25 Of The Best iPad Apps To Promote Creativity In Students

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This content was commissioned by Drawp, a professional-grade artistic app that promotes a simple creative workflow between students and teachers. 

Nailing down exactly what promotes creativity isn’t easy, if for no other reason than creativity looks different depending on what you’re talking about:

Problem-solving?

Drawing?

Social interactions?

But fundamentally-speaking, among the factors that promote creativity are collaboration, modeling, dynamic tools, and confidence.

Tablets and smartphones feature some design elements that inherently promote creativity as well, including elegant touch-interfaces, a personal screen, and available connectivity with other apps and devices.

When you combine these mobile devices with apps that promote creativity as well, and you’ve got a powerful combination that–in the right workflow–can produce some spectacular results.

Workflow Matters

In the creative process, workflow matters.

Choosing when to expose a student to a new model to collaboration opportunity–or if to provide a rubric or scoring guide–can greatly impact the end result.

The same with how the assignment is “given,” if the students have voice and choice, where the product might be published, how easily it is to share drafts of work, how easy it is to provide helpful feedback (versus superficial commentary), and so on, all can factor into the creativity in  project or product.

The following iPad apps were all selected for their media format, interface, accessibility, collaborative potential, or workflow-friendly design.

And note, most are based on visuals–video, painting, etc.–but some are productivity-based, and many feature intentional elements designed to socialize thinking, brainstorm collaboratively, and easily share drafts with peers, teachers, and others.

25 Of The Best Apps To Promote Creativity In Students

25 Of The Best Apps To Promote Creativity In Students

25 Of The Best Apps To Promote Creativity In Students

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    Shadow Puppet for iPhone & iPad

    Shadow Puppet for iPhone & iPad

    Shadow Puppet is a digital storytelling app for iPad designed for kids. Students record mini-movies or presentations that combine photos and their voice. See examples of Shadow Puppet in the classroom.

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    Educational Apps

    Educational Apps

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    Teaching

    Teaching

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    Drawp for School - collaboration made easy

    Drawp for School - collaboration made easy

    Drawp is a powerful creativity tool with built-in sharing, cloud storage, and workflow management.

    Building on the success of Drawp, the popular art app for kids, MoonDrop Entertainment released Drawp for School, an iPad app that offers all the innovative creativity tools of the original Drawp, with the addition of intuitive workflow management that saves teachers valuable classroom time. Drawp can be used with all subjects, and lets teachers distribute and collect work as easily as with paper worksheets while automatically storing them in the private Drawp cloud.

    Drawp For School Promotes Classroom Creativity While Making Teachers’ Jobs Easier:
    • Create rich mixed media content in-app.
    • Swipe to share or collaborate.
    • No need to worry - all your work is automatically saved.
    • Cloud storage lets you access all your work at home or at school.

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    Book Creator Free

    Book Creator Free

    The simple way to create your own beautiful iBooks, right on the iPad.
    Read them in iBooks, send them to your friends, or submit them to the iBooks Store.
    Ideal for children’s picture books, photo books, art books, cook books, manuals, textbooks, and the list goes on.

    • The no #1 Book app for the iPad in over 60 countries
    • "Book Creator makes e-book publishing easy” - wired.com
    • Over 1 million books already made with Book Creator
    • One of the Top 50 Apps for the iPad - The Guardian
    • Winner of a Parents' Choice Gold Award
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    Inspire Pro — Paint, Draw & Sketch

    Inspire Pro — Paint, Draw & Sketch

    Available only on the App Store, Inspire Pro delivers an amazing painting, drawing and sketching experience to your iPad. Our proprietary painting engine Sorcery™, based on OpenGL ES 2.0, takes full advantage of the GPU to render brush strokes with brilliant 64-bit color, laser-sharp sub-pixel precision and incredibly fast speed.

    While the strokes of a wet oil paint brush look beautiful on their own, the breathtaking blending effects of a dry brush will absolutely stun you. Graze the canvas with a tiny bit of pressure to add a subtle blur to your artwork or use stronger pressure to actually mix existing colors on the canvas together to create new ones!

    Whether you are a beginner, expert or somewhere in-between, you will enjoy the simplicity and power of Inspire Pro.

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    Bord

    Bord

    Turn your iPad or iPhone into a beautiful and unique chalkboard simulator! From the makers of Foldify!

    Bord is designed for children and their parents who wants to use iPad or iPhone as a excellent educational device. You can work with your child where you want - now chalkboard is with you. You can teach your child letters, numbers, shapes - everything without dirtying chalk.

    Bord unique features:

    Realistic chalk - Create drawings using six colors and three thicknesses of chalk. You can even draw with 10 fingers at once!

    Realistic sponge - The sponge will clean drawings leaving subtle chalk traces. To completely erase your drawing, just shake the device!

    Playback drawing - Your saved drawings can be loaded with playback in the realtime or with different speeds!

    Email & Facebook - Send your drawings via e-mail and make your grandma happy! Post your works directly on Facebook!

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    123D Sculpt

    123D Sculpt

    The most fun you can have sculpting without getting your hands dirty!

    With Autodesk® 123D™ Sculpt you can sculpt and paint interesting and realistic 3D shapes.

    It’s easy to get started. Choose a shape from the library of creatures, humans, vehicles, and more. Then push, pull and paint to make the sculpture your own. When you are done, take snapshots in the camera room or create animated QuickTime turntable movies to upload to YouTube or email to friends.

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    ToonPAINT-HD

    ToonPAINT-HD

    ToonPAINT HD allows you to easily create awesome looking cartoons with your own photos. ToonPAINT HD generates adjustable ink lines from photographs imported from your iPad, camera or gallery. Next it allows you to toggle between three modes for adding color: cartooned version of your photo, the original photo or a single color tint. The app also includes a painting interface based upon colors of your choosing or an alpha brush that allows you to selectively reveal the color image below. The app also includes adjustments for color brightness and contrast. You can save your image to the gallery, post to email, Facebook, Twitter, or the Hall of Fame.

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    Idea Sketch

    Idea Sketch

    Idea Sketch lets you easily draw a diagram - mind map, concept map, or flow chart - and convert it to a text outline, and vice versa. You can use Idea Sketch for anything, such as brainstorming new ideas, illustrating concepts, making lists and outlines, planning presentations, creating organizational charts, and more!

    Create Ideas Instantly
    Copy text from another app, such as an email, document, or web page, and import it into Idea Sketch to automatically create an idea.

    Share Your Ideas
    Diagrams and outlines can be easily shared via email or the cloud (Dropbox, SkyDrive, Box) and copied directly into other apps. Diagrams can also be saved to the Photos app (to sync to your desktop) or uploaded to Facebook.

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    Pages

    Pages

    Pages is the most beautiful word processor you’ve ever seen on a mobile device. This powerful word processor helps you create gorgeous reports, resumes, and documents in minutes. Pages has been designed exclusively for the iPad, iPhone, and iPod touch with support for Multi-Touch gestures and Smart Zoom.

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    iMovie

    iMovie

    iMovie puts everything you need to tell your story at your fingertips, with a beautifully streamlined interface and Multi-Touch gestures that let you enjoy your videos like never before. Browse your video library, quickly share favorite moments, and create beautiful HD movies and Hollywood-style trailers. And with iCloud, you can enjoy them in iMovie Theater on all your devices.

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    Popplet

    Popplet

    Great for work. Great for school. Popplet is a platform for your ideas. Popplet's super simple interface allows you to move at the speed of your thoughts. With Popplet you can capture your ideas, sort them visually, and collaborate with others in realtime. Quickly and easily!

    
People use Popplet to:

    • Explore Ideas: Brainstorming, Mindmapping
    • Plan Projects: Diagrams, Process Charts 

    • Record Thoughts: Journals, Notes, Lists

    • Collect Inspiration: Mood Boards, Scrapbook, Travel Plans

    • Create Galleries: Photo albums, Portfolios, Presentations


    • Study: School Projects, Class Notes
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    JotStudio

    JotStudio

    Read reviews, get customer ratings, see screenshots, and learn more about JotStudio on the App Store. Download JotStudio and enjoy it on your iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.

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    FrameMagic 7

    FrameMagic 7

    Your best collage maker with tons of layouts, endless options and unique decorations!

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    Penultimate

    Penultimate

    Read reviews, get customer ratings, see screenshots, and learn more about Penultimate on the App Store. Download Penultimate and enjoy it on your iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.

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    Flickr

    Flickr

    Read reviews, get customer ratings, see screenshots, and learn more about Flickr on the App Store. Download Flickr and enjoy it on your iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.

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    Photosmith

    Photosmith

    Read reviews, get customer ratings, see screenshots, and learn more about Photosmith on the App Store. Download Photosmith and enjoy it on your iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.

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    Minimal Folio - Design, Photo and Video Portfolio

    Minimal Folio - Design, Photo and Video Portfolio

    Read reviews, get customer ratings, see screenshots, and learn more about Minimal Folio - Design, Photo and Video Portfolio on the App Store. Download Minimal Folio - Design, Photo and Video Portfolio and enjoy it on your iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.

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    FolioBook Photo Portfolio

    FolioBook Photo Portfolio

    Opening the iTunes Store. If iTunes doesn't open, click the iTunes application icon in your Dock or on your Windows desktop. Progress Indicator iTunes is the world's easiest way to organize and add to your digital media collection. We are unable to find iTunes on your computer.

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    Oflow - Creativity App

    Oflow - Creativity App

    Read reviews, get customer ratings, see screenshots, and learn more about Oflow - Creativity App on the App Store. Download Oflow - Creativity App and enjoy it on your iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.

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    Pinterest

    Pinterest

    Read reviews, get customer ratings, see screenshots, and learn more about Pinterest on the App Store. Download Pinterest and enjoy it on your iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.

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    Behance

    Behance

    Read reviews, get customer ratings, see screenshots, and learn more about Behance on the App Store. Download Behance and enjoy it on your iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.

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25 Of The Best iPad Apps To Promote Creativity In Students

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  • joinpa

    I like Scoot & Doodle on G+ Hangouts and love their new app with one-to-one realtime video collaboration, Scoodle Jam in App Store. It fosters creativity, communication and collaboration with a realtime whiteboard where students can work together on homework and class projects. http://www.scootdoodle.com

  • rene pardo

    BallMagik.com has got to be one of the best IPAD apps to foster creativity. A 1 year old will laugh at pictures taken of himself (or his toes) and the associated graphics and animations/motion graphics..a 13 year old can create puzzles, games using the invisible features for balls, lines and worm holes, teleporting balls and graphics. http://www.renepardo.com http://www.linkedin.com/pub/rene-pardo/62/5a9/a03

  • Skwanski

    One really great one you missed is Ball Magik https://itunes.apple.com/ca/app/id812366888?mt=8
    The possibilities of this app are endless.