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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!

App Smashing How To Stories - A Publishing Menu

We’ve published our writing several different ways this year, so I offered an idea menu of apps to publish with to my class. This is by no means a comprehensive list of tools. I just wanted to provide them a jumping off point to get started when they were ready to publish. Please feel free to download the menu here.

We use this menu as a talking / planning tool during a publishing conference. I sit down with each student and we read through their work looking for ways to revise and edit. Then, when it’s just right, we make a plan for them to publish. This is always a messy process! I’m on the floor working with a few students at a time, a pile of papers surrounding us, and other students coming up for advice or to proudly share their work. It’s a bit of a hot mess, but it’s so rewarding for all of us. The app menu does a great job of helping students choose, or sparking other ideas. It’s also nice because they can walk away with it and remember each pice of their plan.

A Few of Our Favorite Tools –

Explain Everything & Pixabay:

One student published this brilliant How To about carving pumpkins. She downloaded all the images from PIxabay.com, then animated them in Explain Everything to tell her story.

Adobe Voice App Smash:

This simple production of How To Play the Piano is accompanied by piano music that was easily added in Adobe Voice. The pictures were done in MoMA Art Lab. Arrows and labels were added with Skitch.

Adding Skitch:

I love how students used Skitch and Adobe Voice in different ways. This student chose to take pictures of here work, then augment them with Skitch before creative a video story.

After all the stories were ready, I put the links onto a ThingLink so that we could easily share them for our writer’s celebration. We love organizing our work this way!

 

MZ Sig

Hour of Code – A Resource Roundup

Hour of Code – A Resource Roundup

My whole school is so excited for the Hour of Code this week! Last week our teachers got some playtime, and I loved getting texts and emails this week about plans for their classrooms. I whole heartedly believe in play time, for teachers and students! It really pays off. One of our amazing Kindergarten teachers, Carly Carlough,… Continue Reading


“Appy” Iteration for Back to School

“Appy” Iteration for Back to School

Yesterday I Tweeted that I was working on “Appy” iteration, updating the app list for our campus, and had a great conversation with Deb Dean about choosing apps. Working hard on some major “appy” iteration for my campus this year! #iPadEd#edtechpic.twitter.com/HDM29IFaZ1 — Meghan Zigmond (@ZigZagsTech) August 10, 2014 As Deb and I chatted about using a… Continue Reading


Efficient App Organization for Apple Configurator

Efficient App Organization for Apple Configurator

I really haven’t spent much, if any, time on this blog discussing Apple Configurator, and I think it’s about time I do. Let me start by saying I know everyone’s set up is different, and that’s why I really haven’t shared much about my work with Configurator and managing iPad apps. I know most schools… Continue Reading


Welcome to the “Book Creator is Awesome” Club

Welcome to the “Book Creator is Awesome” Club

Yesterday was a Flex Day in our district, so my teaching partner and I had a very small group of first grade students to do some very focused instruction. It was a great day, but was made even better through a mid-morning surprise! Our kiddos discovered that both classroom’s praying mantis egg sacs had hatched… Continue Reading


App Smashing Menus

App Smashing Menus

Today is day 3 of Craig Badura’s App Smash Challenge, and I have been so impressed and inspired by what’s been shared at #appsmash4! If you haven’t checked out the hashtag yet, you must! I’m not actually going to share an app smash example today, but I’m really excited about offering these app smash menus… Continue Reading