iPad Summit in San Diego
Type of Technology: iPads with Explain Everything, Camera, Camera Roll and iMovie
SAMR Model Rating: Augmentation and beginning to Modify
Grade Level: all grade levels
Subjects: all subjects
Cost: Apps cost will vary but Explain Everything lists for $3.99 (worth every penny!)
I wanted to share with you what I learned while attending the Ed Tech Teacher iPad Summit in San Diego earlier this month. Before I do, I would just like to encourage those interested to visit their website and find out about upcoming summits. The conference is definitely worth the time! After attending the three day conference I came home with an entirely new attitude and understanding of what the heck we should be doing with iPads.
The big lesson for me was to not think of iPads as a way to deliver curriculum. Tablets are certainly capable of doing this but that is not where their real value lies. I know from experience that searching the app store for curriculum-based apps is time consuming and often disappointing. Teachers should continue delivering their curriculum in ways they are comfortable (keeping in mind Common Core of course) but use the iPad as a way to assess their students’ knowledge. This can be done in literally a million different ways using only a few key apps.
Here is what the pros at the conference were saying:
1. Pick the type of product you want your students to produce.
2. Give them a map of your expectations.
3. Deliver the curriculum.
That’s it. Sounds basic and it is. In my Conceptual Physics class, students will examine Newton’s Three Laws of Motion through the design, construction and launching of model rockets. I want my students to be able to demonstrate their knowledge of the three laws and apply it to their rocket projects. I give the students a list of requirements for a final product and let them choose how they want to present their understanding of the material.
The “go to” apps that were talked about over and over at the iPad summit were, Explain Everything, Book Creator, iMovie, Thing Link and Google Drive. With these apps students can create extremely rich multimedia projects that can demonstrate oral language, writing, collaboration and understanding of core concepts.
Explain Everything is a screen casting app similar to what is used in Khan Academy videos, however students are not limited to just creating screen casts. Students can create multi-layered slides that incorporate their own work (writing, drawings etc), sound recordings, musics, images from the web, and pretty much anything you can think. These can also include animations created by the students. Basically, the students take pictures and screen shots of things that they want to incorporate in their project and save them tho the camera roll on their iPads. Once there, students can open those images in different apps like Explain Everything and add layers of content. Once a new layer is added, students save the presentation/image/project to their camera roll again. Now this image can be opened in an app (the same or new) to add another layer! This is called “app smashing”.
So in the case of my model rocket project, students might take pictures of their rocket and animate it it’s flight path across a sky that painted with water colors. As the rocket travels through it’s flight path students might orally narrate the key physics concepts the rocket is experiencing or maybe they include written pop ups that explain the concepts. This could then be loaded and edited in iMovie to create a short film. The app, Book Creator allows the student to create digital books that include movies, photos, worksheets, pretty much anything!
And if your class is using Google Drive, all the work can be shared so students can collaborate.
1. Don’t waste time searching the app store for content.
2. Use the apps to have your students create
3. Save everything to the camera roll
4. Use multiple apps and “smash” them together
5. Start with just a few apps like Explain Everything, iMovie, Book Creator and Google Drive
6. Give students a map of expectations and let them go!
Here is a quick project I put together for a video story telling elective class I teach. This is very “rough” but I used images from my iPad camera roll, smashed them into Explain Everything and then did the final editting in iMovie.