Creation Tools for the iPad


I made this Webinar a few months ago…. Creation Tools for the iPad… and today I wanted to share some of the apps and ideas around Creating “stuff” on the iPad. With the camera, it’s portability and some fabulous apps, it has never been easier for us to create our own resources on the iPad. And when I say “us”, I don’t just mean educators – teachers, therapists, parents and support staff, I also mean, our students as well. Anyone and everyone can harness the power and possibilities in the iPad to create some amazing things!

What can we create on the iPad?

Pictures, Books, Stories, Photos, Videos/Movies, Music, Teaching Materials.

Then I started thinking of ideas…. Ideas for all the “stuff” I could create.

Here’s my list….

  • Supported writing
  • Chat Books
  • Social Stories
  • Video Modelling
  • Schedules
  • Timetables
  • Teaching Materials
  • Visual tools
  • Cartoons
  • Narratives
  • Recounts
  • Quizzes
  • Recipes
  • Mind Maps
  • All about me Books
  • Brainstorming notes
  • Reminders
  • Journal entries
  • Personal Histories
  • Songs/Raps
  • Job/Chore Charts
  • Poems
  • Music
  • Fun Stuff
  • Character Descriptions
  • Personal dictionaries
  • Information reports
  • Conversation starters
  • And lots more…..

Our favourite Creation Apps MUST:

  • be easy to use (for us and for our students)
  • be easy to share and publish (eg. onto Camera Roll, Email, .epubs etc.)
  • be a multipurpose app…. one good app can create a broad range of activities, allowing those activities to be age appropriate and specific to the needs and goals of the student.


Create pictures (which is really fun) and then use them to create literacy tasks. For example, maybe you make a picture of a Monster and then use it to write a Character Description.


Draw and Tell HD
Make an Animal
Cupcakes XL!
Cookie Doodle
Monster Mix & Match
Toca Tailor
Toca Hair Salon 2

Create PHOTOS:

Play with the photos in your camera roll to create new ways with your images. A teacher in one of my schools used the Free Apple Photo Booth App (comes standard on all iPad) to make some crazy photos of the different staff around the school (think distorted faces!). The class then used the photos to write a story about “The Day Aliens Invaded our School”!


PicWall Plus
Strip Designer
Scene & Heard


There are many book creation apps… but there are the few that are becoming firm team favourites. Adding photos/pictures/videos/sound/text into books means you can make a book about anything!


Clicker Docs
Creative Book Builder
Book Creator

Then, there are a few more specific apps that could be a fun way of creating some story telling and writing.


Mad Libs
Super Duper StoryMaker
Kid’s Journal
Story Pals


We often talk about using the website Wikipedia to gather information and in particular, the Simple English version of Wikipedia can be most helpful for some students with diverse learning needs. Exporting PDF files from Simple Wiki and opening in iBooks, is just too easy! We can also use other apps to create visually effective teaching materials that are tailored to the need of the students in our classroom.


Creative Book Builder
Idea Sketch
Corkulous Pro


It used to be so tricky and time consuming to make videos… but now with the iPad camera, shooting quick videos/photos and creating movies is achievable for many of us. Videos/Movies are effective ways to teach social skills via Video Modelling; to reinforce teaching lessons, or maybe even a way for a student to creatively demonstrate what they know.


PuppetPals HD
Explain Everything

Create MUSIC:

From easy, simple, play-based apps, to more complex apps, there are many apps that can be used with students to create music.


Toca Band
Sago Mini Sound Box
Virtuoso Piano Free 3
Garage Band


Please share your ideas and favourite apps in the comment section of this blog post. I am sure there are many many fabulous creation apps that I have missed!

So go ahead… Create something today!



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About Amanda Hartmann

Amanda is a Speech Pathologist with over 17 years experience. She has worked within educational settings, and currently divides her time between her busy private practice and as an Inclusive Technology Consultant with Spectronics

Amanda is a Key Word Sign/Makaton Presenter, an official Proloquo2Go trainer and an official expert TBoxApps Trainer for Therapy Box. She is also a certified Apple Trainer and regularly runs iPad workshops to help schools integrate iPad technology into the classroom, for all learners.

Amanda has a special interest in supporting and developing communication, literacy and learning for a wide range of diverse learners, often through the use of visual tools, sign language and technology. She has spent many years providing therapy support and teacher/parent training in Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) for students with complex communication needs, due to disabilities such as: Cerebral palsy and other Physical impairments, Visual impairment, Hearing impairment, Autism, Down Syndrome, Fragile X, Intellectual Impairment, Angelman Syndrome, Rett Syndrome and others. She also has specialist knowledge to support the literacy learning of students with learning difficulties, language impairments and other diverse learning needs. She is passionate about providing interactive and engaging presentations to educators, parents and therapists.

8 Responses to Creation Tools for the iPad

  1. Joyce says:

    Thank you for sharing your resources.

  2. Hi Amanda! These are awesome apps. My 4-year old niece loves it when I tell her stories we both made up. We can use Book Creator, Super Duper StoryMaker and Toca Band to make it more fun. Thanks for sharing these.

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