FlipBook Lite, created by Josh Anon, tells a story by putting individual frames in motion. Frames are created with personal drawings or inserted photos and then played back to display an animated story. This app takes the paper and pencil flipbook animation and makes it digital. There are endless classroom uses for this entertaining app and it is especially useful in language arts. Here are a few ideas:
• Teachers can create a flipbook for a story that a student just finished reading, then scramble the frames (yes, that is an option!) and have the student put them in order. It could be a flipbook just for the beginning, climax or end.
• Students can create a flipbook to describe their favorite part of a book.
• Students can create a flipbook showing their prediction for the ending of a story.
• A flipbook can be made as an alternative to writing a story or as the illustrations for a short story.
• It can also be used to express pure creativity.
The user directions are a bit difficult since there are a lot of motions to remember, such as tap once with 2 fingers to open toolbar, drag 2 fingers to zoom, slide 3 fingers to change brush and eraser size, etc. It is not extremely difficult once you get the hang of it, but it could be more challenging for elementary level students (however, I am constantly amazed at what students can do with technology.) FlipBook Lite also has a website: http://www.flipbook.tv/ where flipbooks can be downloaded. It is a fun website with amazing flipbooks- a great tool to help give students ideas.
This is a review from a series on educational apps by Kathy Burdick, an educator for over thirty years. Kathy is an experienced educator and former principal. She graciously agreed to let Mobicip republish and promote her reviews on the Mobicip blog. Kathy has been infatuated by the possibilities of technology and educational content for the K-6 students. Kathy writes about how education is changing due to new technologies and reviews the technologies that facilitate that change. Follow Kathy on Twitter @ iAppleLearner or get more information here: http://mobileieducator.com/
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