The basic premise behind app smashing, sometimes referred to as “app synergy”, is to find a number of key apps that “play well” with other apps and can communicate information across platforms.
This is the first of two articles about "App Smashing". This is a new concept for me one that carries an unfortunate label! I would call it 'app combining or app integration.' What ever we call it, App smashing as it is described and demonstrated here serves teachers and students well by supporting complex tasks that require the integration of several apps.--Lou
"The basic premise behind app smashing, sometimes referred to as “app synergy”, is to find a number of key apps that “play well” with other apps and can communicate information across platforms. Some of the native iPad apps have this capacity. Also, Explain Everything, arguably one the most comprehensive, Swiss-Army type apps ever created, is ideal for such tasks. However, the app that is the most powerful and is used in almost every app smashing activity is Apple’s Camera App. It allows the user to store pictures, video, and sound files, which can be accessed later by other apps, which is what makes app smashing possible.
In a typical app smashing activity a student can use an app to create a product such as a word cloud, a picture collage, a map, or a slide show presentation. Then the student can save his/her creation on the Camera App, even if the product in this stage is not a picture (just click the Home and the Sleep/Wake buttons simultaneously and your idevice will take a screen shot). From there, the student can choose to open those pictures in other apps that build additional layers of creativity. For instance apps such as Explain Everything, ThingLink, 30Hands, Haiku Deck, or Book Creator, can be used in that stage of the project for further annotation, feedback, analysis, or evaluation. Finally, the student might choose to import one, or multiple projects, in iMovie and create a final product that truly redefines his/her learning experience. The last step should also include publishing the final product in appropriate and accessible ways."