What is an app smash?
If you use more than 1 or 2 apps to create a digital product, you have completed an app smash!
Why is an app smash so cool?
If you’ve been a teacher longer than about 4 seconds you know that funds are tight and if we are lucky enough to get iPads, they are usually full of free apps only, limiting the “Cool” factor in a lot of the paid apps. By app smashing we can customize the functions of the free apps to create a super cool product!
But, wait. Nikki, you write about disability and inclusion. What’s the deal with technology integration?
You see, that is my favorite part! With technology we have the easiest and quickest way to make curriculum modifications. As we know, if we have a student with limited verbalizations, that is not necessarily a direct reflection of their cognitive ability.Technology can easily be implemented to create a meaningful assignment that the student can demonstrate understanding without verbalizations.
If the assignment is to create a written essay, but a student does not have the cognitive ability to do that, modify it. Change it up so that the students are graded on a rubric and let them use visual supports and shortened text. Even if they can’t write a super long essay, they can find visuals online that are meaningful to them and put them together to share their level of understanding of your content at their level.
My absolute favorite education quote is “What’s fair is not always equal and what’s equal is not always fair.” Technology helps us to bridge those gaps. See my finished product HERE.
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Here is the nitty gritty of what I talked about!
Safari (Just to get the images)
The process goes like this-
- Get images online- be sure to be searching for creative commons images so that you don’t get into copyright trouble.
- Place images in Google Slides app and write text over the image or next to the image.
- Take screenshots of the full screen images in Google Slides
- Open Werble App
- Create and adjust video overlays in Werble and save as a video to your camera roll.
- Open iMovie
- Import the videos you saved into your camera roll into iMove.
- Click the microphone for students to read their writing to create a voice over effect for their movie.
- Share with parents in the online learning journal called “SeeSaw” (This is great for developing teacher- parent relationships, by the way! More on SeeSaw later!)
That’s IT! You just went from paper-pencil to technology integrated learning in 9 easy steps and using only free apps (except iMovie but I think it’s almost standard for most schools that have iPads!)
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