We have recently purchased two iPad minis for the library to use with classes thanks to a grant. We are hoping to eventually get up to about 10 or 12 so students can work in small groups to use apps (you can help us do this with our Donor’s Choose project!). The first ones I am considering using are the Stickbot app for stop motion animation, Chatterpix for kids to do something similar to Blabberize (but easier), and Shadowpuppets edu that allows kids to create narrated slide shows. All would still include research, but would give them some different, more fun and more thoughtful presentation forms than simply writing it out somehow. Did I mention these are all free apps? (Although I did buy a Stikbot kit that includes a green screen, a blue screen, and some poseable people from Costco.)
I am especially excited about the stop motion animation because in order to create it, the students have to actually understand it, storyboard it, think of how to represent it, and then create. I also think it will get them far more engaged and excited about a project.
What apps do you use in the classroom or library and what would you recommend for me?