Revere's famous ride)
- "Flip" your classroom
- Tell a story and import your own background
- Review or introduce a book
RWT Trading Cards
Export the video by email or to Facebook.
Bill Atkinson PhotoCard
Create a virtual postcard with your own images or select from the library of beautiful photos. Students can practice writing while telling about the image. Then record themselves speaking and add thematic stamps and stickers! Email or export your image to the camera roll or Twitter when done. The app requires a log-in prior to using. You can set up a generic account prior to using with your students.
- Write about a place/travelogue
- Write about a historical event
- Explain or tell about a concept learned in class
- Practice writing for an audience (write to the principal, parents, friends, community members, etc.)
- Use photos to inspire creative writing or poetry
- Write to a character
- Write to a historical figure
- Write about landforms, biomes, weather, etc. using images from the photo library
- Find images to explain a concept: geometry, art, science
Create beautiful presentations! Don't miss Haiku Deck's graphing/chart feature to add meaning to your presentation. The app requires a log-in prior to using. You can set up a generic account prior to using with your students. When the presentation is complete it can be shared publicly or privately by email, URL, blog, Facebook, or Twitter.
Create an impressive stop-motion animation. Your video can be saved to the camera roll when complete.
- Animate a short story
- Explain science concepts (ex: force and motion)
- Recreate a historical event
- Illustrate a scene from a book
- Demonstrate a process with time-lapse (ex: seed to plant)
- Make a character come to life
- Record a music video
- Spell words or explain math concepts
Write About This
Students write using image prompts and record. The free version comes with a limited library of images- but no problem because your students can take and import their own images! Students can also only save one writing prompt at a time in the free version. When projects are complete they can be saved to the camera roll.
Thinglink makes images interactive. Students can add pins to any image and link to websites, videos, text, or audio. Completed projects can be shared by email or published to the ThingLink library. The app requires a log-in prior to using. You can set up a generic account prior to using with your students.
Greenscreen by DoInk
Put your students right in the action with the magic of greenscreen. Create unique videos that can be saved to the camera roll or emailed when complete.
- Report the weather or the news
- Create book trailers
- Retell a story
- Report from another country, planet, or historical event
- Historical reenactment
- Creative writing
- Book trailers
- Read a poem
- Tell a story
- Document what was learned on a field trip
- Create a movie on social skills or social issues
- Explain a science lab, curricular content, or classroom activity
- Share what you know about any topic
- Introduce your students to a new person, topic of study, or idea
- Create a newscast or movie trailer about a historical or famous person or event
- Share an arts event or student work
- Get students excited about an upcoming event or unit of study