Summertime presents an opportunity for students to allow their full creativity to flourish. These five mobile apps dabble in everything artistic from drawing to video editing to playing music. Let your kids unleash their inner artist via these wonderfully creative apps before they go back to school. Chances are, they will have a positive impact on their studies!
Cute CUT Pro – Full Featured Video Editor (iPhone $5.99)
Cute CUT Pro combines the power of a full-featured video editing suite with the ease and portability of an iPhone app. The app is relatively easy-to-use once you locate its various tools. Create desktop quality videos by adding pictures, music, video, text, recorded narration and even drawings to the timeline, then perform a variety of editing techniques. The app’s many features will be much easier to use (for students at any skill level) if they take a few minutes to watch the tutorial videos on the help page.
Curated by Keith George
Color & Draw: Super Artist Ed. (Android $2.99)
This app boasts a wide variety of coloring activity pages for student. Many of the activities also include an optional voice over that engages with artists to encourage and provide guidance. In addition to the coloring pages, kids can also create from a blank canvas. Students have access to an array of art tools including: crayons, colored pencils, paints, stickers and more. The ability to draw and color on photos from your Android device’s camera roll will also add to the fun!
Curated by Kate Peila
BaiBoard – Collaborative Whiteboard (iPad Free)
Although the BaiBoard whiteboard does not offer the “sticky note” look for each idea, it’s feature-rich and allows students to generate ideas using the text tool with eight colors and connect ideas using arrows and shapes. It also includes a free style pen. Students can import pictures, PDFs and maps to the session. All the BaiBoard iPad app’s technical flexibility forms a sandbox for pushing collaborative and individual creative ideas to their maximum potential.
Curated by Lucie deLaBruere
Creative Book Builder (Android $4.00)
Creative Book Builder for Android is easy-to-use, yet incredibly versatile. This app takes advantage of hypermedia, allowing students to easily add images, videos, audio recording, music, links and custom HTML. Students can publish their e-books in PDF format as well as upload to Dropbox or Google Drive. This app appeals to a wide range of learners, but is particularly apt for high school students looking to impress when presenting their creative writing.
Curated by John Cork
GarageBand (iPad Free)
Much like the original GarageBand desktop version, but even better with the touch interface, this iPad app provides open-ended opportunities for music creation with an extensive library of instruments. Students can create their own music tracks, then easily export and share them in a variety of ways: YouTube, SoundCloud, Facebook, iTunes, iMovie, email or to a computer. GarageBand can be used professionally, to learn music, or just for fun and creative exploration. Creating original music with multiple instruments through this digital interface is motivating, inspiring and highly engaging.
Curated by Julene Reed