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10 Awesome Apps and Sites that Spark Creativity

November 01, 2013
Ellen Holderman
Common Sense Education

CATEGORIES In the Classroom, Technology Integration, Tools
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It's Top-Picks Friday! This week we are featuring apps and websites that empower your students to express their ideas through art, music, theater, and much more.

To see the rating of each app, game, or website, visit the Top-Picks List "Awesome Apps and Sites for the Arts." 

Photo by US Department of Education.

 

Mozilla Popcorn Maker
Popcorn Maker is a free and open web app for video editing and remix. Popcorn is an excellent resource for helping kids present their learning visually, and it offers both teachers and students the opportunity to consider and discuss new media topics like fair use, remix, and video editing. Read full review.

Animoto Video Maker
The world of digital storytelling gets cracked open with Animoto Video Maker. This tool lets kids 13 and older combine pictures, video, music, and text to make video slideshows on a mobile device. It connects to an auto-generated Animoto web account so teens can create, share, and access videos on a computer, too. Read full review.

Google Art Project
Google Art Project amasses more than 30,000 great works from real-world collections and presents them in virtual galleries. Kids can search art by museum collection or artist and can browse artists and artworks alphabetically or by user-curated collections. Read full review.

Noteflight
Students can use the cloud-based Noteflight application to write and share music online. Kids put musical skills into practice as they create original compositions. They can change songs in a variety of ways, including transposing them or changing the time signature, and hear the outcome. Read full review.

Sound Shapes
Sound Shapes is a visually stunning platform puzzle game set to a rich musical soundscape that evolves as players interact with the environment. While the arcade action part of the game provides a rich musical track that's influenced by a player's actions, the real learning happens in a mode where players experiment with creating their own musical games. Read full review.

SketchBook Pro
Sketchbook Pro is a full-featured app with an arsenal of tools for creating digital art, offering tools available in the desktop version with the ease of a sketchbook on an iPad or other tablet. Teens can choose brushes and colors, draw using mirror image, move and rotate and arrange objects, and work with layers. Read full review.

Faces iMake - Right Brain Creativity
Faces iMake - Right Brain Creativity is a highly engaging brain-building tool that encourages kids to think differently as they make collage faces out of everyday objects. Although it's ostensibly an art app, the gentle challenge to and encouragement of creative thinking crosses over into generalized learning. Read full review.

The Beatles Rock Band
The Beatles: Rock Band is a rhythm action game that lets kids play and sing along with 45 Beatles songs using specially designed guitar, bass, drum, and microphone controllers. Players press, tap, or sing the correct rhythms and pitches to match the symbols on the screen. Read full review.

Animoto
The Beatles: Rock Band is a rhythm action game that lets kids play and sing along with 45 Beatles songs using specially designed guitar, bass, drum, and microphone controllers. Players press, tap, or sing the correct rhythms and pitches to match the symbols on the screen. Read full review.

Shakespeare's The Tempest for iPad
Shakespeare's The Tempest for iPad includes the full text of the play, audio performed by actors on the London stage, and tools and resources to promote social reading and discussion of the play. Teens can annotate the play within the app and share their notes with a study or Facebook group if they want to. Read full review.

 

What websites or apps do you use to spark student's creativity in the classroom? Sign in to comment below.

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Dolores Russo
Independent teaching
iTeachPhoto, Kissimmee, FL

Hard time reading the entries here Might have been my computer but everything was in a column on the right side.  On the left side were icons for the apps that were surrounded by lots of white space. I teach computer graphics and am looking for some good apps to recommend to other teachers in my district.

I'm very new at this site and will continue to explore - looks great!