Our kids at ENSC make a big transition in 5th grade. They move from the simplicity and user friendliness of an iPad to a Lenovo Yoga Tablet equipped with Windows 8 and full admin permissions. This is a big learning curve for a 5th grader. On my end of things, it’s hard to find web apps and sites for students under the age of 13 that are appropriate and useful to instruction. Remember, it’s a tool, not a toy. On an iPad, these kids were always ready with a whiteboard, calculator, email, camera, etc. Here’s a tool that will help.
Write on your tablet without downloading, signing in, or creating an account – and no need to visit the Microsoft App Store.
Introducing AWWAPP – a web based whiteboard.
It’s two steps:
1. Visit https://awwapp.com/draw.html
2. Click Pencil / Color / Start Writing!
Tip 1: save a screenshot to submit to your teacher later.
PS: This also works on iOS in the safari browser.
Works instantly = no account, no username, no wait – because sometimes you just need a quick whiteboard.
One of the challenges that Zack and I have faced the last few weeks is finding apps that allow primary students to create on an iPod. Sure, there are a lot of apps out there that help kids practice and develop skills, but most of the production opportunities are with the iPads and are too complex for a kindergartener or a first grader to use. Doodle Buddy has worked well in the past, but teachers obviously need more than one free app that will allow the students to be creative. This week I came across an app called Story Kit. (New to me, not to iPods.) I think this app will really allow young students to show their creative abilities. The kids have the option to take pictures, add text, and record their voice while reading it. I could see this being used in all content areas. It could be to demonstrate a skill, publish a story, publish a how-to book, share an event, etc. Not only that, but it is a pretty simple and straight-forward app. I hope to have the opportunity in the near future to work with some teachers and students on a project using Story Kit.