Category Archives: App Smashing

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

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 types of candy and some graham crackers. I offered whatever color of construction paper they wanted to use for a background. Then they organized themselves into groups and got started with the Koma Koma app.

The only “real instructions” I gave them were to remember to use their tiny movements to make the action look smooth.

Stop Motion Stories In Action:

The Results:

My goals for this activity were nothing more than have fun and work together. However, we ended up with four fantastic little stories and some great learning experiences along the way!

These students …
– were so creative
– used teamwork
– planned out simple stories
– solved problems along the way to get their videos just right
– came up with catchy titles
– edited their videos in Koma Koma so they were just the right speed
and exported them, all in around 30 minutes!

I put together some titles in Pic Collage, and added everything to iMovie after we cleaned up our giant mess.

This experience would work in just about any setting – classroom, clubs, small groups.  One trip to the grocery store, and you’ll be ready to set this up for your students. If you haven’t played around with stop motion yet, you should! It is such a versatile and creative form of media! Make the most of those last few crazy days before the holidays by diving into stop motion!

Merry Christmas!

 

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


How To Writing: App Smashing With A Publishing Menu

How To Writing: App Smashing With A Publishing Menu

After our collaborative How To writing project, everyone was quick to get started on their own “expert” stories. Making lists of things we’re experts at helps generate ideas, then the stories start to flow! We’ve published our writing several different ways this year, so I offered an idea menu of apps to publish with to… Continue Reading