Design & Technology

Word Clouds

Word Clouds

Word Clouds by ABCYa.com is free app that allows users to create graphic representations of word frequency. It is very similar to the popular website Wordle. Users type in words or copy and paste lists, speeches, etc into a window. Word Clouds then translates these words into a ‘cloud’, making high frequency words appear larger the more times they occur. Users can change font, color, layout and word count. Recent updates also allow users to input numerals and edit word clouds without having to start over. Once a word cloud is complete, it can be saved to the camera roll as a photo. Word Clouds is beautifully laid out, easy to use, and widely applicable for educational use.

Word Clouds is suitable for all users.

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MoMA Art Lab

MoMA Art Lab

MoMA Art Lab is a free app produced by the Museum of Modern Art that challenges users to creatively use shapes and colors in imaginative ways to produce art or practice fundamentals like line, shape, form, colour, space, repetition, and symmetry. The Art Lab app has three main modes. The default mode is a free form rectangular space where students can use a variety of shapes and a pencil tool with varying widths, both available in 36 colours, to explore and create. The two other modes are accessible by the green and orange circles at the top left corner of the art space. The green circle with a lightbulb icon gives a series of creative prompts to get ideas flowing and is an excellent way to familiarize students with artistic and technical capabilities of the app, for instance using shapes to create familiar objects and exploring the drawing, pinching, and rotating finger skills that are the basic elements of interacting within the app environment. The orange circle with the scissors and pencil icons features nine activities that familiarize Art Lab users with some of the MoMA’s most famous artworks, artists, and their techniques.  Other helpful in-app features like voice-over narration, camera and gallery increase this app’s usefulness and  general applicability in an educational setting.

MoMA Art Lab is suitable for Lower Primary, Upper Primary, and Secondary.

Blokify

Blokify

Blokify is a free 3D modeling app that allows users to build models using blocks in a free-form or a guided building mode.  Various theme backgrounds and block styles lend structure and an imaginative environment to stimulate creativity.  In-app purchases unlock additional themes and block styles. Models can also be saved as a 3D printing file and printed using a 3D printer or through Blokify’s personal printing service.

Blokify is suitable for Upper Primary and Secondary.