I have been enjoying app smashing for some time now. When you combine apps, educational fireworks fly in the classroom. If you haven't already, you've got to try HELLO Crayon and Chatter Pix Kids together.
I usually recommend HELLO Crayon when teachers are looking for a free drawing app in the elementary classroom. It has a few great features to make life easy when working with lower grades, there's undo and a fill can. Trust me, that saves a lot of time when illustrating. ;)
Drawing a character from a book or an example of what you have learned in class is something that can be accomplished with paper and pencil. When sharing this, I like to share Chatter Pix to allow students the opportunity to add their voice to their drawing. Chatter Pix records 30 seconds of audio and will make it appear like the picture is talking. You can also download the creation to the camera roll for FREE! This is a great way to give voice to our Pre-K students. Imagine them drawing a circle in HELLO Crayon, they turn it into something they have seen that is an example of that shape. Now they can explain how they know a whole pizza is a circle.
Check out the how-to my buddy Joe and I created and hear a few ideas for using HELLO Crayon in the classroom here.
Here is an example of something created by a 1st grader when she used Hello Crayon and Chatter Pix Kids. She explains the problem in the story Chrysanthemum from the point of view of the character, Victoria.
Check out our how-to video for Chatter Pix Kids and learn a few ideas for classroom use here.