Educational Apps For Developing Student Creativity

As students get settled in for the semester and look to transition from all the fun in the sun, there are plenty of solutions out there to help educators reach students at all levels and in new ways. From software to hardware and everything in between, the ever-evolving tools used in education can help students creatively shape their understanding more powerfully than ever before.

“ Imagination is more important than knowledge. Knowledge is limited. Imagination encircles the world.” — Einstein

The iPad is becoming an increasingly important educational tool, empowering students and teachers alike to teach and learn in new and more interactive ways. The core of this is the eco-system created by the ever-expanding diverse range of Apps, which allow for new and targeted experiences. There are thousands of education apps, books, and courses, so lessons come to life like never before. The iPad has software designed exclusively for educators, so you can manage your classroom and collaborate with students in all-new ways. In addition to this, students can take their learning beyond the classroom with the iPad. So how do you make sure you keep their attention?

Curate information in an information rich world.

We all start with a blank canvas in this world. Children learn from their parents about how to adapt and function towards a particular endeavor. The internet has unlocked unlimited amounts of information and has shifted our thinking from needing to remember critical information to needing to know how to access the right information at the right time. The curation of information and teaching the next generation how to curate information will lead to faster learning, better experiences and less frustration. Many apps are extremely helpful in focusing a specific learning experience, and this can be very effective in helping students learn. Thinking in silos can be good to remain focused, but it is more important to also teach the beginner’s mindset, the mindset to understand how things are ideated and created without the help of all the resources that have been built by others.

Empower original thinking, and transform ideas into reality.

With so many options out there how can you even begin?

It is important to understand what you would like out of any tool, in this case, an application. So if you want your students to get better at drawing, you obviously look for drawing tools. But what about a more creative output, a more colorful and dynamic tool that is not necessary apart from a black and white niche topic? Yes, drawing increases creativity, with that being said drawing and sketching are not only for design students and artists but is a critical piece in any student’s evolution of original thought. This list intends to bridge both education, productivity, and knowledge all while enabling imagination and empowering original ideas. It is not meant to be an exhaustive and comprehensive list, rather just another sign to point the next generation in the right direction.

Use learning tools that are as visually compelling as the entertainment apps competing for the students limited attention.

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Green Screen by Do Ink

The app lets you combine photos and videos from the camera roll with live images from your iPad or iPhone’s camera. With Green Screen by Do Ink, you can tell a story, explain an idea, and express yourself in truly creative and unique ways.

Mindmeister

This app makes it easy to map out the relationships between ideas. For complex group projects, it can also provide a way to quickly visualize and create a project outline, together.

Shadow Puppet

Easily Capture and Share Student Work. Create videos in the classroom with Shadow Puppet Edu. Students capture learning with photos and videos of physical work, or by adding digital creations. Everything is uploaded and kept organized for teachers.