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Educational App Developer

We think that creativity is

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We think that creativity is essential to successful learning - we try to facilitate creativity in our apps as part of a three-part approach (the others parts being social and cognitive learning). When we built our app, we wanted kids to be able to explore the connection between problem solving skills and creativity. So that’s why we implemented a geometric puzzle builder tool in the app – we think it's a smart way to target creativity and reasoning with math to ultimately improve academic achievement. Since kids' creativity can absolutely be fostered by the learning environment that surrounds them, we think apps are a really great way to tap into the natural curiosity and imagination that all kids possess.

It's also a great visual platform for learning; the way the shapes can be manipulated and combined really helps children gain spatial awareness, particularly visualization skills, which is key to building further knowledge and skills in geometry.

On a related note we recently completed an article on the benefits of using apps as part of a wider educational experience, see here: http://www.lighthouselearning.com/educational-apps-for-kids/. It would be interesting to know if you support our conclusions. Also check out the trailer for the app and let us know what you think.

Artist and Educator

Great app suggestions! Thanks

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Great app suggestions! Thanks for adding these to the list.

Producer LD Podcast, Digital Media Consultant, Author

Some other apps to support

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Some other apps to support creativity that I love include:
Penultimate with Evernote- a journaling app
Ideate- another sketching app
Skitch-for screen shots and annotations-also works with evernote
Storylines- a way to create stories with multiple people
Comiclife- create your own comics
ithoughtsHD for brainstorming, and
Over is fun for adding words to pictures and snapshots.

Check also

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Check also www.SpiderScribe.net for mind mapping.

Artist, Educator, Dog Lover

[quote]No app, nor piece of

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[quote]No app, nor piece of technology, can produce this. It grows from the hearts, hands and guidance of a caring community. [/quote]
I love the fact that you point out that no app, not technology can produce creativity. It comes from your soul, and it must be nourished in an environment that encourages and rewards divergent thinking coupled with a design process.
For 20 years I have been teaching art, coupled with poetry and writing, as a reaction to a 'problem' presented. I was asked by my superintendent years ago if creativity can be taught. I told him that the environment can be made where the most reluctant child can feel empowered to raise her hand and voice her answer- even if it seems bizarre. "What if...?" is the best question you can ask in any class, and that is what I write about on my blog and share with anyone who will listen. Great post!

Artist and Educator

I couldn't agree more!

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I couldn't agree more!

Artist and Educator

So pleased you found it

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So pleased you found it helpful. Using apps for the decision making process holds great promise. They very useful for generating multiple versions of questions. Switching in and out images or sections of text within a user needs statement, is a great way to scaffold questioning.

former adaptive art teacher from Indiana, Pa.

While apps are wonderful lets

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While apps are wonderful lets not forget how much the art classes add to the students ability to think creatively. Unfortunately many schools are cutting back or cutting out the arts, This is devistating to creative kids who don't often excell at other subjects.

Education Consultant

Fantastic, Diane! I love

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Fantastic, Diane! I love these recommendations. I always struggle with the intersection of creativity and technology. Namely, how to capture, record, and reflect upon creative ideas and impulses. I have always used journals to help students capture their ideas, but creativity can be expressed in so many different ways. Drawing, taking pictures, making movies, capturing moments in time. A few of your suggestions I have not even heard of, so I'm looking forward to giving them all a try. Thanks for such a comprehensive and detailed list on how to use technology to capture the creative process. I will definitely be sharing!

Community Manager at Edutopia

Hi Joy, Many of the apps

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Hi Joy,

Many of the apps listed in the post are also available for Android. Given the size of the Android marketplace, it makes sense that their publishers want to take part in it.

For example, I just did a quick search on the first five links, and only GoodNotes didn't seem to be available for Android. Everything else--Evernote, MomentDiary, Iino, and Edmodo--was available.

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