Tag Archives: spatial relationships


App: Shadowmatic

Cost: 2.99

Pros: A unique puzzle game that requires spatial awareness.

Cons: Can be difficult for younger students.

Describe how the app was used: There is an abstract object that you can move. The object is back lit so there is a shadow projected on the wall. The goal is to manipulate the object so that it casts the shadow in the right shape. This is a great app for students to work on spatial awareness. Students also need patience and perseverance to work on tilting the object so that it makes the shadow.  This is a great app to use to tie into a shadow unit. If you were looking at Pilobolus’s Shadowland this would be a great tie in. Also with the Unit that Lizzie created this app would work really well. You could have it as a choice during choice time if a student finished early or use it as differentiation.

Conclusion/Commentary: This is a fun app and I would highly recommend it

4 stars


Dance Formations

Cost: Free

Pros: The easy-to-use app includes 84 different formations for groups between 5-18 dancers. It requires translation between images on a flat screen and 3D space.

Cons: The iPad image is small and therefore difficult for a large number of dancers to look at all at the same time.


In the spring of 2014, I watched groups of students in Ms. Birenbaum’s 5th grade dance class at PS134M clamber excitedly to translate the visual formations from the screen to three-dimensional space. They were engaged by the challenge and excited at their own accomplishment. They wanted to try more. In this way, they were broadening their own disciplinary knowledge of embodied vocabulary and ideas via an iPad app.


The app is a terrific visual way to describe and experiment with spatial formations. It requires students to transpose what they see and place it in space. The orientation for each of the 84 formations can be executed from any direction so users also must decide where to locate front and back. Configurations can also be custom-designed! ‘Dance Formations’ can help teachers and choreographers impart directions and can assist dancers to understand where they are in relation to the whole group and how they communicate with each other.

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