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24 Favorite Teacher-Curated Web and iOS Apps for Creating Content

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A Wealth of Wonderful Tools for Teachers and Students to Create Learning Content.

At the 2015 TLIPAD conference, we had a great “Birds of a Feather” session focused on apps for creating content. We compiled a list of Web and iPad apps that participants like to use to develop learning content, and I thought many others would find these suggestions useful, so here they are!

Be sure to remember … in addition to the productive fun we can have as teachers creating content with these apps, one of the most productive and important uses for these tools is when students use them to create!

By the way, most of these are free :).

  • Educreations (iOS)): Whiteboard Casting app*
  • Explain Everything (iOS): Whiteboard casting
  • Haiku Deck (iOS): Presentations
  • Google Drive (Web & iOS): Docs, Sheets, Slides, & Forms
  • Nearpod (iOS): Slide presentations, interactive class platform,  assessments
  • PearDeck (Web): Slide presentations, interactive class platform, assessments
  • iBooks (Mac): Create interactive books
  • iMovie (Mac & iOS): Create videos using pre-designed templates (or from scratch)
  • Screencast-o-matic (Web): Screencasting
  • Touchcast (iOS & Web): Combine video and web content in unique format
  • Knowmia (iOS): Create video incl. PIP, whiteboard casting, camera, etc.
  • Adobe Voice (iOS): Easy video creation
  • Adobe Slate (iOS): Turn images and text into visual story
  • FlipHTML5 (PC & Mac): Create books, newsletters, magazines, etc.
  • ChatterPix Kids (iOS): Turn an image into a talking picture
  • PicPlayPost (iOS): Combine different types of media into a collage
  • Videolicious (Web): Video creation
  • Shadow Puppet (iOS): Video creation
  • Scratch Junior (Web): Create stories through coding
  • HopScotch (iOS): Create stories via coding
  • Smore (Web): Newsletters
  • Padlet (Web)): Curation and collaboration
  • Baibaord (iOS & Mac): Collaborative whiteboard
  • Canva (iOS & Web): Easy graphics design, good for infographics and more

*Whiteboard Casting: The iPad doesn't provide true screen casting, but the ability to open a digital white board and record what you do there is pretty powerful!

Sorry I didn't include links here, but you know the drill (just Google it!).

If any of the information here is incorrect or incomplete re: which platforms are supported, feel free to comment and weigh in. For purposes of the TLIPAD conference, we were focused on web based apps and iOS apps, so I have not indicated which of these may have Android OS counterparts (and quite a few do).

Thanks again to the participants in this fun session!

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  1. Thanks Sylvia. I was not really a fan of Apple’s pricing, letting it color my feelings about the technology behind it for many years. That changed a bit with the iPad. The iPad made the tablet niche real, and I have watched institutions like the Franklin Academy in North Carolina put them to use very effectively. That being said, I think anyone with any passion and insight into education technology agrees that the goal is for our use of technology to ultimately be device agnostic. Fortunately, we’re seeing that gradually become more of a reality as each year passes and cloud based functionality is coupled with device-specific versions of apps, or web apps, to move us in this direction while still getting the most out of the devices we own.

    Apple’s products may not be inexpensive, but they have still played a key role in moving progress forward in education and other industries. There are many angles and elements to consider in the tech world, and many players have an impact. It’s all about balance in the end, and Apple has been part of the equation whether we like it or not. Of course, we’re all welcome to promote whatever we believe makes sense, and low- or no-cost is one of my favorite options too!

  2. As an individual passionate about educational technologies, I have been reading your blog for quite some time and have found your articles to be quite informative and useful. However, as both an educator and a businesswoman whose goal it is to help people access and learn to use technology in the easiest and most economical means possible, I have great difficulty promoting the use of Apple only products like the iPad.

    Perhaps you could enlighten me as to the reasons why educators choose Apple when they are extremely expensive compared to other tablets on the market, they do not play well with others ie. Apple does not share open source codes so others can collaborate and develop new products, and the ipad’s functionality is extremely limited as opposed to other tablets that offer USB and micro HDMI ports.

    While I do believe Apple has excellent products, it is for the reasons stated above that I do not use or purchase them. Instead, I promote apps that can be used across all platforms and devices so everyone can participate in interactive study and not just those who can afford overpriced Apple products.

    As budgets continue to shrink and schools struggle to integrate technology, it seems to me that we should be looking for economical solutions to offset the cost of technology and equipment rather than choosing the most expensive product on the block.

    In closing, I think there are already too many barriers in place that are preventing access to technology use for many schools and teachers, so it is my mission to break them down in order to allow far more people the opportunity to learn through tech.

    Sylvia Buchanan, Founder & CEO
    SYLVIA’S IT

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