Origin of App Smashing with Greg Kulowiec

How smashing apps helps kids become better thinkers

App smashing is when you use two or more apps on a device to do something which one could not do alone. App Smashing inventor, Greg Kulowiec shares many examples on today's show.

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If you have iPads or other devices in your classroom and you limit students to only one app, you're missing out. There's an excitement that comes from pushing limits and inventing. App smashing will rock your classroom! Put it on a bulletin board! Teach kids how!

[tweetthis]The process of figuring out ways to combine new tools is as valuable as the final product. @gregkulowiec[/tweetthis]

While researching this phenomenon, I traced the origin of the term back to Greg Kulowiec's 2013 blog post. App smashing can be as simple as snapping a picture, editing the pic in an app, and saving to your camera roll so you can edit in another app. If you've already done this — you're already an app smasher.

You can make a cheap green screen. You can have a year long video project. You can share film.  App smashing is so easy that any beginner can do it.

App Smashing Resources to Get You Started


[reminder]What is one way that you smash apps together?[/reminder]

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Vicki Davis

Vicki Davis

Vicki Davis is a full-time classroom teacher and IT Director in Georgia, USA. She is Mom of three, wife of one, and loves talking about the wise, transformational use of technology for teaching and doing good in the world. She hosts the 10 Minute Teacher Podcast which interviews teachers around the world about remarkable classroom practices to inspire and help teachers. Vicki focuses on what unites us -- a quest for truly remarkable life-changing teaching and learning. The goal of her work is to provide actionable, encouraging, relevant ideas for teachers that are grounded in the truth and shared with love. Vicki has been teaching since 2002 and blogging since 2005. Vicki has spoken around the world to inspire and help teachers reach their students. She is passionate about helping every child find purpose, passion, and meaning in life with a lifelong commitment to the joy and responsibility of learning. If you talk to Vicki for very long, she will encourage you to "Relate to Educate" or "innovate like a turtle" or to be "a remarkable teacher." She loves to talk to teachers who love their students and are trying to do their best. Twitter is her favorite place to share and she loves to make homemade sourdough bread and cinnamon rolls and enjoys running half marathons with her sisters. You can usually find her laughing with her students or digging into a book.

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