Practical Ed Tech Tip of the Week – How to Create Your Own iPad Games

tinytap_new_logoTinyTap is a fantastic free iPad app and Android app through which you can create educational games. 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.

The feature of TinyTap that I like the best is the Sound Board option. A 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.

TinyTap’s shape puzzles are similar in style to Sound Boards. Shape Puzzles allow you to add your voice to elements of a picture. In a Shape Puzzle your students have to drag pieces into place. In the video below I demonstrate how to create Shape Puzzles on TinyTap.

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