Note: This blog entry is part of a series entitled, iPadifying the Writing Workshop.
#2 - MAKE APP-SMASHING A DAILY ACT OF CREATION
"iPads are our best option for regular and special needs students in K-12," pointed out a teacher. "They are so versatile and meet the needs of students." Students are now using iPads to create digital books, a.k.a. ebooks with Book Creator, that incorporate text, images, audio and video in their creations.
Students can take what they make in one iPad app, save it as a picture or video into the iPad’s Camera Roll, then use that creation in another app. This process is called “app smashing.”
Below, please find a short list of app smashing apps you can use. You may also want to get your own free copy of The Ultimate App Smasher's Guide, an ebook I put together one evening using Book Creator.
For example, check out this APPlied Poetry: A Multimedia Anthology of Poetry Illustrated with Apps published by Mrs. Hockenbrocht's 6th grade Language Arts class.
According to the blog entry (which incidentally, is a Google Sites web page):
This book is a multimedia anthology of poetry created by sixth grade students, illustrated with a variety of apps, and compiled using the Book Creator app. The poetry was written in Mrs. Hockenbrocht's Language Arts class. Students were asked to illustrate their poetry using images, text, and audio. They were to use and cite copyright friendly images and needed to include at least one video. They needed to use a variety of apps to create the media for this project. When done with their chapter, I uploaded each book from Book Creator to Dropbox. I then downloaded each book onto one device and used the merge feature in Book Creator to combine each chapter into one anthology.
"...young children [can now] write and illustrate their own stories before their fine motor skills are developed enough to allow them to do so by hand" (Source: National School Boards Association, http://bit.ly/9Cwbz9). Student writers can publish their work, not only in print, but in a variety of media. Text, audio, and images combine when students capture images, audio, and video with their iPads using Level 1 apps and then combine them in Level 2 apps.
Some phenomenal digital storytelling apps include 30HandsLearning, Explain Everything, ShadowPuppet, StoryKit, Storify, Tellagami, and Videolicious. To craft a digital story, you can encourage students to take these steps:
- Gather and sequence a few pictures that represent a journey, a challenge they have encountered.
- Write a story that builds with each picture added.
- Record the narrative--documentary or fiction--of the story with each picture, then export to a movie.
iPadify Tip #2: Use an app like Book Creator to author a book, adding illustrations and images that other students have created or are available via Creative Commons Search. You can also make a class digital repository of content that all students can contribute to using cloud storage tools like Google Drive, Dropbox (although beware of the age limits in the Terms of Service), and/or Evernote.
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