Category Archives: App Smashing

App Smashing is the art of using multiple apps to create an enhanced project. What will you create?

Doodle Reflections & Starting #The100DayProject

Doodle Reflections & Starting #The100DayProject

In March I participated in Royan Lee’s #doodleaday challenge. It was a really neat experience to doodle with a community, and take in everyone’s responses to prompts shared each day. I found myself using my ferry ride home to unwind with my doodle. I’m pretty sure the ferry people think I’m some kind of crazy nut – all tucked into my drivers seat using the wheel as kind of a stand. They’ve had to blow their whistle at me to get moving more than once.

I have done plenty of skechnoting and doodling before, but had never done so many in a row, or to someone else’s prompts. Following the prompts pushed me out of my comfort zone, and I learned quite a bit about myself and from the great community.  I loved the whole experience! I have to especially thank Royan & Carrie Baughcum for their daily compliments and encouragement. The other comments and conversations around everyone’s doodles were inspiring.

Along the way Carrie inspired me to start planning my #The100DayProject, and I couldn’t be more … excited, full of ideas, and slightly terrified with myself for making a commitment to 100 days! Last year I watched Instagram each day for Sharron Drummond’s German words, thinking it was amazing! I’m thrilled to be part of the community this year. I’m already inspired by everyone’s projects and creativity. They are all so different and personal.

I am promising myself I will use my growth mindset, enjoy the experience, and the community. I’m not planning to mess up (skip days) but I will be forgiving of myself if I do.

So, here’s to 100 Days of Critter Doodles! At the moment I think it’s my perfect project! If you want to follow along join me on Instagram or at the #100daysofmzcritters.

Christmas Candy Stop Motion & Story Telling

Christmas Candy Stop Motion & Story Telling

What do you get when you combine a stop motion app and Christmas candy? Pure joy, with a side of story telling magic! Yesterday afternoon my iExplorers (our campus student technology leaders) had a blast creating with a very simple set of tools. I just set out dollar store organizer trays with a few different… Continue Reading




Share Facts With ChatterPix and Shadow Puppet EDU

Share Facts With ChatterPix and Shadow Puppet EDU

Last week we explored lots of turkey facts, turkey art and more in preparation for Thanksgiving. One of the ways we were able to study turkeys was through a distance learning program from the Texas Wildlife Association. The whole group of 1st graders walks over to our administration building that’s set up with conferencing equipment.… Continue Reading




A Simple App Smash To Create Turkey Story Problems

A Simple App Smash To Create Turkey Story Problems

Last week in math we practiced writing our own story problems, then decided to get a bit creative with them. We ended up making a Book Creator book to combine all the turkey story problems we created. Here’s the process to create Turkey Story Problems – Make a background with Make A Scene Farmyard. (We… Continue Reading




Place Value App Smash: Lessons Learned From A PBL Fail

Place Value App Smash: Lessons Learned From A PBL Fail

So, I’ve finally been able to share many of the items on my “To Blog” list. This project has been on my list to share for quite a while. Here comes the details of a project that was, in many ways, not a smashing success, and my reflection on what I’d do differently next time. Place value is a… Continue Reading




Informational Writing: App Smashing With A Publishing Menu

Informational Writing: App Smashing With A Publishing Menu

Elementary researchers have a lot to accomplish! The sketchnote below summarizes what the TEKS require students to do. Common Core requires very similar standards from its writers. Informational writing and research is a process, and should take a while. Our class spent several weeks gathering information (read about that process here), writing and publishing videos… Continue Reading