7 free flipped classroom creation apps you might not know

You might not know these apps for creating lessons, video, and more—perfect for the flipped classroom

flipped-appsThe flipped classroom gives students more time in class to do, not just listen,  and gives teachers new opportunities to revamp their lessons in creative, multimedia ways for at-home consumption. But for all that you need the right tools.

Here, we’ve gathered a handful of apps for content creation, from video to podcasting to slideshows, summarized on APPitic.com, an app resource site with more than 6,000 apps in more than 300 subcategories. And this time, we’ve selected apps that don’t typically crop up on flipped classroom lists, so you and your students can try something new.

[Editor’s note: eSchool News has selected these apps, which were originally curated by Apple Distinguished Educators, that may help you meet your instructional needs.]

1. StoryKit, Free

Create an electronic storybook. Make use of the little gaps in life – on the sofa after dinner, in the back seat of the car, or on a train – to do something creative together. The app lets students stitch together text, photos, drawings, sounds, and more, and constantly saves work via the cloud.

2. Ask3, Free

Based on the popular “ask three before me” concept, this app allows teachers and students to quickly ask and answer each other’s questions with text and their own videos. This free app turns each iPad into a whiteboard that can record voice and visuals for instant classroom sharing.

(Next page: free apps for podcasting, slideshows, and more)

3. Animoto, Free

Turn your photos into stunning, professional-quality videos, complete with music and text, with Animoto’s free app. Choose your photos, video clips, music, and video style to create a shareable video slideshow within minutes.

4. Audioboo, Free

Audioboo is an application for recording and sharing your voice with the world. The free version allows you to create audio up to three minutes in length and post that to your own account on the Web. You can add titles, tags, geolocation info, and a photo to the recording before you upload it and the app will save that along with the file. The audio can then be shared with others via social media.

5. Pocket Wavepad HD, Free

A free sound editor for recording, editing, adding effects, and sending audio, Pocket WavePad allows you to record voice or music, then edit the recording and add effects to achieve high quality audio recordings. Work within audio waveforms to make selections for quick editing, such as inserting recordings from other files, or apply effects like the high pass filter to clarify audio quality.

6. ScreenChomp, Free

A simple doodling board, markers, and one-click sharing tools help teachers (or students) explain lessons or tricky concepts. By pushing a button they can record their whiteboard-like doodling and audio and share with others.

7. Puppet Pals HD, Free

Create your own unique shows with animation and audio in real time with this app. Pick actors and backdrops, drag them on to the stage, and record. Movements and audio are also recorded in real time for playback later.

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