The first week of school is nearly upon us and many elementary teachers are busy dusting off their "All About Me" projects. Why not try something a little different using these easy-to-use iPad apps that promote creativity?
Students use the visually appealing app, Haiku Deck, to choose four adjectives that truthfully describe themselves and include one "fantasy" characteristic (perhaps something they hope to do or achieve during the year). Students can use the Creative Commons photos within the app or import from the iPad camera roll. While sharing the presentations, students can try to guess the identity of each presentation's creator. The class can also discuss the meaning of the adjectives shared in the presentations and try to determine which adjective is the "fantasy" word. Share on the iPad or create a class account and save to the Haiku Deck website.
Students turn a list of their favorite things (up to 10 items) into a cool typographic work of art! Students use the iPad app, WordFoto, to take a picture of themselves or an object to represent themselves. They then create a word set that lists (up to 10 items) things such as their favorite color, food, school subject, sport, animal, etc. Share the unique creations via email, Facebook or save to the photo library on the iPad.
Create a name acrostic collage that features photos of students' interests using the Pic Collage app. Students use the text, background, photos from the web and/or use camera features of the app to create a picture collage. Each picture represents something that the student likes that begins with a letter from his/her name. Students could also draw their own images, edit the photos or add stickers using this cool app. Final collages can be shared via Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, Instagram, email or saved to the photo library on the iPad.
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