Despite its diminutive name, this app is HUGE! Tiny Tap describes itself as a “social platform” for virtually anyone to create unlimited games and activities. My focus is on its boundless application in special education. From systematic practice of spelling rules to communication boards, this app does it all. You want it? You can make it!
Where to begin? Tiny Tap allows teachers (and kids and parents) to create crossword puzzles, flashcards, brain teasers, greeting cards, games, shape puzzles, electronic books, and more. Tiny Tap is useful for blended learning, assigning students to demonstrate their learning by creating their own activities. A typing feature is available, so that students can type responses if required. For the competitive kiddos, any activity can be fashioned into performance mode, with leaderboards and scores.
Tiny Tap is free but going Pro is inexpensive and allows teachers to create groups and track student performance. The app connects easily to my Google Drive and works on Androids and iPads/ iPhones. I am hoping they extend its use to PCs.
Here’s what the “cover” of my first lesson looks like. I have access to artwork (thankfully!), background images, music, gif images, sounds, and more. I have recorded my voice on this lesson and editing is simple.
From teacher-made videos to tutorials on everything Tiny, Tiny Tap wants you to succeed. You might even make money if you create some cool lessons. Check out their blog from Valentine’s Day. It’s packed with terrific puzzles and accompanying research. Valentines never looked so cool. If you are uncertain about jumping in, there are thousands of lessons available from “trusted” teachers. Trust me, the ones I’ve seen are excellent. Authors are also using this tool to spread the word about their books by creating digital experiences for kids as the story is read aloud.
As a novice Tiny Tapper, I am excited about the potential of this dynamite app to meet the needs of special learners.