Surprisingly Educational: Part 4 – Episode 22

This is a supplement to “Appy Hours 4 You” Blog Talk Radio Show: Episode 22– “Surprisingly Educational Apps: Part 4. In this episode we featured multiple edutainment apps that that at first glance might not appear educational. For each free app we shared multiple integration ideas that span across content areas and grade levels. Check out our other installments of “Surprisingly Educational Apps1”, “Surprisingly Educational Apps 2“, and “Surprisingly Educational Apps 3“.


What's Your 6 Word Bio? using Motivational Poster app

This week we discussed the following free apps:

  1. Visual Poet (see their gallery)
  2. TypeDrawing for FREE (see examples in Math, More Math, Language, and their gallery)
  3. For All Seasons (get For All Seasons on your Mac or PC)
  4. Sketchbook Express & SketchBook MobileX
  5. Bloom*
  6. Create-O-Mat
  7. Fotolr Photo Studio HD & Fotolr Photo Studio 
  8. Painting with Time
  9. Painting with Time: Climate Change
  10. Mad Lips
  11. Political Time Machine (was FREE at the time of our notes)
  12. Motivational Poster (was FREE at time of episode)
  13. VidRhythm (See iChallenge details below).


Stream this week’s episode or download it in iTunes directly.

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“Appy Hours 4 U” iChallenge: We really want VidRhythm to be considered “Surprisingly Educational” – we LOVE this app and find it to be intensely engaging! However, we have been unable to assign some sort of core classroom integration to the app. Thus, “Appy Hours 4 U” will award a $10 iTunes Gift Card to the best user submission for how VidRhythm can be used instructionally and purposefully in a core classroom. Leave a Comment Below: Include your name, contact email, and idea for how the app can be used instructionally in the iClassroom. We will choose the best submission and announce the winner on our April 5th episode and in the TechChef4U blog.

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  1. Sarah

    Okay – First, the app is brilliant. LOVE it. Second, you are right, tough to come up with a way to integrate it into a meaningful lesson. Here’s what I’ve come up with:
    ELA lesson focusing on mood and the aspects of mood. Towards the end of a series of lessons on mood, (and probably on a Friday) have students work in pairs to choose and create samples. (Working in pairs will vary the faces on the screen and I think be more fun). From the list of songs, there are a wide variety of genres that can be chosen. After students complete their videos, save them to the camera roll. Export videos for viewing as a whole class. (Preferably also sync the videos to class sets of iPods so that each student has the video in hand). Watch the videos once through for the laugh factor. Students then watch the videos again (on Ipods with headphones if possible) and have to identify a movie or scene that would fit the mood of each video. Students must defend why they think the song fits the mood of the scene. (Example, for a super fast song, a student might describe a chase scene.) Some songs are slower, other more techno-y. Student’s scene will vary according to opinion and experiences. This can be done as a class discussion or as a writing activity. If we can’t export the videos (I’ve not tried) have students switch iPods with another group and do the same thing.

    This is stretching the educational factor. But it’s a great app and I think my kids would have a blast with it! Thanks for the heads up!

  2. Sarah

    Do I get two entries? If not, I like this idea better. After showing off my son’s cuteness in our video, I thought more about how to incorporate the app in a lesson. I think I am going to use it for a math lesson on data collection and analysis. Using six kids so that the video has six faces, create a mash up. Watch it once for the laugh factor and then the second time through students have to tally how many times their own face comes up in the video (preferably I can export the video to iTunes so I can sync it to the iPods. My kids do so much better when they had the video in hand). Using the information gathered, graph and analyze the data. Ask a variety of questions to do some data interpretation dependent on the kids’ ability level (I teach sped so i need to differentiate my lessons). I think this will be a hugely engaging data collection activity and with end of the year tests being heavy on graphs and charts, this will be a great review.

    • lisajohnson2007

      I didn’t really preface how many entries so feel free to enter both. I will say being a former MS Math teacher… I really like the data collection angle. Definitely Surprisingly Educational.

  3. I’ve never heard of this app before, but I love it! I’ve only spent a few minutes with it but with an app so engaging I know there has to be a way of using it in the classroom. I like both of Sarah’s ideas above. One other thing I thought of was combining this with the “Six Word Memoir” assignment I’ve seen teachers use (like these: —there are several lesson plans I’ve seen online using this idea). I experimented with VidRhythm and it looks like it records six sounds, about one second each. I tried reading a word from a six-word memoir for each step instead of making the sound the app tells you to make, and it worked great! I think kids would enjoy finding the right song and video style to fit their sentence. They could even do what I did, listen to the results and re-read the words in a different order so that the more important words would be heard in the song more often. Thanks so much for the recommendation!

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