Will your tween/teen find a shiny new device under the Christmas tree this year? Don’t let that tablet/phone become just a vehicle for hours of games, texting, and social media. Pre-fill it with these great apps/sites recommended by HTEA’s 21st Century Learning Specialist, Denise Pugliese.
1. PowToon – “Bring awesomeness to your presentations!” This fun site allows students to create animated videos and presentations for class. The user-friendly interface is easy to use and there is a free version to try before you buy!
2. Easy Accents – This Google Add-on allows students to easily insert accents for different languages into their papers and presentations from a sidebar within Google Docs.
3. Wordle – This handy tool creates eye-catching word clouds in different layouts, colors, and fonts for use in presentations, websites, etc. Wordle is available both as an app and as a full website.
4. 3DTin – 3DTin is the first 3D modeling tool that runs in a Broswer. With 3DTin, students can easily and quickly create realistic 3D models on their own laptops/tablets for school projects and 3D printing!
5. Canva – Graphic design and photo editing becomes simple for everyone with Canva! Said to be “the easiest graphic design program in the world” by the Webbys, Canva allows students to create beautiful designs with over a million layout choices for presentations or other projects.
6. Magisto – The ultimate video editor! Whether they are video editing novices or experts, students will love using Magisto to turn video clips and photos into beautifully edited movies with music and even fun graphics.
7. Tackk – Students can use Tackk to create flyers, blogs, posters, and pages on the web! Another great tool for taking their assignments to the next level, Tackk enables students to flex their creative muscles using colors, fonts, video, photos, and more!
8. Evernote – From taking notes to creating to-do lists, Evernote will help your student be productive and organized. Evernote is available for Apple and Android devices.
9. Khan Academy – A free learning app, Khan Academy has a library of over 4,200 videos and articles on subjects from math and science to art history, cryptography, and more!
10. Picmonkey, Photo to Cartoon, and Loup Collage – OK, that’s three but both you and your kids will love these fun photo editing apps! From fancy touch-ups to converting your photo to a cartoon-like image, PicMonkey and Photo to Cartoon will take your pictures beyond Instagram! With Loup Collage, you can create photo collages in any shape you can think of, which is just fun no matter what your age!
What are your favorite apps for teens?
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