Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Apple Features FREE ebooks in a new series, Apps in the Classroom

As I was digging around in the iTunes app store today, I ran across a series of FREE eBooks from Apple. The Apps in the Classroom series currently consists of five lesson ideas covering the apps Explain Everything, Hopscotch, Sketchbook Express, Stop Motion Studio and Puppet Pals HD. If you have ever downloaded an app and wondered what to do next or how to best utilize the apps, take a look at these FREE eBooks.

If you would like to download any of the five Apps in the Classroom ebooks or the associated apps, please help support Smart Apps for Special Needs by using our links:

Explain Everything Lesson Ideas

For the app, Explain Everything ($2.99, iPad/iPhone)

Explain Everything is an easy-to-use design, screencasting, and interactive whiteboard tool that lets you annotate, animate, narrate, import, and export almost anything to and from almost anywhere.

(FREE, iPad only)

SketchBook Express Lesson Ideas

For the app, SketchBook Express for iPad (FREE, iPad only)

Autodesk SketchBook® Express for iPad is a fun and intuitive drawing application. Use professional-grade tools and brushes to create doodles, quick sketches or artwork on-the-go. 

(FREE, iPad only)

Stop Motion Studio Lesson Ideas

For the app, Stop Motion Studio (FREE, iPad/iPhone)

Get Stop Motion Studio, the world’s easiest app to get you into stop motion moviemaking today!

(FREE, iPad only)

Hopscotch Lesson Ideas

For the app, Hopscotch -- Programming for kids! Make games, stories, animations and more! (FREE, iPad/iPhone)

Hopscotch is programming designed for everyone! In a few minutes, you'll be making characters move, dance, draw, and interact. Control your project by tapping, tilting, shaking, and even shouting at your iPad.

(FREE ebook, iPad only)

Puppet Pals HD Director's Pass Lesson Ideas

For the app, Puppet Pals HD Director's Pass ($4.99, iPad only)

Kids and adults alike love the simplicity of puppeteering and voicing characters while creating movies to share.

Simply pick out your actors and backdrops, drag them on to the stage, and tap record. Your movements and audio will be recorded in real time for playback later. 

(FREE, iPad only)

From iTunes:

The Apps in the Classroom series was created by Apple to provide teachers with a few ideas on how to integrate apps into daily classroom instruction. Inspired by Apple Distinguished Educators, these books are a collection of activities that let students ages 5 to 14+ use select apps to demonstrate their learning across a range of subjects. 

For further information on ways to utilize apps, be sure to check out Apple's article Apps in the Classroom listing other apps and ideas on how to incorporate apps into a classroom setting.

Rachel H just cooked a batch of her grandmother's famous peanut brittle. Not quite the same as hers, but still delicious.

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