Curriculum App Reviews - Fine Arts (K-6)
Title:  Animation Creator
Publisher: Red Software
Available For:  iPad, iPod Touch, iPhone
Cost:  Lite version free, Regular version $.99, HD version $1.99
Review:   This app could be used in any subject but I chose fine arts.  Students will have a blast creating animated videos on their iPods and iPads.  Students can create just about anything their imaginations think to review and assess knowledge of subject areas.  Use it as a reward and watch your class behavior change completely.  The app also supports audio.
Submitted By:  Jonathan Smith, Canton City Schools


Title:
Book Creator
Publisher:  Red Jumper Studio
Available For:  iPad, iPod Touch, iPhone
Cost:  $6.99
Review:   While a little pricey for an app, this gem can be used for a variety of purposes in any curriculum area which makes it worth the money.  Create your own iBooks right on your iPad using text as well as photos.  Once finished, the books can be opened in iBooks or other similar apps on your iPad.  It's so easy to use that your students will be creating books right away!  Stand back and watch the creativity flow!
Submitted By:  Deb Tschirhart, SOITA


Title:
BrainPop Featured Movie
Publisher: BrainPop
Available For:  iPad, iPod Touch, iPhone
Cost:  Free
Review:  BrainPop is an oldie but goodie when it comes to educational videos on the Internet.  Tim and Moby bring educational videos and quizzes to you in this wonderful app.  Each day, there is a new movie.  You will not have access to all of the BrainPop movies but one per day is pretty cool.  Great app.
Submitted By:  Jonathan Smith, Canton City Schools


Title: GarageBand
Publisher: Apple
Available For:  iPad, iPod Touch, iPhone
Cost:  $4.99
Review:  GarageBand is Apple's wonderful app for creating music.  This app allows students to create music using various instruments and preloaded beats.  Students will have fun using this app in many different ways.  Students could create their own iPad band, compose music, and even create audio recordings.  The possibilities are endless!
Submitted By:  Jonathan Smith, Canton City Schools


Title: iMovie
Publisher: Apple
Available For:  iPad, iPod Touch, iPhone
Cost:  $4.99
Review:  iMovie is an amazing app from Apple that allows users to create movies on their iPods and iPads.  This app makes it easy to import photos and movies to create your very own.  It's like having a movie editing studio in your pocket. I have used iMovie in class to have students create vodcasts of concepts they have learned in class.  Students can take pictures of things around the school and then make movies.  Students can also take video clips and edit them on the iPods.  Wow.  Kids will be so engaged in the learning process that they won't want to leave.
Submitted By:  Jonathan Smith, Canton City Schools



Title: MoMA AB EX NY
Publisher:  MoMA, The Museum of Modern Art
Available For:  iPad, iPod Touch, iPhone
Cost:  Free
Review:   New York’s Museum of Modern Art is now available to anyone with an iPad. All images included with this app are in high resolution and make for a brilliant display of art. This app has won numerous awards for being one of the best museum apps produced. If the works of art don’t blow you away than the videos surrounding key works of art will. This app has so many features that writing about them does it no justice, check this app out today! 
Submitted By:  Scott Dickerson, Hamilton City Schools


Title: Puppet Pals
Publisher: Polished Play
Available For:  iPad, iPod Touch, iPhone
Cost:  Free
Review:  Puppet Pals allows you to create your own unique puppet show that is made into a video.  The video is saved in the app and can be exported to share with others.  There is an in-app purchase that is well worth the money.  For $2.99 you get additional characters and backdrops to use in your puppet shows.  In addition to that, you have the ability to use your own photos as characters, props, and backdrops.  Imagine what your students could create! They'll love this app!
Submitted By:  Deb Tschirhart, SOITA


Title: Qvik Sketch Pro
Publisher: Qvik
Available For:  iPad, iPod Touch, iPhone
Cost:  $.99
Review: Sketch Pro is a fun little app that allows users to sketch on your iPod or iPad.  Ability level does not matter in this app.  This app is fun for children of all ages and ability levels.  I use this app as a reward for good behavior but it can also be used in art classes to create digital artwork.
Submitted By:  Jonathan Smith, Canton City Schools


Title: Relaxing Nature Scenes
Publisher: Red Hammer Software
Available For:  iPad, iPod Touch, iPhone
Cost:  Free
Review:   Compose ambient music with six interactive nature themes and 35 individually adjustable sounds. Compositions may be mixed and saved for later playback.  Includes a digital clock as well as night and wake up timers.  No advertisements.  Full version available for $0.99.  May be used for any curriculum level to create background atmospheric music for podcasts, readings, presentations.
Submitted By:  Rhonda Dickinson, South-Western City Schools


Title: TempoPerfect
Publisher:  NCH Software
Available For:  iPhone, iTouch, iPad
Cost:  Free
Review: TempoPerfect simulates a metronome which provides a precise beat both visually and audibly.  Use in 5th-7th grade math classes to demonstrate the concept of “constant rate” by comparing 60 beats per minute to 120 beats per minute.  Use in health classes to simulate heart beats per minute for different levels of physical activity.   Musicians can use the simple and compound tempos to demonstrate advanced tempo patterns. 
Submitted By:  Virginia Wysong, Tri-County North Local Schools


Title: TonePad
Publisher: LoftLab
Available For:  iPad, iPod Touch, iPhone
Cost:  Free version available, $.99 for Pro version
Review:  Tone Pad is an app that let's you discover your inner musician.  The app allows you to create songs by simply touching dots on the screen.  The music is then created for you.  Upload your songs to the Tone Tap website and get codes to give to your friends so they can hear your songs.  This app would be fun in music class and even in math class to discuss the fractions of the beat.  Lots of fun.  I couldn't put it down the first time I tried the app.
Submitted By:  Jonathan Smith, Canton City Schools