Appvent Day 24 : Code with Kodable
Dec24

Appvent Day 24 : Code with Kodable

Kodable offers a kid-friendly introduction to programming concepts and problem solving. It is a beautifully designed app with younger children in mind, incorporating fun cartoon characters. Kodable comes free with 45 levels of programmable fun. You can unlock additional worlds with in-app purchases. A free Teacher Account gives access to education features and 25 student profiles. More are available on subscription.  Download Kodable...

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Appvent Day 23 : Brainstorm with Popplet
Dec23

Appvent Day 23 : Brainstorm with Popplet

Popplet is a really simple to use brainstorming tool. With Popplet children can quickly jot down their ideas and sort them visually. A popplet is a big pinboard that you can put boxes or “popples” onto. A popple is container that holds text, photos, and other interesting things such as Google Map or YouTube video. The whole thing was very simple to use, it was very easy to get started. There is also a Popplet website, so...

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App-vent Day 22 : Special Effects with Action Movie FX
Dec22

App-vent Day 22 : Special Effects with Action Movie FX

Action Movie FX lets the children add Hollywood-style special effects to their iPad movies. This can include alien spaceships, crashing asteroids or a tornado. This would be great for adding a little pizazz to their films – the clips could then be added to other footage within an app such as iMovie. This would also be good to use to create a short film to use as a story starter to inspire their own creative writing or film...

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App-vent Day 21 : Learn to Animate with Animate Me!
Dec21

App-vent Day 21 : Learn to Animate with Animate Me!

Animate Me is an interesting app that allows children to investigate how to make 3D animations using pre-created characters. They can move and post the characters frame by frame. Animations can then be uploaded on YouTube to share with friends and family. Sadly, it doesn’t look like you can add voice effects, which is a shame. The app would be useful to get children used to the idea of stop-frame animation, before trying some of...

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App-vent Day 20 : Help Children Read with Our Story
Dec20

App-vent Day 20 : Help Children Read with Our Story

Our Story has been developed by child psychologists and other specialists at The Open University to enable young children to take part in fun games which can help develop interests and skills that will be relevant to them when they start to read. This app allows you or the children to create simple stories. You can create stories from your own photographs as well as include video recordings. Photos can be imported from the camera roll...

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App-vent Day 19 : Create tunes with Make Me Music
Dec19

App-vent Day 19 : Create tunes with Make Me Music

Make me Music is a fun musical app that lets children play and record their own tunes. Play a bread box or didgeridoo, make water glasses sing, or pluck a kalimba and make music! The app provides a  world where everything you tap becomes a musical instrument. Learn about melodies, rhythms, glissandos and more. The app features: 24 animated instruments including found objects like pots and pans, and unusual classical world instruments...

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App-vent Day 18 : Tour Space with Solar System Scope
Dec18

App-vent Day 18 : Tour Space with Solar System Scope

Solar System Scope is an excellent interactive 3D Model of our Solar System for the iPad. You can switch between a heliocentric view, geocentric view or a panoramic view of the Solar System. Earth-centred view is great if you then use the play controls to move the time forwards as you can see the how day/night changes across the surface. Heliocentric view is good for showing how we get seasons as well as demonstrating the movement of...

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App-vent Day 17 : Explore Circuits with Simple Circuits
Dec17

App-vent Day 17 : Explore Circuits with Simple Circuits

Simple Circuits allows children to explore electricity and create their own circuits as well as explore and build a range of pre-designed learning circuits. Aimed at primary schools, the app provides a complete toolkit for understanding and designing circuit arrangements such as series, parallel with various combinations of batteries, wires, bulbs and a host of fun electrical toys. It is great for teachers, parents and tutors who want...

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App-vent Day 16 : Explore physics with Algodoo
Dec16

App-vent Day 16 : Explore physics with Algodoo

Algodoo is a brilliant 2D physics sandbox game. It’s a totally open creative platform. Children can draw shapes, which become real objects which interact with each other. They can be pinned in place, or connected together via springs and chains. Objects can be transformed into liquids which behave exactly like a liquid would. Gravity can be altered, and switched on or off. Algodoo is designed in an engaging, cartoon-like manner,...

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App-vent Day 15 : Paint music with Singing Fingers
Dec15

App-vent Day 15 : Paint music with Singing Fingers

Singing Fingers is a free app that lets you fingerpaint with sound. Just touch the screen while you make a sound, and colorful paint appears. Touch the paint to play back the sound again! Painting is an odd sensation, as you need to be making a sound for any “ink” to appear. The louder the sound, the larger the blob of ink appears. You can paint your own musical instrument and play it, play with your voice, experiment with...

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App-vent Day 14 : Create presentations with VideoScribe
Dec14

App-vent Day 14 : Create presentations with VideoScribe

Videoscribe is an great IOS app that lets you or your students create presentations that look as though they are being hand-drawn right in front of you. It’s pretty simple to use – just click on the page and add text and clip art. Choose from different fonts and colours. You can even record your own voice, or choose a background track from a bank of royalty-free music. When you publish, the app creates a high-quality...

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App-vent Day 13 : Make Animations with Zu3D
Dec13

App-vent Day 13 : Make Animations with Zu3D

Zu3D is a powerful yet simple to stop-motion animation and timelapse app for the iPad. Zu3D uses the front or back cameras from the iPad to take a series of pictures, which it then strings together into a stop-motion animation. You can import and record sound effects as well as add titles, credits and speech bubbles. Zu3D comes with a library of sounds which can be used in your animations. The interface allows for...

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