App Smashing!

DEFINITION:  The art of imaginatively using multiple apps to create an enhanced project. Content created in one app is transferred to and enhanced by a second app and sometimes third. Preferably the final product is then published to the web. 

The key to App Smashing is the camera roll – use apps that can save to camera roll or take screen captures and bring them in. What’s important is that content be created, but it doesn’t have to be digital. Imagine a student who creates in the real world, takes a picture or video, brings it into a product, and publishes to the web. The idea is creation and publishing without limits.

For example:
  • Take a photo of student work.
  • Put that photo into ChatterPix, Book Creator, or ShowMe!
  • Add audio recording of the student discussing the photo. 
  • Repeat with a small group of students.
  • Save the audio to the camera roll.
  • Import the items into iMovie and stitch them together
  • Export the finished movie to YouTube or Dropbox
Voila! You smashed a few apps to make a cool project, and published it for others!

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Use the camera to take pictures of math manipulatives, creating an addition story
(or create in DoodleBuddy or Felt Board)
Import the picture to record audio telling the addition story
Save and email it to the teacher or to parents

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Use Doodle Buddy to draw a character or science concept
Save to Camera Roll
Draw another picture and save
Import several pictures into PicCollage, arrange and add text (save to camera roll)
Import into a recording app, such as ShowMe! or ChatterPix
Save and export!
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students spell word family words or sight words
with manipulatives, and take a picture of each
import pictures into PicCollage.  Arrange and add text to practice spelling. SAVE.
import collage into a recording app such as ShowMe!
Record themselves reading their words
Email it to the teacher for assessment


Don't underestimate a 5-year-old's ability to handle multiple apps!  They not only understand, they come up with creative ways to do so.

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