Sunday, November 30, 2014

App Smashtastic!

The topic for today is App Smashing. What is App Smashing?

 I think Greg Kuloweic explains it best. “App Smashing Defined: The process of using multiple apps in conjunction with one another to complete a final task or project. ”

...because really, is there every that all-in-one app?

So, how do I app smash? Oh, let me count the ways. (I was app smashing before I ever knew there was a name for it.)

Photo app smashing - for those of you who know me I have an art background and am a photographer and painter as well as teacher. I am constantly using multiple apps to get the images the way I want them.

Here is a simple example of a photo I shot with my phone. I did some minor cropping using Aviary, added some special effects and art surfaces with Repix, and then went back to Aviary for some finishing touches.

My students have used photo editing apps, like Repix before uploading an image to Thing Link to create their interactive photos. 

I did a project with my students after reading The Strange Case of Origami Yoda. It ended up being this really cool video app smash. We created a series of stop motion videos (using Stop Motion) where Origami Yoda gave his advise. All those little stop motion videos ran on a green screen, (recorded using GreenScreen) while my kids asked Origami Yoda questions. We put everything together in iMovie.

When I first explained to my class it was one of those mind blown moments...

The end product wasn't perfect. I really need to work on the sound while recording through my iPad. But for a first run, it was wicked cool. What do you think?

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Another Genius Hour Project - Book, written and illustrated using the Book Create app.

Thursday, November 6, 2014

Genius Hour! Success! My Class is On Fire! Geniuses I say! Geniuses!

   Booyah! Nailed it! Did I say my class rocks?

Collaboration doesn't get any better than this! 

What what! Interactive digital images? Mind officially blown...

OMG! How is that even possible?!

Don't let me forget! Two of my students created websites.  One is collecting information about community helpers via Google Forms, and the other is blogging about the exciting things we do in class. My kids have taken Genius Hour to a new level.  I can't wait to see what they come up with next!


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