Whachoo Talkin' Bout Willis?

Explain thinking & reach learning goals w/ storytelling apps

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Tweet your new discoveries/feedback througout the session & include #TCEA17 @bridgingapps.Tweeting is a great summarization tool to anchor concepts in your brain, so throughout the session, tweet away. We will be giving away a door prizes at the end

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Follow this link to compare Explain Everything to other screencasting apps on the iPad


Create screencasts using an easy to use, versatile app that can be used as a whiteboard also.


Read our BridgingApps of this app and watch a quick demo of how this app can be used.

Screencasting Examples

A Teacher's Perspective - Part 1

Hands On: Try It Out

Here are your choices:



  1. Download Explain Everything and "Draw a Pig" Go back to your classrooms and use this activity at the beginning of the year -- Here are the instructions (Don't look at them now).
  2. Download Kid in StoryMaker and play around in the app
  3. Download Toontastic and play around in the app
  4. Download Imagistory and play around in the app
  5. If you have a Twitter account, you can also use this time to tweet your experience in our session today using the hashtags #TCEA17 and @BridgingApps. Make sure to include what app is your favorite.


    We will randomly select a winner for our app giveaway from tweeters!

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Imagistory: Creative Storytelling App

Read our BridgingApps review of this app.


Features we like:


  • Wordless picture book that allows kids to tell their OWN story
  • Can be used with any language
  • Helps foster creativity and imagination, while developing language and early literacy skills
  • NEW version for educators which includes all SEVEN stories, rather than just the first two in the LITE version, with new stories added automatically with future updates.

Read our BridgingApps review of this app and watch a quick demo of how this app can be used as it is highlighted in one of our recent BridgingApps monthly virtual trainings. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=19xyYWbN_zY (app feature starts at 18:00).


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Read our BridgingApps review of this app. There is also a Toontastic Jr. version of this app for younger kids.


Features we like:


  • Allows students to tell a story and be creative
  • 5 parts of a story: Setting, Conflict, Challenge, Climax and Resolution.
  • Guided verbally through each section
  • Use the sets and characters provided or you can make your own
  • Now it is completely FREE!

Part 2

Read our BridgingApps review of this app. There is also a lite version of this app.



Why We Like It:

  • Great for kids who need more visuals for organizing their thoughts.
  • Pre-made activities and the ability to customize your own maps
  • Create Venn diagrams, story maps and webs
  • Supergrouper templates allow kids to visually categorize and compare ideas.

Read our BridgingApps review of this app.


Features we like:


  • Extremely fast and easy to use for young, inexperienced or cognitively challenged users
  • Few tools available that can be confusing
  • Requires few steps to complete the task
  • Text boxes are easily created and deleted for the user
  • Workflow to Photo Album for printing or sharing Adaptation Possibilities: Worksheets could be modified to user ability level using pictures, multiple choice or word banks to copy from or providing simplified vocabulary
  • If answer choices are offered, X's or voice recognition capabilities can be used to complete the worksheet
  • Instructional support can be provided to take the picture, create text boxes prior to completion, perform the screenshot or shared using AirDrop capabilities
Although this app has not been reviewed by BridgingApps yet, it is a great one scrapbooking, documenting, memory-keeping, story telling with only your thumbs.
The Project Life App

Although we love this app, we do not have a complete review yet. Go to our website at BridgingApps and find it here.


Features we like:


  • Present a project or describe an experience
  • Record voiceover narration, add music, or both
  • Easy sharing - no app needed to view

Read our BridgingApps review of this app.


Features we like:


  • The child chooses from a list of 14 topics such as "A Rainy Day" or "Today Is My Birthday".
  • The child then answers a few questions about the topic and his/herself making it easy to write a focused story.
  • The app then generates a story that the child illustrates with their own iPhoto images or the included images.
  • After the book is complete, you can email it in PDF format and then print it or view on a computer.

See Saw

Read our BridgingApps review of this app.


What we like:


  • Create a digital portfolio for your students
  • Easy way to get student project off of devices
  • Easy sign in with QR Code, icon, or email address
  • Upload items to a class blog that can be private
  • Share with individual projects and portfolios with parents

Hands On: Try It Out

Here are your choices:


  1. Download Kidspiration Maps and create a concept map for one of the subjects you teach.
  2. Download SnapType and play around with the app.
  3. Download Project Life and create a Digital Scrapbook page of your summer so far that you can share with your students at the beginning of school next year.
  4. Download Shadow Puppet HD
  5. Download See Saw Classroom
  6. If you have a Twitter account, you can also use this time to tweet your experience in our session today using the hashtags #TCEA17 and @BridgingApps Make sure to include what app is your favorite.


    We will randomly select a winner for our app giveaway from tweeters!

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Explore the app Touchcast. Create your own "What You Talking About Willis" video and share it on Twitter using #TCEA2017 #WhatYouTalkingAboutWillis @BridgingApps for a doorprize!
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All About Me

My passion is teaching. I teach to inspire those who I work with and the kids lives that I touch. I strive to learn new things and look for ways that I can bring it to my department and the teachers that I work with. One of my recent accomplishments was becoming a SMART Exemplary Educator. I have a total of 17 years in education, with five years in Educational Technology. I left the classroom when I had three small children back to back and it wasn't until my last couple of years in the classroom that I really became passionate about technology.


I currently work as a Digital Learning Specialist for BridgingApps - a division of Easter Seals. We are a non-profit organization that helps people bridge the gap between technology and people with disabilities. Up until this year I was a Digital Learning Specialist for Fort Bend ISD, the 7th largest school district, located Sugar Land, Texas (just outside of Houston).


The opportunity to work in a field where I get to indulge in my two passions makes me one really happy person.