shutterstock_131428592I’ll admit it – I’ve been jealous of all you people with iPads.  I can’t bring myself to buy one just yet because I know they are in the category of iPhones – new and better is only a few months away.  And the cost is too much for me to turn around in 6 months and sigh because the newest and best has already replaced what I just purchased.  But at the same time, everyone around me has one and I’ve been “borrowing” them to find out what is out there for Arts teachers to use in their classrooms.

I have been truly amazed at the results!  At this point, I think I could write a whole Common Core Standards-based curriculum for Arts Integration based on the Apps for the iPad alone.  An overwhelming, yet wonderful thought all at the same time.

I’m actually going to be trying this with one of my Arts Integration schools in the next few months.  We’ll be piloting an exciting program by buying the school an iPad which will get checked out by teachers and which is loaded with Apps that are dedicated to being used for Arts Integrated lessons.  I can’t wait to see what innovative ways our teachers come up with to change their teaching and learning cycle with students.

In the meantime, I thought I’d share with you the list of Apps that I’d like to load up for STEAM lessons.  And if you have any more that you use and that really engage your students – PLEASE share them below!

Apps for Arts Integration:

1.) StoryLines for Schools – Telephone with Pictures!  Great for building vocabulary and language skills through drawing.

2.) DoodleCast for Kids – Record your voice by drawing to create a unique story all your own.  Building on those writing skills!

3.) EduCreations – Turning the iPad into an Interactive Whiteboard for drawing on images, slides, creating thinking maps and more.

4.) Letter of the Day – Interactive activities that explore letters from every angle – you could use this in conjunction with moving to create a really fun way to understand how letters are formed.

5.) Color Uncovered – uses color concepts to create and solve riddles and mysteries.  Encourages discovery and problem-solving.

6.) Comic Life – Synthesize information and concepts through creating comic strips.

7.) VoiceThread – Create a conversation around an image, draw over the image and keep record of spiraling speaking and listening skills through this app.

8.) Pictello – Create books using speech-to-text technology.  Great for ELL learners!

9.) National Geographic Kids – Looking for some great science material and fantastic images from around the world?  This free app contains everything that the print version does and more.

10.) Popplet – Organize concepts through drawing/sketching and collaborate your thinking maps with others

Art Apps:

1.) Van Gogh’s Dream – looking at each Van Gogh painting, exploring the history behind it and art techniques such as use of complimentary colors.  An Amazing Resource!

2.) Musee du Louvre HD – A virtual museum in the iPad with Artworks, history and more.  Wonderful if teachers keep asking you for great paintings to use for visual thinking strategies.

3.) Art Set – A virtual toolbox with any art tools you could imagine.  Not as great as the real thing, but so fun to see different textures, contrasts and values.

4.) Artree for iPad – create beautiful trees (that grow/move) that explore the concepts of line, symmetry, color, shape, texture and more!

5.) ArtStudio – this fantastic app provides lessons for drawing, tools, brushes and more.

Music Apps:

1.) Garageband – I love this on my computer and I’m glad they have it for the iPad.  This would be advances for the little kids, but great for composing with middle/high school students.

2.) Notion – Similar to Garageband, but a little more intuitive with instrumentation and used for actual notation.

3.) A Jazzy Day – A great way to encourage improvisation, learn about jazz, go through instrumentation standards and encourage reading all in one app.

4.) Dr. Seuss Band – Definitely geared to elementary school, this is a great introduction to notes, composition, instruments and harmony through classic Dr. Seuss tales.