Wednesday, March 7, 2012

App-ily Ever After

This was a great session by author Ann Dixon on apps for the iPad: books and educational applications for children. She described the story apps as being on a continuum between a printed book and a video. We looked at several examples and my short notes are below.

· Moo, Baa, La La La! Interactive, sounds, read aloud, a bit musical

· Harold and the Purple Crayon touch tale, tutorial available

· Ladybug Girl read to me, read myself, interactive costume

· Pedlar Lady of Gushing Cross older reads, amazing illustrations, more video-ish

· Alice in New York flashy and lots of text for older readers

· Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star choose adult or child voice, more video-ish, singing the song

· The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris great story, video-ish, started as an app, then video, then became a book.

· Spot the Red Dot interactive, colors, shapes, varied, changes each time,

· Brave Rooney super heros, reading poetry

· Van Gogh’s Sunflower interactive puzzle, painting, historical info, gallery of paintings

· Bats- not on the list, nonfiction, chapters, map, interactive, excellent for non-linear learners

Throughout the presentation I was able to identify multiple uses of the stories apps with kids. Kirkus offers a review of story apps. Ann demonstrated how to connect an iPad to a interactive whiteboard for shared exploration and viewing.

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