Amazing App Stories is a free iPad app that anyone can use to contribute to on-going fiction stories. The concept of Amazing App Stories is to provide a community space for collaborative fiction writing. When you open the app you can choose a story genre, read a short story that has already been started, and […]
In the year that I taught language arts before moving into the social studies department one of the challenges that my students faced in writing short stories was coming up with ideas to get started. I held a lot of brainstorming sessions with those students. Today, there are lots of apps that can help students […]
Story Me is a free iPad app for turning your pictures into comic strips. Story Me provides more than a dozen layout options to which you can add pictures from your iPad’s camera roll and or from your Facebook account. After importing pictures into a template you can apply cartoon effects to the pictures. To […]
Cosmic Cubs Storymaker is an iPad app that elementary school students can use to create short stories about space. Cosmic Storymaker provides a book layout to which students can add page backgrounds, clip art characters, and speech bubbles. Students drag pre-written words and sentences to each speech bubble on the pages they create. All of […]
Word Mover is a free iPad app produced by Read Write Think. The app is designed to help students develop poems and short stories. When students open the Word Mover app they are shown a selection of words that they can drag onto a canvas to construct a poem or story. Word Mover provides students […]
Toonia Storymaker is a cute iPad app that children can use to create short illustrated stories. To create stories on Toonia Storymaker children choose pre-drawn characters and settings for their stories. The characters can be dropped into multiple settings within the same story. The appearance of the characters in Toonia Storymaker can be edited. Once […]
colAR Mix is an augmented reality application that turns your paper drawings into animated 3D objects on your students’ iPads. Students create and color drawings that are printed from the colAR Mix website. After their drawings are complete, students scan them with the colAR Mix app to see them come to life as 3D objects […]
Shake-a-Phrase is a fun iPad app for elementary school and middle school students to use to start stories and practice recognizing parts of speech. Shake-a-Phrase has three basic modes; shake it, story starter, and quiz mode. Each mode has five themes; animals, monsters, fairytales, sports, and random. In “shake it” mode students shake their iPads […]
Visual Poetry is a nice iPad app for creating custom word clouds. The app’s name implies that it only works for poetry, but it will work with any text that you write. Visual Poetry allows you to choose from a menu of word cloud shapes. If the shapes in the menu aren’t quite what you’re […]
Book Creator for iPad is my favorite iPad app for creating narrated multimedia books on my iPad. Book Creator costs $4.99 (less with volume purchasing), but you can now try it and create one entire book for free. If you’re trying to convince someone in your school that Book Creator is worth purchasing, have that […]
Literacy Leveler is a an iOS app (iPhone and iPad versions available) that allows you scan a book’s ISBN barcode and discover the reading level of the...
Play Magnus is a freemium iOS app that allows you to learn and play chess against chess grandmaster Magnus Carlsen. The app contains video lessons that...
The GeoBee Challenge iPad app from National Geographic is an excellent app that students can use to test and develop their knowledge of world geography. The...