Wednesday, January 6, 2016

I've Been Inspired!

The following is an app review. The views are my own. I received no compensation for expressing my opinions.  Links (in dark red) are provided for your convenience. Want to see larger pictures? Just click on one and scroll through!
 I had the Inspiration app on my iPad for a few weeks before I had a chance to look at it. Without any kind of instruction (and no time to look at the directions), I had trouble figuring it out.
Once I was given very brief instruction, I found how easy it was to manipulate. 
Appreciated Features:
You have the option of using a diagram that is already in the app, or creating your own. After you begin to create a diagram (or change the existing one), the app automatically saves your diagram.
You can customize the lines (color & width) and backgrounds for the shapes:

The font, color, and alignment can be modified, plus you can add hyperlinks & audio:

The diagram can also be modified to meet your needs.
Pictures can be added that are in the picture library. You have the option to add your own picture from your camera roll.
The students can take the diagram that they made, turn it into an outline, and write!
Additional Comments:
 I loved how easy this app was for my older elementary students to use! The first time I used it with a 4th Grader, I showed him the first bubble, then he did the rest himself. 
How I plan to use the app:
 I have used this app along with EET, changing the background of the bubbles to coordinate with the colors of the beads.
Some of my students described a stocking, then a Christmas Tree. We put the 2 together and discussed how the 2 objects are alike/different, making the lines around the boxes coordinate with the EET beads.

Inspriation is available for purchase for $9.99. To view in iTunes, click here.




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