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If you’re a teacher on Twitter, you might have noticed a certain hashtag:
Want to get in on the conversation?
Whether you’re a seasoned edtech vet or your school just threw you into the deep end by swapping textbooks for tablets, knowing how to app smash will benefit both you and your students.
We’ll explain what app smashing is, look back at how it came to be, and then check out some practical examples so you can get started right away!
The advent of app smashing
The term “app smashing” was coined by former history teacher and current edtech guru, Greg Kulowiec.
Back in 2013, he defined app smashing as “the process of using multiple apps in conjunction with one another to complete a final task or project.”
These apps could range from the most basic, like the ones that come built-in on your iPad or Chromebook (think the camera app), to the latest and greatest edtech apps in formative assessment, video-editing and so on.
By using multiple apps, not only will you become an edtech legend, but you’ll also create wildly engaging lessons and projects for your students, sparking engagement and keeping your parents and admins happy and singing your praises.
So, where can you go to get some app smashing inspiration for your class?
App smashing ideas
The easiest way to find out what other teachers are up to in terms of app smashing is to check out Twitter.
Searching the hashtags #appsmash or #appsmashing will open the door to ideas and inspiration from the teaching community on Twitter.
Just check out some of these amazing examples:
From a middle school world studies teacher:
From a high school librarian:
Seeing lots of success w an #inquiry #hyperdoc for my co-taught 9th graders! Through an #appsmash of @wakelet, @edpuzzle, & lots of @GoogleForEdu tools, Ss are using solid search strategies to discover what it means to be a modern hero. Details on the blog soon #gttribe #tlchat— Brooksie Kramer (@BrooksieBKramer) February 28, 2019
Sub plans from a high school math teacher:
Besides getting great ideas, you can also tweet at the teacher who posted their app smash to get more info or ask questions! This is a great way to build your online professional learning network.
Finally, once you get the hang of app smashing, don’t forget to tweet about your own experiences so other teachers and students can benefit from your brilliant ideas.
Examples of app smashing
The combinations of apps you can mix and match for an app smash are endless. To light your fire, here are a couple of examples by subject:
English & Language Arts
Book Creator + Flocabulary + Edpuzzle Have your students create a book report using Book Creator. Ask them to add a link to a vocabulary assignment on Flocabulary, whether it’s a rap or vocab cards, and embed an author profile video lesson they’ve created on Edpuzzle. Combining both resources in their Book Creator project makes for some serious wow factor!
Edpuzzle + Explain Everything + Kahoot To make sure your students understand the latest concept you’re introducing in your math class, flip your class by creating an instructional video lesson on Edpuzzle. Then have your students explain the concept using their own words and examples in Explain Everything and test their classmates’ knowledge with Kahoot.
Green Screen by Do Ink + Brainpop + YouTube Creators + Edpuzzle Ask your students to present a concept or a science experiment using this awesome app combo. By using the Green Screen app, students can record themselves with any background imaginable, from a space station to a microscope slide! In addition to Green Screen, students can also record a cartoon video using BrainPop. Have them download the videos and stitch them together using YouTube Creators, then upload the video as a project to Edpuzzle and embed comprehension questions.
Chatterpix + Kami + ThingLink This app smash is great for students working on an important historical event, figure or movement. With Chatterpix, students can add voice narration and animation to a historical figure’s portrait or photograph. Using Kami, students are able to upload a PDF of a primary source, be it a letter, bill, treaty, etc. and annotate it to share with the class. Finally, students can upload all the materials they’ve created to ThingLink, and add a 360° view of the geographical region where the event took place.
Edpuzzle + Tayasui Sketches + Flipgrid Flip your class with a video lesson on a certain artist or movement. Then have students create their own artwork and record their process using Tayasui Sketches (they can speed up the video of their drawing process in the app as well). Finally, ask students to share their artwork on your LMS, and have students record their comments and critiques of their classmates’ work using Flipgrid!
iMovie + BaM Video Delay + Edpuzzle Have your students create their own workout videos or sports instructional videos for a fun twist on a traditional P.E. class. Ask students to record and edit their videos with iMovie, and use the BaM Video Delay app for slow motion to show the details of a certain action or play. Upload the video to Edpuzzle so students can embed their own questions and voice narration for the win!
How to go from an app smashing zero to hero
Planning successful app smashes is a process, so don’t get overwhelmed when you first start out. We recommend choosing just a couple of apps you feel comfortable to get started with, and then you can incorporate more as you become familiar with more apps.
Just like app smashing means using multiple apps to create an amazing experience for your students, don’t be afraid to reach out to multiple teachers for inspiration and support! They might be able to suggest a new app or a combination you hadn’t thought of before, and vice versa.
Happy app smashing!