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I came across the app Painting With Time and Painting with Time: Climate Change a few months ago and was absolutely blown away! As Earth Day is on the horizon (Sunday, April 22nd 2012), I thought it might be app-ropro to provide a handful of suggestions to teach climate change and support being green using the iPad. (The climate change app is currently paid for Earth Day. The app developer will be donating half of the net proceeds to the Union of Concerned Scientists to aid their research on the effects of climate change on our planet.)
- Create a children’s book using an app like iPen FREE or Albums FX Lite using screenshots from Painting with Time Climate Change (or some of the apps below) to teach the effect of drought, global warming, flooding, volcanic eruptions, etc…
- Create a public service announcement or action alert using screenshots from Painting with Time: Climate Change (or some of the apps below) using an app like Videolicious or Bloom*.
- Create a screen-cast using an app like ScreenChomp to explain what occurred or caused the changes in the before and after images provided in Painting with Time Climate Change.
- Compose an earth day poem or prose using PWT app screenshots (or some of the apps below) and an app like Visual Poet.
- Create a Talking Tom & Ben News report to explain the climate change in your home town.
- A2Z on Global Warming
- Climate Mobile
- World Bank Climate Change
- Green Planet 4 Kids
- The Earth Glossary
- The Recyclies: Episode 1 and Episode 2
- The Rock Cycle
Other Classroom Ideas/Resources for Earth Day
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.
- Futaba Word Games
- Doodle Buddy
- Photo Measure Lite
- Tracing Paper Lite
- Bill Atkinson PhotoCard
- TypeDrawing FREE
- StoryLines for Schools
- Video Star
- Epic Citadel
- Pizza Time
- My PlayHome Lite
- Word Lens
- Sketchbook Express
- iMotion HD
- My Secret Diary
- Album FX Lite
- TapTap Blocks
- Choiceboard Creator
- Voice Thread
- Social Express Lite
- Mad Lips
- Inspiration Maps Lite
- Opposite Ocean
- Visual Poet
This is a supplement to “Appy Hours 4 You” Blog Talk Radio Show: Episode 22– “Surprisingly 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 “Surprisingly Educational Apps1”, “Surprisingly Educational Apps 2“, and “Surprisingly Educational Apps 3“.
This week we discussed the following free apps:
- Visual Poet (see their gallery)
- TypeDrawing for FREE (see examples in Math, More Math, Language, and their gallery)
- For All Seasons (get For All Seasons on your Mac or PC)
- Sketchbook Express & SketchBook MobileX
- Fotolr Photo Studio HD & Fotolr Photo Studio
- Painting with Time
- Painting with Time: Climate Change
- Mad Lips
- Political Time Machine (was FREE at the time of our notes)
- Motivational Poster (was FREE at time of episode)
- VidRhythm (See iChallenge details below).
“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.