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VMLA team 2.0 Assignment 5

List of educational apps and what they do.

1

Animation Desk by Kdan from bloomin apps

The App allows the user to create small animated shorts. allows students to tell stories in a digital medium.
meets student standard 4 innovative designer and 6 creative communicator
appropriate in language arts classes middleschool an up to tell stories

2

VoiceThread from wheel of apps

Voice thread is a forum tool where posts are in audio/Video form instead of text form. . this is a great tool for sharing presentations when more than one person is contributing to the presentation from multiple locations but I am not sure that it is a replacement for traditional forums.

appropriate for all grade levels in all subjects

meets standard 1 empowered learner and standard 7 global collaborator.

3

Do Ink

Do Ink

Do Ink is a paid app available in iOS which allows users to create movies. The app bundle includes a green screen and animation component which would allow users to simulate "live commentary" then share with others. For example, students learning about the rain forest may find an image or video of the rain forest then green screen themselves into that image in order to share information. The sophisticated yet user friendly editing options would allow students to complete digital storytelling, historical re-enactments and much more. Can be used for all grade levels although younger students may need technical assistance and can be used in any subject.

ISTE Teacher Standards: 1, 2, 3, 4
ISTE Student Standards: 1, 2, 3, 4, 6

3

Writer's Studio

Writer's Studio

Writer's Studio is a paid-app available for iOS. Users start with a blank slate and can select from a variety of colors, shapes, or add their own images to create your own personal e-book which can be shared on YouTube. This tool allows for text overlay and narration. Students may create books to explain concepts, summarize books or historical lessons, explore future ideas, or self reflect on a personal experience. Can be used for all grade levels although younger students may need technical assistance and can be used in any subject.

ISTE Teacher Standards: 1, 2, 3, 4
ISTE Student Standards: 1, 2, 3, 4, 6

4

Powtoon

Powtoon

Use Powtoon to make animated videos and presentations for the classroom. The process is similar (and as easy, they claim) to creating a power point. You can create your own or use ready-made templates to interact with, teach, and inform students. Teachers can create templates for students to use. Videos can uploaded to youtube and embedded in a variety of documents/presentations. Powtoon is free.

Powtoon

All grade levels and subjects.

ISTE Standards:
Teachers: 1, 2, 3
Students: 1, 2, 3, 4

4

Creative Book Builder

This app allows users to generate an ebook on their tablet or phone. Users can embed videos, pictures, Google docs easily to align with the content. Teachers can use it as a tutorial, practice activity, or assessment tool. $5.99 to purchase the app.

Creative Book Builder

All grade levels and subjects.

ISTE Standards:
Student: 1, 2, 3, 4
Teacher: 1, 2, 3, 4

4

Interview Assistant Pro

This app supports users as they conduct an interview using their phone or tablet. Users can enter interview questions (or use pre-set questions), organize questions in folders for later use, record audio and text answers, export data to Dropbox, and create interview profiles. $.99 to purchase app.

Interview Assistant Pro

Any subject area, upper elementary and older

ISTE Standards:
Teacher: 1, 2
Students: 1, 2, 3, 6

3

Explain Everything

Explain Everything

Available in iOS & Android, your tablet can be turned into a virtual whiteboard where you can insert images, screenshots, videos (from a web based source, your tablet, or film while in the app). The tool comes with templates and options to change colors, shapes, lines and other graphics. After crating a whiteboard presentation you can share it by posting online. There is a free "lite" version and a paid version. The tool is useful for teachers and students. Whiteboard presentations could be utilized to explain concepts, create presentations from projects, record table work (asking students to write their math work on the table for later view, etc.). Can be used for all grade levels although younger students may need technical assistance and can be used in any subject.

ISTE Teacher Standards: 1, 2, 3, 4
ISTE Student Standards: 1, 2, 3, 4, 6