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App Smashing
By: Cindy Wendland
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So you’ve developed your app and marketed it to your audience. Check. Done. Wait! There’s more. In the iPad education environment, teachers are showing students how to get more out of each app by app smashing. App smashing is where content is created in one app, then transferred to and enhanced by a second app and sometimes a third.

Some educators embrace technology and push the envelope to make it relevant for students. That is what is happening in schools that have one-to-one technology and issue iPads. School districts recognize that students need personal technology to function in today’s school environment. Some schools provide computers such as Chrome books. Others are providing iPads. Once students have these iPads, teachers are able to offer incredible learning environments.

App smashing allows students to overcome limitations of any one app by combining several apps to produce a more complete and complex outcome. The goal is still the assignment result and not trying to impress with technology, so the final evaluation of the assignment stays on topic and true to learning. In a basic example, iTunes U was the method of student distribution, apps provide the ability to complete work, and Google Drive was the method of collection. It’s 21st-century homework.

What is striking is that so much collaboration is taking place — between students, between teachers, and between school districts. Maybe we can all learn to play nice together. Some interesting apps for app smashing can be found here

   

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About the Author
Cindy Wendland has a background in marketing and finance. She is the creative director for an online men's health magazine, BrainBrawnBody.com, and she gets to write their leisure/travel blog. She is also a web designer helping her clients with online community engagement, websitesbywendland.com. Prior to her web years, she worked in pharmacy consulting.
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