Monday, January 7, 2013

Monday- Must Have App(s)

Happy Monday friends! You may remember my Top Ten Favorite Apps awhile back but I am constantly downloading and trying new apps! Did you know there are over 700,000 apps in the Apple App Store?

Toontastic is a free app I have had on my iPad forever but just started exploring! It is a storytelling, animation, cartoon creation app that creates videos which can be shared on the  ToonTube Website. You an upgrade to the All Access Pass which gives you a ton additional characters and settings for $9.99. You can also buy Toy Sets for $0.99. I have a few iTunes gift cards that I have been holding onto and I think the full upgrade will be my next purchase! It was really easy to use and I had a lot of fun creating my first Toon Tube Cartoon. Please excuse my horrible voice and the fact that I actually sound like a five year old with a great vocabulary. 

Puppet Pals Director's Pass ($2.99) is another awesome animation creation app! There is a Pocket version which is free but it has limited characters and settings. The upgrade gives you access to a lot more characters and also gives you the ability to import your own pictures for characters or setting which is super fun. One of the second grade teachers at my school just used Puppet Pals to create a Social Studies Fairy to teach her class about local and state government and then they used that information to create an Animoto. The kids LOVED the social studies fairy although the boys were convinced it was their teacher's voice. 

Show Me remains one of my all time favorite apps! I have blogged about it here and here. Show Me turns your iPad into a mini SMART Board essentially and allows you to record voice over whiteboard.  It is super easy to use and FREE! Show Me allows you to easily explain a range of topics to teach a lesson or assess students on their knowledge. Here are a few middle school student examples. As soon as you save your Show Me it is posted to the web! You can post a link or embed the actual Show Me on your class page. 

8th Grade Multi-Step Math Equation
This one is a great example of using this as an assessment tool. Obviously the girl is able to solve the problem and come up with the correct answer however, she has a big misconception and is reading the symbol incorrectly which causes her final graphing step to be incorrect. It is much easier to see where she went wrong over just her steps on a piece of paper.

Happy linking! I cannot wait to see what you think are Must Have Apps!!!


  1. I need to go check out Show Me. That's sound like a nifty little app. Thanks for hosting this linky. I'm hoping to find some great apps and advice for using my iPad.

    1. You're welcome! You should link up. I know if you have an iPad there is at least one app that you feel you must have! Join the fun!!! Thanks for stopping by and commenting. I hope you get some good apps and tips!

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    1. Thanks Sarah! You should link up. Even if you don't have an iPad you may suggest an app for Chrome or edmodo! Thanks for stopping by and commenting :)!

  3. Loving your site. I'm your newest follower and the latest link. Good luck with your linky party!

    Learn With Leah

    1. Thanks for linking up and following! I can't wait to check out your post!

  4. It is a coincidence that I found you today. I just posted about getting some good apps for a student who will be gone from school frequently due to an illness. Do you know or any of your followers know of any that would be good for fifth grade curriculum? I'll have to check your linky for ideas because I'm also getting my new iPhone this week :)

    Fifth in the Middle

    1. Hey Diane! I'm so glad you were able to use a prior post to link up and share some great apps. Educreations is a lot like Show Me! Stack the States is one of my favorites for teaching geography, the kids LOVE IT! I am not sure what state you are in but the Discovery US Geography app is amazing for 5th grade teaching US regions.
      I have many more recommendations but check that one out. It is $4.99 but well worth it! Thanks so much for linking up and leaving a comment!!!

  5. Thanks for hosting, Nikki. My kids would LOVE toontastic. I will have to look into it. I just linked up, too! Lattes and Laughter

    1. Hey Julia thanks for linking up!!! I just downloaded IMotion and Sushi Monster. I'd never heard of iMotion but it looks cool, can't wait to try it out. I saw Sushi Monster in the App Store today and it made me giggle because it was one of the top education apps. I thought it looked a little silly but it is a great math app! Thanks for the great recommendations!

  6. Hi Nikki!
    I'm your newest follower! ShowMe is the app that I use basically daily with my little kindergartners and 1st graders and I LOVE it...and so do they! I use it as a reading response activity and they just love to hear their voices coming from the iPads afterward!
    Thanks for all the tech ideas!
    Learning to the Core

    1. Hey Aylin! Thanks for following :)! I love that Show Me is so easy that it can be used with Kindergarteners and 1st graders! I have used it with 1st-8th! It is always funny to see which grades LIKE hearing and watching their Show Mes and which ones quickly save and are embarrassed by their voice.

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  8. I just found your website and I absolutely love it! We actually have a lot in common! I taught first grade for 10 years, literacy coach for 4 and now I work with teachers in integrating technology into the curriculum. I would love if you would check out my blog! I am about to join your linky party and post some of my favorite apps!

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