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AppSense: Create, Demonstrate, and Communicate

Apps that encourage creativity and self expression

by Linda Corbett, CALT



Creativity is a critical but often underserved component in education. When are you the happiest? (When you are creating.) Creativity can develop early when children are given opportunities to express themselves through open-ended activities such as storytelling, journal or diary writing, creating movies and trailers, or through artistic expression.

Children have an innate love of stories. Stories create magic and a sense of wonder at the world. They teach us about life, ourselves, and others. Stories promote feelings of well-being and relaxation and help our children consider new ideas and offer insights into others' traditions and values. Having students create and tell stories increases a child's willingness to engage their imagination, communicate his or her thoughts and feelings, and develop verbal proficiency.

Journaling and or/diary writing has emerged as the cornerstone of writing education. Asking children to reflect on their day is an important learning activity. Summertime is the perfect time to begin a daily habit of sharing the important events in your children's lives. Research shows that students who write journals become more interested in writing and that overall writing improves. Since students are not judged on their writing skills, and are given free-rein to express themselves and what is important to them, the use of a journal or diary among students promotes expression, voice, self-confidence, and creativity.

Lastly, we have long known that art and creativity go hand-in-hand. As Richelle E. Goodrich stated so perfectly, “Artistry exists in everyone. What makes it blossom is a soul’s personal desire to find an outlet for expression.”

I will be sharing with you some Storytelling, Journaling, Diary Writing, and Artistry apps to engage and inspire your kids. So get started creating!



Super Duper Storymaker
  • Super Duper Storymaker (iPad, iOS 5.1+) Free/$2.99
    Story Maker has two screens - Create Story and Tell Story. In Create Story you make your own stories, as well as edit and change them. In Tell Story you read, tell, and talk about your stories. For extra fun you can record your voice and other sounds and have everyone listen to them. Choose your own setting or use one of the drop-down settings that have already been chosen to create your back drop of your story.

Book Creator
  • Book Creator (iPad, iOS 6.0+) $4.99
    Winner of Parents Choice Award. Use Book Creator to create your own personalized story. Easy to learn and intuitive to use. Watch your children's imagination run free creating stories of their own to share. Choose from 3 Book Sizes: Portrait, Landscape, or Square. Add pictures from Photos or grab them from the web. Move, resize and rotate. Import video and music, and record speech within the app. Send books to friends or family over e-mail, to iTunes or Dropbox or to a web data server. Print using Airprint, or export as a PDF.

Kid's Journal
  • Kid's Journal (iPad, iOS 5.0+) $1.99
    Kid's Journal allows for children to easily focus on content of their reflection with a very easy to use interface to write about their day. This one is great for younger early writers. This App allows you to create multiple journals, where students to be logged in simultaneously. Easy to use TOUCH FEATURES: Child decides how the day has been, setting of the activity, and weather outside. Photo‘s may be uploaded from your photo library or may take with your camera. Users can export entries or entries between certain dates to your iBooks OR send books to friends or family via Evernote, Edmodo, and Whiteboard or any web data server or screen casting apps. Print using Airprint, or export as a PDF

iDiary for Kids
  • iDiary for Kids (iPad, iOS 5.0+) Free/$1.99
    iDiary for Kids is a powerful journaling app for children 5-13. Keeping a journal or diary helps children improve their writing skills, develop their creativity and boost their self confidence. iDiary not only allows typing entries, but also for drawing or writing on the screen with your finger or stylus. Multiple diaries can be created. Entries are password protected. Easy to add photos from photo gallery. May type or write entries with several fonts available with small or large text choice. Users are able to write, draw or illustrate with felt-tip marker, pen, or crayon and decorate with fun stickers. App also includes a photo scrapbook album and address book. Option for time stamped entries and calendar for quick jump to any date. May share and or save entries.

Day One
  • Day One (iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch iOS 6.0+) $4.99
    A more sophisticated Journaling Diary than previously mentioned apps. Enter memories, ideas, events, and photos and have them sent to your devices using iCloud or Dropbox. Allows Tags & #hashtags, GPS locations, Foursquare Places, Weather and temperature data (3 Day Historical), Calendar view, Search, Passcode lock, Reminders, E-mail entries (HTML or Plain text).

Write About This
  • Write About This (iPad iOS 6.0+) Free/$2.99
    Many options and tools from which to choose for writing. Need help or writing ideas? App has a Search Feature: Provides Writing Categories: Adventure/ Animals/ Careers/ Culture with pictures and question prompts. Or one can choose a picture from your photo library and start the writing process on your own. Share stories with friends via e-mail.

  • iMovie (iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch, iOS 7.0+) $4.99
    A fast and fun movie making app that puts everything you need to tell your story at your fingertips. Share your finished projects by saving in your camera roll and sending via e-mail or iMessage or upload to YouTube, Facebook, Vimeo, or CNN Report. Two movie making options: Create beautiful HD Movies or Build Hollywood Style Movie Trailers. Planning page Template. You up-load pictures or video and insert. Create your story line.

  • Toontastic (iPad, iOS 5.1+) Free/$1.99 - $14.99
    Through imaginative play Toontastic is a creative learning tool that empowers children as young as five to create and share their own cartoons. It is as simple as putting on a puppet show, chose your story elements and record while using your fingers on screen to move your characters around. Once completed, Toontastic will play back your animation and voice. Writers are voice-guided through the process of using a story arc teaching the key elements of a narrative. You can up-load and share your creations to http:// or view others stories. Included is an excellent parent teacher guide.

Sock Puppets
  • Sock Puppets (iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch, iOS 4.1+) Free/$3.99
    Be a Sock Puppeteer! Create your own puppet show movie by following a step-by-step guide to animating and lip synching your socks and characters. Start new projects, open saved projects, and purchase add-ons from the store. You will be directed to a screen to choose your characters and background selection. You can select up to five backgrounds at a time. You can also import your own backgrounds right from your camera roll. You can also choose props and scenery to spruce up your puppet show. Sharing is caring. You may up-load your puppet movies and send to friends either by Facebook, YouTube, or saving to your photos and sending by e-mail.

Paint Sparkles Draw
  • Paint Sparkles Draw (iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch, iOS 4.3+) Free
    With beautiful graphics and exciting new features, this is everyone’s favorite new coloring book. Magical sound in background as you are creating your piece. Good palette of color options and brush tools available. Save your drawings to gallery or share with others.

  • Scribblify (iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch, iOS 4.3+) Free/$1.99
    A drawing and painting tool for children and adults of all ages. From natural to abstract and everything in between. Packed with 42 hand crafted brushes, preset backgrounds, advanced color effects, minor drawing capabilities and social sharing ensures hours of endless entertainment. Create your own designs.

Meritum Paint
  • Meritum Paint (iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch, iOS 5.0+) Free/$2.99
    Take your art and illustrations to a new level with advanced tools and features. Paid version a good choice for professional illustrators and artist. An all-in-one art studio on your smart phone and tablet device.

Draw Everything! Glow Note
  • Draw Everything! Glow Note (iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch, iOS 5.0+) Free/$1.99
    Create eye catching notes, pictures, cards, signs for family and friends. Add text- many colors and fill-in options. Create movement, add stickers, write or draw, add background music for sound effects. Upload images from photo album. Eye catching and FUN!