iTunes U is a terrific tool for creating your own course and easily distributing materials to students. It lets teachers set up a course that can be accessed on an iPad. Students can watch, read and listen to a variety of multimedia organized by their teacher. It’s a great choice for flipping your classroom and keeping students on task throughout the semester.
This week Apple is rolling out new features for iTunes U that will be game changers in many learning environments. Teachers will now be able to access the course manager directly from their iPad instead of logging into a website on a computer. This will let them make changes and upload content including pictures and video straight from their iPad. In private courses students will be able to participate in discussions for a collaborative learning experience. Learn more from Apple’s official announcement or visit their iTunes U page.
Students and teachers creating eBooks should check out Book Writer. The ease and simplicity of the intuitive interface makes this app a truly powerful tool. Children can use Book Writer to publish stories that can be shared with their families and added to an ePortfolio. Teachers can create books that document school trips or publish a collection of their students’ work.
Straightforward and easy to use, Book Writer lets you create a book right within the app by adding pictures, text, audio recording and even music. You can export the book to iBooks for easy reading on your iPad or share it via email. Simple and fun to use, students will love being content creators on their iPads no matter what event they are documenting or story they are telling. Teachers will also find that this app lends itself to creating customized books to share with their students. Book Writer is a very impressive app!
Shadow Puppet is an amazing app that is perfect for students of all ages. Children can take still images and bring them to life with narration using this story telling tool. Shadow Puppet lets users zoom into pictures as they narrate a slideshow.
There are lots of ways to use this app in the classroom and Shadow Puppet features some great ideas on their Pinterest page and blog. Students can describe what they learned during a field trip using pictures they’ve taken with their mobile device, or document the steps they took during a science experiment with a combination of images and narration.
This app is a must have for teachers looking for a creative way to have their students tell a story or recount events from an important school event. Try including your Shadow Puppet creations in your students’ digital portfolio!