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17 Jul 2013
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Thinglink… the ultimate app-smasher!!!!

Contrary to popular belief, the art of app-smashing is not the action of pressing on an app  until it jiggles or an individual app at all (well, it is an app, but I digress). I feel I must credit Greg Kulowiec with the terminology as he offers a course on it and has prepared the first official definition.

“App Smashing Defined: The process of using multiple apps in conjunction with one another to complete a final task or project.”

But truly the art of app-smashing has been well documented for some time. Educators like myself, Laura Wright, Lisa Carnazzo, and many more showcase multiple examples online everyday. Laura Wright actual coined the phrase “multi-apping” in a post I shared in November of 2012 to refer to the same phenomenon. Moving past semantics and terminology, I think that the ultimate focus on app-smashing is the intended purpose or result and the workflow necessary to achieve it.

 App Smashing Image Screenshots compiled with Pic Collage

I recently stumbled upon the Definitive App Smasher’s Guide pictured above (a FREE 13 page download from Miguel Guhlin). The resource is available in ePub and PDF and is a really great example to showcase the flow and provide additional concrete guided tasks.

As I app-arently cannot finish a post without sharing a thinglink and 3 of my last posts have focused on the tool, I think it only prudent to share how Thinglink can be the ultimate example of app-smashing! Think about it…Thinglinks are an image.

  • Images: Images can be created, annotated, and embellished with Pic Collage, Keynote, Strip Designer, and Skitch.
  • Thinglink Nubbins: From there, Thinglink merely adds nubbins to those images. Nubbins can be either plain text or anything with a link.
  • Links: What has a link? Um… pretty much anything. Dropbox, Evernote, Google Drive, YouTube, Prezi, Quizlet. iMovie Trailers and Puppet Pals can be exported to YouTube or a Dropbox… ScreenChomps and Tellagami’s can be shared with URLs. Each photo or video could be an individual example of app-smashing.

Miguel Guhlin shares a perfect example of this as Haiku Deck images can be exported to the camera roll and then turned into a narrated video using Explain Everything.

Example from Page 6 of Miguel Guhlin's "The Definitive App Smasher's Guide"

Example from Page 6 of Miguel Guhlin’s “The Definitive App Smasher’s Guide”

So what could this look like? For months I have been sharing the potential of Thinglink and just recently I stumbled upon a teacher using for exactly that purpose… sharing student work as an ePortfolio!!!

I feel this just might be the pinnacle of app-smashing… but truly you be the judge. How will you channel and showcase your student’s inner product-based selves through app-smashing?

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27 Oct 2012
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iPad Academy

I truly enjoy sharing my app-thusiasm for iLearning with others. Over the summer, I conducted a two day iPad Academy with East Central. Since then, I have been asked to return to facilitate curriculum planning sessions.

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While I am there to share my iKnowledge, I always find I learn something during the process:

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    Podcast Reflections: Miguel Guhlin, East Central Technology Director, pulled me aside after lunch and spent a few minutes (15:16 to be exact – full interview here) interviewing me about the framework of the session and response to teacher concerns about limited number of iPads and unfamiliarity with the device. I love the idea of using podcasts to reflect on learning. Even just listening to it a few months later was such a wonderful digital testament to how much had changed and how much had remained the same. I plan on “borrowing” this model to conduct a podcast series featuring students “10 Things I Wish My Teacher Knew About the iPad” and a vodcast reflection series with teachers that are using the iPad in the classroom to document their struggles and successes.

  • Planning vs. Workshops: I also would like to emulate the idea of scheduling an iXpert to collaborate and facilitate curriculum planning with a district. Oftentimes, districts bring in someone to conduct a 1 day workshop that leaves little time for collaboration and support. Using this model, East Central brings me in once a nine weeks to align their CScope standards to the iPad and then support teachers as they plan their nine weeks. I spent 30-45 minutes sharing apps and project ideas with each group and the rest of the day was devoted to curriculum planning. Teachers were not only pleased with this model – they were very productive!

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