“Creativity is now as important in education as literacy, and we should treat it with the same status.”
– Sir Ken Robinson
I whole-heartedly agree with Sir Ken Robinson’s statement. Let’s kick it up a notch and not only treat creativity and literacy with the same status but also see them as going hand in hand. Previously, I blogged about the different apps we use in our classroom. This post is about the creation apps we just couldn’t live without.
With these apps, we build the much-needed bridge between creativity and literacy. The beauty of it is, no matter how intimidating it may feel at first, creating with these apps is child’s play – literally. I remember feeling anxious about our first project because of its multi-step nature. I thought about students who had difficulty with multi-step directions, etc. However, my students did what our smallest wonders often do – they amazed me. With the iPad and its apps, students just get it. They are born and raised in a technology driven world. I was anxious because it was more new to me – not to them. Are there still parameters with these projects? Yes. Goals and standards to meet? Yes. Does that take away from my student ability to create? No.
The backbone to many of our projects is a drawing app of some sort. We love Drawing Pad, but have used Doodle Buddy, Hello Crayon, and ScribblePress in the past. We are able to draw using various utensils – crayons, markers, paint – and then save our drawing to our camera roll. After saving, we can easily add our drawing to other creation apps.
Once we have our images saved to our camera roll, from a drawing app or the internet, we can upload them into one of the apps above. Explain Everything, Show Me, and Educreations are screen casting apps. These apps allow students to upload a picture or draw as they are recording. These apps are great to use for those students who want to elaborate on what they have done or for all students to demonstrate knowledge. Students are able to have voice and choice in what they choose to explain and which app to use. Pic Collage and Book Creator are used most often in our class. We use both apps across subject areas and topics. The students enjoy using their own drawings combined with the stamps within the app in Pic Collage. Book Creator gives students and teachers the ability to create books about anything, on any level using created pictures, images from the internet, text, and voice recordings. Books can then be uploaded into iBooks and remain on student shelf to read independently. iMovie is very new to us! We just recently received the app on all student iPads. Projects using this app are forth coming! Check out my 4th grade teaching colleague and how she uses iMovie in her classroom.
Screen shots of projects we have created in Pic Collage:
Pic Collage, then uploaded into Book Creator for a class book: