Newsflash: if you haven’t heard of App Smashing yet, hold onto your seats, because it’s a new craze lighting up classrooms across the nation. Using more than one app to make some product or concept, a teacher can help students unleash creativity and engage in learning. You design something in one app, open it in another, and then finally use a third app to finalize whatever you are working on. Some examples: using Comics Head, Explain Everything, and Youtube to make an original ThingLink, of sorts. You start out by making something in Comics Head, then saving it, opening and continuing to work on it in Explain Everything, and then finally uploading it to Youtube.
For my assignment in DED318, I decided to use Popplet Lite, Explain Everything, and Evernote. Popplet Lite is an app that basically gives you a blank canvas to upload pictures and links to create projects or concept maps. Explain Everything is a voice recorder and verbal annotating app. It can be used to record voiceovers and explanations of diagrams or concepts. Evernote lets teachers and students create portfolios and notes that organize and showcase information.
First, Popplet Lite. Since I am concentrating in ESL (and I love geography!), I thought that Popplet would be a great app to use to show how important English is all across the world. Here’s a great Popplet made in Popplet.com that does an excellent job of mapping this out:
Next, I would use the App Explain Everything to have the students record their own voices and annotate their presentations. This app is great because it allows students to use expansive and unrestricted creativity in what they can do with a presentation. The students would talk about the importance of English (and ESL education!) around the world, while learning that students all over the world are discovering and learning similar concepts as they are.
Finally, I would have my students upload their presentations or projects into Evernote. I would have my students using Evernote all year to build up a portfolio of their work, so it would be easy for them to store and organize their projects. The reason why app smashing is so cool is because students can own their learning, and connect new information in a way that is relevant to them. They are using and mastering technology, while creating more engaging learning products.