Note: Later this week, I'll have the opportunity to share some ideas inspired by app smashing concept...and share some of my favorite apps! Here's a draft of what I have in mind.Becoming an App Smasher!
Definition of App Smashing: "The process of using multiple apps in conjunction with one another to complete a final task or project."
Today's Learning Goal: Create an app smashing activity that you can share.
Module 1 - Building Famliarity with Apps
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Level 1 - Photo/Video Creation Apps
- Note: There are a multitude of apps that allow you to create. These are a few that are easy to get started and get you going.
- Camera Roll - This is an app that comes pre-loaded on your iPad. You have probably already used it to snap pictures on your iPad.
- Skitch - This app makes it easy to add comments, circle or draw arrows, as well as blur student faces, in photos you've taken with your iPad. You can also save the marked-up photo--without losing the original--back to your Camera Roll, then import the annotated image into other apps like those below.
- 30Hands - Take a collection of photos, organize them as slides in any order you want, then add audio narration. Include pictures of your Haiku Deck presentation. If you need to do some quick annotations on them, consider
- Haiku Deck (in lieu of Keynote) - stunningly beautiful images, text and chart preso maker. With this app, you can quickly create a slideshow using free images (copyright-friendly) on the web or from your own camera roll. You can easily export this slideshow as a Powerpoint via email or view it on the web via the Haiku Deck web site. Tip: Avoid in-app purchases of images, etc.
- Optional: Strip Designer ($2.99) - lets you create comic strips using photos from your Camera Roll. You can build your comic, then save it as a picture into your camera roll. Once a comic is in your camera roll, you can import into 30Hands, Explain Everything, Book Creator, or iMovie for further fun.
Level 2 - Narrating Your Work
- Note: You can "remix" anything you've created at Level 1 with the apps below.
- Explain Everything ($2.99) - Capture pictures and and video, then annotate and narrate them using this app. You can also use this to share your finished product to GoogleDrive, Dropbox, and many other places. All the products from Level 1 apps can be "remixed" to create something new inExplain Everything.
- Book Creator ($4.99) - Create your own ePub books with embedded video, audio, text.
- iMovie ($4.99) - Inexpensive movie creation tool.
Level 3 - Sharing Your Creations
- Readdle Documents - Less of a creation app, more of a viewing app,this is an app that makes it easy to share your content with others, as well as copy your final product to Google Drive, Dropbox, and other cloud storage locations.
Module 2 - Structure of an App Smashing Activity:
- End Result - Begin with the end in mind. Describe what the end product will look like.
- Apps Smashed - Make a list of apps you will be smashing. Don’t worry about how you are going to get things going.
- Smashing Workflow - This is where you detail the step by step process of app smashing. It’s helpful to make a flowchart but others may want to just type it up step by step.
- Product Created - Show the finished product that represents what you’ve created.
Sample App Smashing Activity - Writing Digital Poetry
Background for Fellow Learners:
In his book, Rose, Where Did You Get that Red?, Kenneth Koch writes:
When I became interested in teaching a particular poem, I would look for a poetry idea to go with it, such as for the Blake class, “Imagine you are talking to a mysterious and beautiful creature and you can speak its secret language, and you can ask it anything you want.” The poetry idea, as I’ve said, was to give the students a way to experience, while writing, some of the main ideas and feelings in the poem we were studying. . . .
End Result - Begin with the end in mind. Describe what the end product will look like.
Students will create a poem in response to idea that Koch shares: Imagine you are talking to a mysterious and beautiful creature and you can speak its secret language, and you can ask it anything you want.”
Apps Smashed - Make a list of apps you will be smashing.
- Haiku Deck
- Camera Roll
- Explain Everything
Smashing Workflow - Detail the step by step process of app smashing.
- Teacher shares mini-lesson on writing poetry, models it as students write on their own. View sample poem, Rose, Where Did You Get that Red?
- Teacher then invites students to try writing a poem based on their mysterious and beautiful creature. Students can draft on their iPad (Haiku Deck at first, Explain Everything in time), or on paper.Sample poem written by Lynn Bonner:
Rabbit, how come you twitch your nose?
Rabbit, how can you run so fast?
And why are you so feary and why do you run away from people?
Why do you eat grass and carrots?
Why don’t you eat bugs?
Why do you hibernate?
- Create slides that illustrate the poem with images, drawn either by the student or found on the web (cite images appropriately).
- Load slides into Explain Everything or 30Hands to add narration.
- Provide student some feedback by loading the slides into Explain Everything and then recording your thoughts as his/her teacher. Here’s a poor example of that (hosted on Dropbox).
Product Created - Show the finished product that represents what you’ve created.
- Butterfly, does the blue fire burn? (Sample Student Product)
- Feedback on Butterfly Fire (Sample Teacher Feedback)
Where would this activity fall on the SAMR? I suspect, it's a simple augmentation with a slight step into modification. What do you think?