What is App Smashing?
App Smashing is the process of using several iPad tools to complete one project. I like to think of apps as tools rather than games. Each app should be used as a tool to complete a project. Why should we limit ourselves to one tool at a time? The process of using more than one app in conjunction with another app to create a final product is a concept that allows students to create engaging educational projects and illustrate their creativity in multifaceted ways. One of the most used and effective ways to use app smashing is to create digital storytelling projects. The concept of storytelling is emerging as a form of personal and collective expression of knowledge, ideas, and perceptions. It has a positive effect on students' communication skills. The objective for students is to create a digital storytelling project that illustrates their knowledge in an effective and appropriate way.
App Smashing empowers students to take control of their own learning and they quickly realize they can do more than capture stories on a camera. It helps them refine reflection skills, as well as their oral and written communication abilities, and encourages them to use their imagination when creating demanding and complex projects. They achieve higher levels of metacognition that allow them to synthesize, analyze, and evaluation information. Students also learn to cooperate and express themselves in unique ways, create dynamic projects that illustrate the potential of their collective creativity.
Let's Get Started!
The key to app smashing is using a storage device that all apps involved in the smash can access. The most basic location is the iPad camera roll (photo icon). Other locations could be Dropbox or Google Drive.
All content doesn't have to be created on the iPad. Many great projects start out with teachers or students taking pictures or video with the iPad, or a web 2.0 product that can be accessed by the iPad.
A typical app smashing activity has five steps -
Think of app smashing as building content on other content to create a final product. You can make a simple smash by combining two or three apps to start, and then progress to more complex ones. When you feel more comfortable, you can include 4-5 apps or more in your smash. The examples below feature 6-7 tools.
Another great idea is to create your soundtracks in GarageBand. You can create background music and add voice over the top. While GarageBand is free, the additional instruments are in-app purchases.
Some of the popular apps that can be used together to create a project are listed below. There are more you can use, but these are my go-to standards. While you can see that some of these are paid apps, you don't need all of them. The one you absolutely do need is iMovie. That is the app that does the best job of tying it all together.
Most of the paid apps in the iTunes store go on "sale" at least once a year for free. I got most of these during their free day so I didn't have to pay for them.