Been awhile since I did a simple post on some cool exciting tools you can try in your classroom. I have two IOS and one great universal tools you can use with your students right now.
First is AutoDraw. This just went live as of April 11, Tony Vincent showed a great Periscope on using AutoDraw. This program is universal it works from a tablet to your own desktop device. What you do is select a color and then go ahead and try to make a basic drawing. Let’s say, you were just drawing a simple circle. Once you have created your circle the top ribbon will give shape suggestions. You can select the shape you are trying to draw and it will automatically create the shape in that color. You can also fill the colors, add text, shapes and move them around. You can then export it as a PNG file. Sadly, AutoDraw does not give you a transparent background, but for clipart or station work. AutoDraw is perfect for your classroom whether you are on an iPad or a chromebook.
The second is ABC- Magnetic Alphabet, Craig Bandura introduced me to this on his Instagram. Magnetic Alphabet comes in both a free lite version and full paid $1.99 VPP .99. This app teaches kids how to write in magnetic lettering on your iPad. Students can click both letters and characters to form words and sentences. You can create holiday cards, changing background and then download it to your device. This is a great for stations, word work and ELA.
The last one is Clips for IOS. Clips is a new app for making fun videos to share with friends, family, and the world. With a few taps you can create and send a video message or tell a quick story with animated text, graphics and emoji, music, and more. You can create your own gifs, videos, tutorials and moment.