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Best App for Making Your Pictures Truly Talk

yakitThey say that a picture is worth a thousand words, now with Yakit Kids, students can actually make their pictures speak. One of my favorite apps to help students bring any photo to life is called Yakit Kids. It’s free, has an easy to use interface, and kids absolutely love it! Students bring in any photo (either one they take, or any other royalty-free image) add a mouth, eyes, and other desired props from the app, and then record their voice. The mouth moves with their voice, and the pitch can be adjusted from low to high. The one drawback (which is not always a drawback) is that recordings are limited to 15 seconds, but being that you can save the videos to the camera roll, it is easy to combine multiple videos in iMovie.

Description from the App Store:

YAKiT Kids allows kids of all ages to let their creativity loose and share their creations with family and friends in a safe environment. Parents and teachers never have to worry as their children let their little imaginations run wild with YAKiT Kids.

• Make quick and fun animated videos with multiple scenes.
• Change the pitch of the voice to make it even funnier.
• Add expressive animated stickers to customize the photos – including facial features, props, characters, and special effects.
• Save the videos directly to your phone to send anywhere

Below are two examples from my third graders who are using Yakit to have geometric shapes explain their own characteristics :

PE Apps for Teachers

Who says you can’t use tech to get fit? Several of our great PE teachers at my school, along with Jarrod Robinson,  The PE Geek have compiled a great list of apps to help you on the road to a healthy and fit life!

Basketball Coach

  • Video analysis with slow motion
  • Can draw on video
  • Split screen with demo of skills
  • Overlay of image
  • Cost: $2.99
Swim Coach

  • Video analysis with slow motion
  • Can draw on video
  • Split screen with demo of skills
  • Overlay of image
  • Cost: $2.99
Tennis Coach

  • Video analysis with slow motion
  • Can draw on video
  • Split screen with demo of skills
  • Overlay of image
  • Cost: $2.99
 
Soccer Coach

  • Video analysis with slow motion
  • Can draw on video
  • Split screen with demo of skills
  • Overlay of image
  • Cost: $2.99
 
Burst Mode

  • 50 pics taken in 2-3secs
  • Breakdown of skill/technique
  • Cost: $1.99
 
IntervalTimer

  • Warm-up/station timer
  • Program your own voice commands or use apps
  • Your playlist music can be used
  • Cost: $0.99
Yoga Free

  • Yoga positions
  • Pose demos
  • Cost: Free
 
Footsteps Pedometer

  • Good pedometer
  • Use your music playlist
  • Charts/graphs
  • Moderate to vigorous exercise
  • Cost: $0.99
 
iFitness

  • Workouts
  • Cost: $0.99
 
Heart Rate

  • Measure heart rate
  • Cost: Free
 
Timer

  • Easy to use stopwatch/timer
  • Cost: $0.99
 
iMuscles for iPad

  • AWESOME APP
  • 360 View of Muscles in body
  • Exercises/Stretches
  • Cost: $4.99
 
iFirstAid Lite

  • First Aid Info
  • Cost: Free
 
First Aid

  • Basic First Aid Info
  • Cost: $0.99
 
TriggerPoints

  • Muscles in body and trigger points of pain
  • Cost: $2.99
 
Nike Training Club

  • AWESOME APP
  • Workouts with demo videos/your playlist music
  • Cost: Free
 
HealthStar Tracker

  • Possible for record keeping and assessments
  • Cost: Free
VCE PE

  • The PE Geek, Jarrod Robinson, created this for his PE classes.  HE IS AMAZING!  Check out his website at: www.thepegeek.com
  • Cost: Free
 
Calorie Counter by MyNetDiary

  • Pretty good nutrition/exercise diary.
  • Can scan barcodes of food labels to enter in app
  • Cost: Free
 
Livestrong

  • Nutrition and exercise tracking app
  • Cost: $2.99
 
Pranayama Universal Breathing

  • Basic breathing/relaxation
  • Cost: Free
 
iMapMyFitness

  • GPS for exercise and exercise record-keeping
  • Cost: Free
 
Fitness Class

  • Fitness Videos
  • Cost: Free
 
Tempo Magic

  • Awesome app if you want to speed up some of your music for faster beats in PE.
  • Cost: $4.99
 

Some of my Personal Choices

While I admit, I am but a mere geeky tech integrator, I do like to keep in shape and would consider myself an advanced weekend warrior, having competed and placed in several adventure races. Here are 4 apps that I use on a weekly basis: 

100 Pushups

  • Motivating app
  • Day to day workouts that build up your confidence and ability
  • Cost: $0.99
Run Keeper

  • Track multiple activities
  • Cost: Free
50 Pullups

  • Motivating app
  • Built in counter and timer
  • Ability to graph your workouts to see progress over time
  • Cost: $0.99
 
Men’s Health Workouts

  • Various excerises and workout plans
  • Choose area of desired focus
  • Cost: Free
 

What are your must-have apps for PE, health and fitness?

iPads in Education

Here’s a great resource compiled on scoop.it by Kyle Calderwood, for learning about the reasons to use iPads in educational settings. There are currently 81 articles about ways to use iPads in your classroom, must have apps, tips and tricks, case studies, and more.

Using iPads in Education

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