The iPad apps I love are those that encourage kids to create content. By creating digital stories and other communications, children can reach out to an authentic audience to share their ideas. This contributes to kids’ literacy skills, often enhancing their reading and writing and giving them powerful motive for self-expression.
Here are some iPad apps I like that encourage creative thinking, with brief summaries and links to my reviews:
Read Write Think’s Word Mover: This is like magnet poetry. Kids can choose words to add to a background and create a poem of their own. Read more at The Book Chook.
Read Write Think’s Trading Card: Kids can make their own trading cards for real or fictional characters, fictional and real places, even vocabulary words. Great to use with literature! Read more at The Book Chook.
Haiku Deck: Much more than a slide deck, Haiku Deck encourages users to set their stories free. Children can use the app’s in-built CC licensed images or their own from the camera roll, then add captions to create a digital story. I LOVE this app! Read more at The Book Chook.
Comic Book: Kids combine photos, text, effects and stickers to create digital stories. Read more at The Book Chook.
Strip Designer: A wonderful visual way for children to demonstrate learning, or just communicate with an audience. Stickers can be added to the strips that kids can actually draw for themselves. Read more at The Book Chook.
Night Zookeeper Drawing Torch: This app really encourages kids to think creatively while they carry out quirky drawing missions. Read more at The Book Chook.