Fun and Engaging Apps to use in the Classroom

Photopea

Photopea is an advanced image editor, which can work with both raster and vector graphics. You can use it for simple tasks, such as resizing images, as well as complex tasks, such as designing webpages, creating illustrations, processing photographs and more. https://www.photopea.com/

Pixlr Editor

is a browser photo editor for all your editing needs. Have full control over your images, including layers and effects. Pixlr Editor is the most popular advanced online photo editor. If you’re used to working with Gimp, PaintShop Pro, or Photoshop you will feel right at home with this online image editor. (Works great on Chromebooks) https://pixlr.com/editor/

Gimp

Whether you’re adjusting photos, creating a digital painting or compositing several different elements, GIMP is fantastic. It doesn’t have all the tools you’ll find in Photoshop, and its interface looks different from Photoshop. It’s packed with advanced brushes, filters, layers and masks. http://www.gimp.org/

Krita

Krita was created by artists, for artists, with the belief  that top-quality drawing software should be accessible to all graphic designers. Krita is designed primarily for comic book artists, with a set of carefully designed tools including halftones and pre-made templates, but it’s also great for other forms of drawing. It offers a great set of drawing aids, including vanishing points, smooth shapes, layer masks and advanced selection functions. If you’re venturing into illustration or comics, Krita is amazing. It’s so feature-packed, you might find it a little overwhelming, but there’s an excellent set of tutorials to get you started.  https://krita.org/en/

Inkscape

Open source vector graphics editor Inkscape is widely known as the free counterpart to Adobe Illustrator – and for good reason. This free vector editor is a great choice for budding graphic designers thanks to its huge array of advanced tools and effects, including complex path operations, node editing, bitmap tracing and path-based text. Like most free vector editing software, Inkscape’s chief format is SVG (scalable vector graphics) – an open source standard based around XML.  Inkscape is available for Windows, Mac and Linux, and is a great cornerstone of any amateur graphic designer’s toolkit. http://inkscape.org/

Vectr

Vectr is a free graphics software used to create vector graphics easily and intuitively. It’s a simple yet powerful web and desktop cross-platform tool to bring your designs into reality. https://vectr.com/

Gravit Designer

This full-featured vector design app suitable for all manner of jobs, from screen and icon designs through to presentations, illustration and animation. With a clean and intuitive interface that adjusts itself as you need it, this free graphic design software packs a wealth of tools for creating detailed and beautiful vector imagery. It’ll export as PDF, SVG or bitmap, and if you need to access a project on the go there’s the Gravit Cloud service that enables you to get to your work wherever you are. https://designer.io/

Rocket Notebook

How it Works: Put pen to paper (special pens), Choose a destination (most cloud services), Scan your pages, Blast your notes to the cloud. OUT OF PAGES? Microwave your book to erase the pages. (Android and iOS) https://getrocketbook.com/

The Merge Cube—The hologram you hold in your hand

How it works: Download Merge apps. Use your phone or tablet to scan the cube. Now you have the world in your hands. Explore the galaxy, anatomy, and so much more. (Android and iOS) Walmart $5 https://mergevr.com/cube

Flipgrid

Flipgrid is where your students go to share ideas and learn together. It’s where students amplify and feel amplified. It’s video the way students use video. Short. Authentic. And fun! That’s why it’s the leading video discussion platform used by tens of millions of PreK to PhD educators, students, and families in 150 countries. (Windows, Android, iOS) www.flipgrid.com

Edpuzzle

Make any video your lesson. Pick a video, add your magical touch and track your students’ understanding. Sign up. Reinforce accountability. Know if your students are watching your videos, how many times per section and if they’re understanding the content. Engage students easily. (iOS, Android, Windows, Chrome) www.edpuzzle.com

Vocaleyes

Our app uses a proprietary machine learning algorithm to help the blind identify objects in their daily lives. Use our simple UI to take a picture and listen to what the camera sees. (iOS only)

Chatter Pix (social sharing) Chatter Pix Kids (no social sharing)

Both allow students to take a picture or use an image saved to the camera. With a swipe of their finger, students can draw a mouth on any image. There is one button to press to record, and the mouth then animates with the recording. (iOS only)

Motion Stills

Motion Stills is an app from Google Research that lets you capture short videos and transform them into beautiful cinemagraphs or sweeping cinematic pans using our advanced stabilization and rendering technology. Create looping GIFs or combine clips into movies that you can share with your friends! Use Motion Stills to:
• Capture a short 3s clip with a simple tap or condense up to a minute of video into an easy-to-watch clip using the Fast Forward mode.
• Share your Motion Stills as looping GIFs or videos directly with your friends.
• Create movies by combining clips with a simple swipe to the right.
• Browse your recorded clips in a stream, or flip through them one-by-one and watch them auto-play. (Android and iOS)

Adobe Spark

Adobe Spark is a free online and mobile graphic design app. Easily create beautiful images (Post) videos (Video), and web pages (Page) that make you stand out on social. (iOS, Chrome, and Windows) www.spark.adobe.com

Canva

Canva makes design amazingly simple 🙌 (and loads of fun). Create beautiful designs for work, school and play in minutes with Canva – no design skills or complex software needed. Whether you need an Instagram post, Facebook header, photo editor, pic collage, wedding invitation or poster maker, Canva is an all-in-one graphic design app that allows you to produce eye-catching graphics on the go. Android https://www.canva.com/

Poll Anywhere

Use multiple choice questions to identify gaps in understanding, or kick off group discussions with a colorful word cloud.  Invite the audience to respond simultaneously by visiting a website or texting a number on their phones. Responses appear in an animated graph or chart embedded in your presentation. Results update live for all to see. (iOS and Android) https://www.polleverywhere.com/

Speak Pic

SpeakPic uses artificial intelligence to give life to faces in photos.
You can type or record any text, adding and giving life to a photo of a friend or someone famous. It will say everything you want.  With SpeakPic, the voice of the translator will be really fun for you and friends. Have you thought about making your friend sing his/her team’s anthem? Or maybe an unexpected declaration of love. With SpeakPic, anything is possible.
You can change the voice with different effects to make the end result even funnier. There are dozens of voices to choose from, in multiple languages. The narrator’s voice will never be the same. (Android only)

OBS

Free and open source software for video recording and live streaming. Download and start streaming quickly and easily on Windows, Mac or Linux. High performance real time video/audio capturing and mixing. Create scenes made up of multiple sources including window captures, images, text, browser windows, webcams, capture cards and more. Set up an unlimited number of scenes you can switch between seamlessly via custom transitions. Intuitive audio mixer with per-source filters such as noise gate, noise suppression, and gain. Take full control with VST plugin support. https://obsproject.com/

HITFILM EXPRESS

HitFilm Express is a unique mix of video editing and visual effects in one product. Completely free, Express makes professional level tools easily accessible to YouTube content creators, students and aspiring filmmakers. https://fxhome.com/express

Blender

Blender is a 3D content creation suite that’s completely free. Whether it’s modeling, rigging, rendering or animating, Blender has it covered. Animators use Blender to create short films, TV shows, and even feature films, and its creators are constantly working to develop it further. Its interface might look intimidating at first, but it’s fully customizable and you can even create your own tools and extensions to suit the way you want to work.  https://www.blender.org/download/

SketchUp

This free software provides a friendly and forgiving introduction to building stuff in 3D, starting you off by simply drawing lines and shapes that you can then push and pull around to turn them into 3D forms. http://www.sketchup.com/

WordCloud

Wordclouds.com is a free online word cloud generator and tag cloud creator. Wordclouds.com works on your PC, Tablet or smartphone. Paste text, upload a document or open an URL to automatically generate a word- or tag cloud. Customize your cloud with shapes, themes, colors and fonts. You can also edit the word list, cloud size and gap size. Wordclouds.com can also generate clickable word clouds with links (image map). When you are satisfied with the result, save the image and share it online. https://www.wordclouds.com/

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