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iOS Apps for World Language education

Technology resources for the World Language classroom

Resources and research    Storytelling    Audio recording

Video/photo     Assessment tools    Productivity/collaboration

French        Spanish        German         Japanese       

 


Resources and Research

I have compiled a fairly comprehensive list of Apps designed for Apple products (iPhone, iPod, and iPad). These Apps are helpful for both the learner and the educator. Many are free, some are under $5.00, and a few are major purchases (+$15.00). These lists will all update regularly with your input. Below are links to other experts in the mobile device technology area.

 

Mike Fisher's Livebinder for iPads in Schools

 

Melinda Larson-Horne: The World in Your Pocket
French teacher and technology coach

Martha Thornburgh: Opening Doors to Digital Learning
Digital Literacy Specialist at Mount Vernon Schools
Mr. (John) Smith's iPad Class
A true Apple fan with a well-designed plan.

Tony Vincent Learning in Hand
K-12 application of mobile technology

Steve Lai: Teaching with iPad
French teacher / Apple user

Chris ONeal: iPod Classroom
K-12 implementation and support

Apple Volume Purchase Program for Education
Discounted Apps for educational institutions
Classroom 2.0 Live Livebinder with Joe Dale
Technology in MFL/WL consultant and blogger
Langwitches / Sylvia Rosenthal Tolisano's iPads in Education
Technology in WL consultant and blogger
Canby School District's iPod User Group Wiki / Blog
Follow the powerful teaching and learning in the Canby school district.
French Apps for Kids
Sylvia Duckworth provides reviews for age-appropriate apps in French. I'm currently looking for similar sites for other languages.

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Apps for Digital Storytelling


 Shadow Puppet - Free  - Example

Import or take pictures and add a narration for each picture to create a multi-panel, shareable (Twitter, e-mail, link) movie. This app is very easy to use and will delight users.






Narrable - Free (choose educator option on the Web site)

The Narrable app is a simplified versio of the Web site. Choose pictures and narrate each one to create a short presentation. Teachers may share projects with students and multiple students may comment on others' projects. This site and app work well together.


Yakit Kids - Free - Example

Import a picture (person or animal), choose a mouth, and bring your character to life. Students could choose historical figures and describe their lives or discuss the descriptions of animals. Projects can be saved to the camera roll and share by link, YouTube, or social media.

 



PicPlay Text - Free

Take or import pictures, add text, music or audio, photo effects, and transitions to produce a short video that can be shared from the photo app and social media. 



Buncee Bits - Free - Web site for educators - Paid options

Take or import pictures, add text, frames, and drawings to create an annotated picture. The app includes several backgrounds and color schemes to inspire storytellers.


Scribble Press Book Maker - $3.99 / iPad only

Create a basic book with pictures, text, and drawings. The templates are in English, so World Language teachers will not be able to use this function. However, the prompts could be used as guidelines for beginning writers. I enjoy the ability to draw and add stickers to the pages.
 


30Hands - Free

App and Web-based tool that uses images and audio recordings to author engagaging presentations. 




Haiku Deck - Free
 
Create beautiful slideshows with pictures and a small amount of text. The templates

encourage the use of fewer words and more expressive images.







StoryKit - Free

Use pictures and text to make a simple storybook. 

My first 3 minute trial. So easy, so fun!

 



Blurb - Free

Blub is a quick way to create and share short, engaging interactive visual stories.

Critique: It's a good app that occasionally crashes when converting to video.


Phonto  - Free

Create and share stories using text, pictures, and drawing tools.
 


My Story - $1.99

Impressive shareable story-building app. Narrate and annotate pictures and drawings.
 


Tell a Story - $0.99

Basic audio book builder with sound effects and sharing capabilities - No images except for the cover page.



eBook Magic - $4.99

Versatile storytelling tool using text, pictures, and narrations with multiple sharing options. 

 

Pixntell - Free

Create basic presentations using pictures and narration.
 

Storyrobe - Free

Import and narrate pictures to create shareable presentations. No text option.

 

 

SonicPics Lite - Free / $2.99 full version

Use images and narration to create shareable slideshows.

 

 

Comic Touch - Free

Use pictures and speech bubbles to create comic strips.

 



Strip Designer (iPad only) - $2.99

Create personal comic strips using the photos from your photo album or iDevice camera.

 



Sock Puppets - Free

Add Puppets, props, scenery, and backgrounds to create lip-synched videos.

 



Toontastic - Free with in-App purchases

Draw, animate, and share cartoons.





Puppet Pals - Free

Create shareable presentations with animation and audio.

 

 


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Audio recording


AudioBoo - Free

Create 3 minute (on free edition) recordings to post online (AudioBoo, Twitter, Facebook, Posterous, or Tumblr).



Chirbit - $0.99

Upload recordings to blogs, Twitter, and other social networks. Follow other users, but use caution when choosing accounts.



Dragon Dictation - Free

Voice-to-text recognition software capable of sending Tweets, e-mails, and notes. This could be useful for hesitant learners or advanced users.



iPadio - Free

Record and broadcast up to 60 minutes of audio to various social media networks.

 


SoundCloud - Free

Record, broadcast, and share audio. Follow other users, but use caution when choosing accounts.


Tellagami - Free

Customize an avatar and add a message to share via various social networks.




Fotobabble - Free

Take or choose a picture from your device's camera and record a message. The picture and recording will be uploaded to your account page and can be embedded in various social media sites.
 



BuddyPoke / Zoobe Pets - Free

Create personalized talking avatars (like Voki) to share through iMessages or e-mail.  


VoiceThread - Free for 5 threads - $5.99/month subscription

Create and share conversations threads based on images or documents.



Cinchcast - Free

Attach an image and share unlimited audio recordings via social networks.

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Video / Photo
 
 

Thinglink - Teacher Web-based example - Blog post on ThinglinkFree

App and web-based tool that allows users to annotate images with videos, text, links, and other pictures.

 

Aviary - Free

When working with images, it's helpful to have an easy-to-use editor. There are many free editors available, but this is the one my students have chosen.
Instagram is an option, but can lead to issues with social sharing. 



Animoto - Free / Subscription for longer videos $4.99/month

Use images, text and, music to make engaging videos.



iMovie - $4.99

Create Hollywood-style movie trailers and HD movies to share via social networks. 
 


Photo Dice - Free

Customize dice with pictures and text to create unique speaking activities.



Photo Pad - Free

Photo editing app with several filters and options.



TypeDrawing- $2.99

Import pictures to create personalized watermarks and captions with stylized text and stamps.



WordFoto - $1.99

Turn photos and text into typographic. Import a picture, add text (word-by-word), and the app uses the word to form the picture. 


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Assessment and review tools

Visit the AATF Tech Blog to learn more about Mobile Learning and Assessment.



Quizlet (Apple & Android) / Web site - Free (with premium option available)
Create flashcards with pictures and audio (choose a language) to review vocabulary  with cards, learn, and match activities. The Web site offers more options to review. Cards made on the Web site can be accessed on the devices.
 


A+Pro / Quizlet (web-based) - Free

Create flashcards with images and text on Quizlet and download the set to A+Pro. Quizlet offers several activities to practice words. It does not require a mobile device and activities can be shared. 



A+ Test - Free
 
Basic spelling test generator with four review/test activities. Add spelling words and pronunciation. Activities cannot be shared. Each individual device would need to be set-up. Alternatively, students could make lists for each other.



eClicker Student - Free / eClicker Host Teacher App -$9.99

Build assessments either online or on a mobile device. Questions may be T/F, agree-disagree, and multiple choice. Add images from Camera roll or draw freehand. The teacher host must be running for the students to access the quiz. Quizzes may be accessed from mobile devices or computers. The activities are shareable.  



gFlash+ - Free with upgrades options.

Using GoogleDocs, the gWhiz catalogue, and other resources (Quizlet and StudyStack, create flashcards for review. With upgrades ($0.99), card sets may be shared.  





InfuseLearning - Free

Read my blog post about InfuseLearning. While InfuseLearning is not an app, it may be accessed by any smart device or computer. It is by far the best (as of 6 Jan 2013), option for student review and assessment that I have used.




Nearpod - Free for 10 presentations / $10-per-month or school district subscriptions.

A powerful tool for teacher-student presentations. Teachers create multimedia (video, text, images, graphs) presentations (Web-based) and share with students through the Nearpod app. Teachers monitor student progress through the presentations. Pre-planning and serious preparation is required to integrate this amazing tool. It is best used on iPad.



Socrative (web-based) / Socrative App - Free

Read the blog post about Socrative. InfuseLearning and Socrative are very similar: Student reports, multiple question formats, sharing capabilities, etc. Socrative has an app for iOS, but does not include the drawing/link sharing option.



QuizCast - Free (app) / Subscription rates

Create activities and quizzes on the Web site and share with students on mobile devices. As of 6 Jan 2013, I have not tried this app.



Productivity / Collaboration

Dropbox - Free (with optional upgrades)
Share documents, pictures, uploads with students through Dropbox. The class iPods share one account, but users may share with anyone. Dropbox is mobile and Web-based. Eliminate photocopies and e-mails by sharing everything in one folder. Some apps allow users to upload directly from the device to Dropbox.





Evernote - Free (with optional upgrades)
Please expore Nick Provenzano's Epic Evernote Experiment to learn about the in-depth uses of Evernote for class collaboration. Evernote is Web and app-based. It is an impressive way to curate and share between users. I have used it for basic activities, but am exploring its more meaningful uses. Share notes, pictures, links, voice memos, and much more. Some apps allow users to upload directly from the device to Evernote.  It will be essential for WL teachers to adapt this productivity tool as the era of printed textbooks comes to a close.
 


GoogleDrive - Free

Very similar to Dropbox, but the content is linked through a Google account. My class iPods are linked to one account to which I can upload copious amounts of information for the students. Students may create basic documents or send pictures from their device. GoogleDrive is also Web-based and accessible from anywhere.










Posterous - Free

Post pictures, videos, and text to a personal Posterous page/blog and to other social media networks. If class iDevices are linked to the same account, students can share information automatically. 






Explain Everything - $2.99

Screencasting, and interactive whiteboard tool that lets you annotate, animate, narrate, import, and export almost anything to and from almost anywhere.


Create slides, draw in any color, add shapes, add text, and use a laser pointer. Rotate, move, scale, copy, paste, clone, and lock any object added to the stage.


ShowMe Interactive Whiteboard - Free

If you are looking to "flip" your classroom (offer presentations outside of the classroom, etc.) or just provide extra content, ShowMe is a good tool. Students and teachers can build interactive presentations that are recorded as the presenter talks. These lessons can be share on iPads and online on the ShowMe Web site.


Educreations - Free
Much like ShowMe, Educreations allows users to build video lessons that can be shared online and through iPads. This recordable whiteboard app offers teachers the option to customize learning for different learning styles.




Screen Chomp - Free
Record It. Sketch It. Share It. - to create a sharable, replay-able video that tells your story clearly.


Knowmia - Free / Teach Pro - 14.99 (limited time - August 2014)

Lesson planning and recording tool for teachers and students. Create short video lessons on any subject and publish them on Knowmia.com so studentscan find them. Knowmia Teach makes it easy to bring in visual aids from multiple sources, organize them in steps (like slides in a presentation) and use your own voice, face and fingers to bring your lesson to life. 
 

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