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27 Aug 2012
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Mad about Mad Lips

Last March, “Appy Hours 4 U” featured Mad Lips as a “surprisingly educational” app. You will have to listen to the show to hear all of the educational ideas that were assigned to it. ūüėČ When featuring an app on a show, I always send out an email notifying the app developer. Many of them actually reply with a customary “thanks” and others begin an email correspondence that turns in to an e-friendship. The latter is the case with Mike from Mad Lips.

Recently he shared a new photo contest he has launched to promote Mad Lips! The winner(s) photos will be included in the standard photo pack with the latest Mad Lips release for all to use and animate.

Before I share more about the contest, let me showcase some fantastic examples of how Mad Lips has been used educationally:

Talking Book Covers: See full blog and info here.

Practicing Spanish: See full blog and info here.
 
Classifying Triangles: See full blog and info here.

 
And my favorite… A Retelling of “Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You Hear?”: See full blog.

 

Mike from Mad Lips

And now to the ... Contest Details:¬†For those of you who enjoy amusing your students, desire 15 minutes or 15 seconds of fame, and have had a secret wish to be a viral meme… here is your chance!¬†All you need is a penchant for the unknown. And thick skin. And a great sense of humor.

Mad¬†Lips¬†is a creative‚ÄĒsurprisingly educational‚ÄĒapp that lets anyone superimpose their talking¬†lips¬†over any picture. You can use¬†Mad¬†Lips¬†in the classroom to deliver a talking book report. You can use it as a tool for practicing foreign languages. And now you can even use it to make your students laugh. Out loud. At your expense!¬†Mad¬†Lips¬†is calling all teachers and educators to be part of the “Face The Music” challenge. It’s simple. Just send in a picture of your silliest face and the funniest image will be included as part of the standard photo pack in the next version of¬†Mad¬†Lips. You’ll be famous. Your students will love it. And you’ll be part of making the world a better place through creativity and laughter.

 

Fine Print:

  • Please send all images to¬†info@affectiveapps.com
  • By sending in an image, you are explicitly granting the right to include it in the¬†Mad¬†Lips¬†photo pack. This means that you grant the rights to use your image and likeness for a commercial application without any financial recuperation.
  • All participants must be 18 years of age.
  • The winning image will be chosen by the¬†Mad¬†Lips¬†development team on September 30th, 2012. While not everyone will be included in the app, everyone who plays along is a winner in our books!

 
Good luck on the Contest. I am also very eager to hear how you are using Mad Lips in your classroom. Please share ideas and examples below in the comments.
 


20 May 2012
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List.ly: 20+ FREE Product-Based Apps


17 Apr 2012
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60 Apps in 60 Minutes: Mobile 2012

In hindsight 60 apps in 60 minutes was a bit ambitious. I kind of felt as if we were auctioning off apps. (Perhaps a Nifty Fifty pack would have been a better fit.) For those of you who missed our session…or those of you who attended and caught whiplash from the sheer speed of it, here is a list of all of the apps we (Jon Samuelson and I) featured.

60 Apps in 60 Minutes: An iPadSammy Symbaloo Creation Presented at Mobile 2012


 
Free Apps:

  1. Futaba Word Games
  2. Doodle Buddy
  3. Infographics
  4. Photo Measure Lite
  5. Tracing Paper Lite
  6. Bill Atkinson PhotoCard
  7. TypeDrawing FREE
  8. StoryLines for Schools
  9. Video Star
  10. Epic Citadel
  11. PicCal
  12. Pizza Time
  13. iPen
  14. My PlayHome Lite
  15. Word Lens
  16. Sketchbook Express
  17. Bloom*
  18. iMotion HD
  19. My Secret Diary
  20. ScrapPad
  21. Album FX Lite
  22. TapTap Blocks
  23. Choiceboard Creator
  24. Voice Thread
  25. Corkulous
  26. Educreations
  27. Videolicious
  28. Social Express Lite
  29. Inkling
  30. Picturebook
  31. Mad Lips
  32. Snapguide
  33. Cinch
  34. Inspiration Maps Lite
  35. Opposite Ocean
  36. Blurb
  37. Visual Poet

 

I also decided to add a few more FREE ones to the list for good measure: Vidrhythm, Animation Desk Lite, Weather Wise, iK Calendar FREE, QR Beamer, String, Painting With Time, Transparent Earth

 

The majority of the FREE Edu apps listed above can be found in the newly released TechChef4u app (along with 500+ FREE sortable EDU apps).

 

Paid Apps:


01 Apr 2012
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iClassify Triangles

Tasked to modify an existing paper-based lesson on classifying triangles to be more multimedia (and mobile) in nature, I chose to create two separate lessons:

Direct Instruction: If teachers wanted to include a direct teach piece, the following videos would serve the purpose.

 

Web 2.0/Computer:

  1. Student Task 1: Utilize the deck below to view the 7 mystery triangles. Check your understanding by flipping the card over to get the answer.
  2. Student Task 2: Draw a triangle to match the description for each of the mystery triangles using Paint or Smart Notebook Express (or a recording sheet).

 

 
 
iPad:

  1. Student Task 1: Access the Mystery Triangle deck using an iDevice and the Flashcards* app:
    1. Launch Flashcardlet app.
    2. Tap Flashcards.
    3. Tap + sign in upper right hand corner to Download from Quizlet.
    4. Tap in the search space.
    5. Type ‚ÄúTechchef4u‚ÄĚ.
    6. Tap Creator and tap Search.
    7. Select Mystery Triangle Exercise.
    8. Tap Add to Library.
    9. Tap Cancel and tap Library to return to your personal Flashcard library.
    10. Tap to select Mystery Triangle Exercise to review deck.
    11. Tap Study and start studying.
    12. Review all 7 cards in the deck: swipe to go to the next card and tap on a card to see the back of the card.
  2. Student Task 2: Draw a triangle to match the description for each of the mystery triangles using Popplet Lite, iPen Free, or or Xnote.

 

 

Extensions:
  1. Have students create their own Quizlet deck for Mystery Quadrilaterals.
  2. Utilize Doodle Buddy, Story Lines for Schools, or TypeDrawing FREE to illustrate triangles.
  3. Have students make a talking triangle video for a specific triangle using Mad Lips.
  4. Have students create an instructional video to teach classifying triangles using ScreenChomp, Explain Everything, ShowMe, or Educreations. (See example Classifying Triangles video from Math Lambert).
  5. Have students create their own triangle song using Songify, Video Star, or Videolicious.

 

See original Triangle Song and adaptation below: 

More iLessons:

  1. Math iLessons & Pinterest iPad Lessons

 


23 Mar 2012
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Surprisingly Educational: Part 4 – Episode 22

This is a supplement to¬†‚ÄúAppy Hours 4 You‚ÄĚ Blog Talk Radio Show: Episode 22‚Äď ‚ÄúSurprisingly Educational Apps: Part 4. In this episode we featured multiple edutainment apps that that at first glance might not appear educational. For each free app we shared multiple integration ideas that span across content areas and grade levels. Check out our other installments of ‚ÄúSurprisingly Educational Apps1‚ÄĚ, ‚ÄúSurprisingly Educational Apps 2“, and “Surprisingly Educational Apps 3“.

 

What's Your 6 Word Bio? using Motivational Poster app

This week we discussed the following free apps:

  1. Visual Poet (see their gallery)
  2. TypeDrawing for FREE (see examples in Math, More Math, Language, and their gallery)
  3. For All Seasons (get For All Seasons on your Mac or PC)
  4. Sketchbook Express & SketchBook MobileX
  5. Bloom*
  6. Create-O-Mat
  7. Fotolr Photo Studio HD & Fotolr Photo Studio 
  8. Painting with Time
  9. Painting with Time: Climate Change
  10. Mad Lips
  11. Political Time Machine (was FREE at the time of our notes)
  12. Motivational Poster (was FREE at time of episode)
  13. VidRhythm (See iChallenge details below).

 

Stream this week’s episode or download it in iTunes directly.

Listen to internet radio with Techchef4u on Blog Talk Radio

 
“Appy Hours 4 U” iChallenge: We really want VidRhythm to be considered “Surprisingly Educational” – we LOVE this app and find it to be intensely engaging! However, we have been unable to assign some sort of core classroom integration to the app. Thus, “Appy Hours 4 U” will award a $10 iTunes Gift Card to the best user submission for how VidRhythm can be used instructionally and purposefully in a core classroom. Leave a Comment Below: Include your name, contact email, and idea for how the app can be used instructionally in the iClassroom. We will choose the best submission and announce the winner on our April 5th episode and in the TechChef4U blog.