Winter break is over and students will soon be returning to school brandishing shiny new cell phones, tablets, and laptops. Those devices all come equipped to take pictures, shoot video, and record audio. What a perfect opportunity to try a little App Smashing! App Smashing, a term coined by Greg Kulowiec, is using a variety of apps to create and publish content. For example, a common assignment in early January is to have students write New Year’s resolutions. App Smashing allows students to easily move beyond just writing New Year's goals on paper and instead creating something unique, engaging and interactive. First, use this opportunity to teach a lesson on copyright and conducting research on the Web. Have students devise goals and then look up ways to go about accomplishing them. Have them save pictures, video, text and links to a note-taking app such as Notability or Evernote. Next, using Book Creator or the Explain Everything app have students import their saved images, add text, annotate, and record narration to create a plan for accomplishing their goals. Export the piece back to the camera roll and have students upload it to their portfolios or share. The videos can be accessed again when it’s time to check-in and reflect upon student progress. Give App Smashing a try!
See Greg Kulowiec's website, The History 2.0 Classroom, here.