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Thursday, December 18, 2014

Create Your Own Educational Games on Your Android Phone or Tablet

Yesterday I shared some news about TinyTap's latest features. What I neglected to include is that TinyTap is now available as an Android app as well as an iPad app.

The Android version of TinyTap works just like the iPad version. To create a game on TinyTap you upload pictures or take new pictures and arrange them into a set. Then select each image to create questions about it. To create your question press the record button and start talking. When you have finished talking select a portion of your picture to serve as the answer. I created a small game about objects in my house. I took four pictures of things in my house. Each question asked players to identify the objects in my house. For example, when a player sees a picture of my kitchen he or she has to identify the tea pot by touching it.

Applications for Education
One of the ways for using TinyTap that I have shared in the past is to create games to help students learn about their classrooms and school building.

The suggestion I made in yesterday's post about TinyTap's update was to use the new Sound Board option to add narration to flowcharts and other diagrams. A TinyTap Sound Board is an image or set of images to which you add your voice. To create a Sound Board you highlight elements of a picture then record yourself talking about those elements. When a student views your Sound Board he or she can tap on highlighted portions of the image to hear you talking about them. This could be a great option for creating a narration of a flowchart or a diagram.