I try to always give kids a quick tip or application when I go into a class. Since we don’t teach kids stand alone apps (we only teach apps when we are in the process of using them to complete a task or a project), sometimes these little 5 minute lessons are great. Two apps that I recently have been showing the kids are Voice Candy and Photobooth.
Voice Candy is a super simple, stripped down voice recording application and it is free to download. I like this app because it is so simple to use. My 4 year old daughter uses it all the time (hey who doesn’t like ti sound like Darth Vader?). The possibilities for using this with the kids is endless. I like it for kids to listen to reading fluency or to record conversations during readers/ writers workshop. They also use it to organize their thoughts during the research cycle (faster to talk than to type for the little ones). The ideas are endless. The files save as .mov files and can then be uploaded to our media servers and linked to by teachers or embedded into their blogs to share with the community.
Photobooth is a pre-installed app on the MAC. It is great for snapping pics of yourself while sitting in front of your machine or to take quick little vids of yourself. Everything works though the built-in iSight camera on the macboook. We have used this to make covers in 3rd grade for portfolios, shoot short vids of the kids doing book reviews in 5th grade, superimposing students into scenes form books they have read using the backdrops and the list of uses just keeps on coming.