You may not have even been aware that Google has an Arts and Culture division that has a ton of content for classes to explore. From using our VR headsets to tour the Louvre, or delving into the culture of a particular country through art and architecture, this resource is worth checking out.
CLIPS is a relatively new app (also a site) that was released late last year. It is a FANTASTIC alternative to iMovie, especially for our lower school students as it allows for an engaging, visual project but can be condensed into a one-off lesson. It is simple in its layout and can be used in a variety of ways. From narrating and animating a story or poem, to labeling parts of the ecosystem, to breaking down the cause and effect of a moment in history, it is all very easy and engaging for our students. It can also be a powerful tool for our youngest learners because of its ability to show the words you speak in “real time”. The possibilities for students to be able to narrate and illustrate their own books with words that fly out on the screen in any style they choose is really exciting. Clips is available on all school iPads (including the Library if students would like to check one out for a project).
PicsArt is a more advanced photo editor than pic collage, but simple enough for a first grader to begin to explore simple editing tools as they develop their interest in photography. It is both an app available on school iPads, as well as a site. Older students can take advantage of this photo editing tool for “app-smashing” and incorporating into broader projects.
ScrapColoring is a website, not an app. It is one additional option for younger students to explore different mediums, patterns, and digital art tools but is simple to use. It has additional links to origami tutorials and more.
Bomomo is very simplistic in appearance and ease of use. It uses elements of symmetry and shapes to allow students to create somewhat of a kaleidoscope effect of an image. While it is somewhat limited in the style of art students can create, it is easy for even the youngest students to navigate as they learn texture.
MoMA Art Lab is a great app for JK through 5th-grade students to experiment with design. For older students, there are activities that reinforce various styles throughout art history. It is free and child-friendly. One great feature it possesses is the bank of activities that can help guide and teach students while they create.
Pic Collage is an easy way for our younger students to make digital cards, collages, etc… It is a free app that provides plenty of content on its own, though be aware that the in-app purchases are present and kids can want to add stickers that are not free.
Drawing Pad is a “go to” app for digital drawing and creating. It is an especially strong tool for “app smashing” between other apps such as book creator. It is a great beginner tool for JK and SK but can also work for students who want to do more as you can draw/mark right on photos, tell stories, label etc…
Stone Soup has been around for a while but it is still one of the top online literary magazines where students can submit their writing or art. Because of the frequency of publication, there is a greater likelihood of one of our young writers or artists being honored.
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