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Best tools and reflections to introduce creative and collaborative learning in education... especially in ESL
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The Pen is Mightier than the Sword

The Pen is Mightier than the Sword | Creative Tools... and ESL | Scoop.it
Write it! Versus is a Creative Stimulation and Story Generation edutainment game that lets you reconnect with the creative kid you once had inside.
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Very good app to encourage students into writing stories... highly motivating!!

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Tonya D Harris's curator insight, January 27, 2014 5:34 PM

This AWESOME! This storytelling tool gives elementary kids a creative way to write stories using "round robin" to create a story on Twitter, Facebook, or email.

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Wordinaire - Reverse Dictionary

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Wordinaire is a reverse dictionary.
Can't think of the perfect word? No problem.
Use it to find the perfect word by describing its concept.

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A nice app for word-lovers!!

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We are ALL App Builders Now - 35 App Building Tutorials Help [Videos]

We are ALL App Builders Now - 35 App Building Tutorials Help [Videos] | Creative Tools... and ESL | Scoop.it
Whether you're building an iPhone, iPad, Android, Windows, Facebook or cross-platform app, this superb selection of tutorials will help you on your way...

Via Martin (Marty) Smith
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Creativity, creativity, creativity

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Carla Gordon's comment, July 14, 2013 3:55 AM
If the tech specialists can help me build my own apps for my French classes, then all teachers will be able to personalise their own teaching tools. I am not an IT specialist so if I they can create a product to teach me to create my own apps they have created a winner. I will let you know if they succeed in teaching me!
Martin (Marty) Smith's comment, July 15, 2013 9:38 AM
Go for it Carla. You can save a lot of $ and time by preparing like programmers / designers. These tutorials should help do that.
Martin (Marty) Smith's curator insight, July 18, 2013 6:39 AM

The Appification of Ecommerce
About a year ago I purchased a new MacBook Air. Seeing how my new laptop related to the world much like an iPad with apps and an app store was a revelation. Apps will rule the world. 

This trend is why we are all app builders now and these tutorials are a must view. The trend toward apps is more than you think. A few days ago I shared a Haiku Deck about the future of web design 3.0 (http://sco.lt/7r6zkf). 

 I missed the appification of everything. Apps, the widget-like shrinking of code to Lego blocks, form the core of mobile programming. Since mobile is taking over the smart move is to "appify" everything. 

This means thinking of websites as interconnected blocks responding to each other and our visitors in real time (as described in the deck). Best demonstration or analogy for this fluid app future is MIT's David Merrill explaining Siftable at TED http://www.ted.com/talks/david_merrill_demos_siftables_the_smart_blocks.html .

The way Siftables related to one another (they are aware other Siftables are present and have a desire to connect if code expressed as a toy can have desires) and link in order to create a sum is greater than the whole universe is a great way to think about the New Ecommerce. 

The new ecom is location agnostic (capable of converting anywhere at anytime and with the merest snippet of Siftable-like code), socially self aware (capable of pulling friends and their influencers into the equation) and appified (small Lego-like blocks snapped together to meet specific needs). 

Sometimes we will snap in the predictive analytics block sometimes we might now. Other times we will want the social share block other times not. Design, in this Siftables-like future, becomes a series of WHAT IF conditions and testing, always testing. 

Going to be fun and why it is a GOOD idea to become an app builder.