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App of the Week: Fun STEAM animation

Ed. note: App of the Week picks are now being curated by the editors of Common Sense Education, which helps educators find the best ed-tech tools, learn best practices for teaching with tech, and equip students with the skills they need to use technology safely and responsibly. Click here to read the full app review.

What’s It Like? Choreo Graph allows students to animate images by rotating angles and translating objects. From the home screen, start with the quick Intro (top right) or choose “Make Some Moves” to begin creating. In Build mode, users take or choose a photo (from the iPad’s camera roll or a few preloaded backgrounds) and simply draw on the image to cut out parts. Multiple parts from several photos can be used in a project. Each clipped piece has a bull’s-eye for use in Animate mode. Users can move points on a graph to control angles of moving parts and can drag objects to new locations. These moves can be set to music.

Price: $3

Grades: 6-10

Pros: Most kids will find this arts-meets-math creation tool engaging (and silly), and coordinating lessons support learning.

Cons: It’s probable that kids will design without understanding, and certain products (synchronized dog surfing) are only doable with significant forethought.

Bottom line: Teachers and classroom communities are needed for app activities to meet their learning potential; start with the coordinating lessons.

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