How do you know you have a good app? I like an app that does something a traditional worksheet didn’t, and it let’s kids be creative while mastering a concept. One of my favorites is Logo Draw.
With a very limited choice of commands, students move the turtle and its pen to create intricate designs and gain a thorough understanding of geometric concepts.
Here is a neat design created using Logo Draw.
This, of course, is not new. Just look up Logo and children’s programming in your favorite search engine. What is new is the facility with which students can create and share these designs on an iPad.
Update: John Hendron asked on Twitter why I thought Logo Draw might be fun. I think it is fun applying what you learn, not just learning for the test. If I can apply what I’m learning about angles, degrees, rotation, symmetry, distances, etc, to make something pretty, why not? It certainly beats answering the odd problems on page 156 for homework. The result is beautiful and memorable.
This app would lend itself beautifully for a cross-curricular lesson bringing Math concepts into the Art classroom. We have done this once before in Goochland, using the DesignBlocks website with students in Ms. Tolson’s class.