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All Together Now: App Smashing to Support Literacy Integration Across the Curriculum

Explore and create

Explore and create : Creation lab

Sunday, November 29, 8:00–9:30 am PST (Pacific Standard Time)

Dr. Rosalyn Washington  
Ready to explore combining two or more interactive apps to allow students to create, publish and share content in language arts and across the curriculum? Encourage students to be creators utilizing multiple apps to review, reinforce and think critically — combining research, writing, speaking and constructing artifacts. Explore, innovate and smash!

Audience: Teachers, Technology coordinators/facilitators, Library media specialists
Skill level: Beginner
Attendee devices: Devices required
Attendee device specification: Smartphone: Android, iOS
Laptop: Chromebook, Mac, PC
Tablet: iOS
Participant accounts, software and other materials: Flash
Topic: Online tools, apps & resources
Grade level: PK-5
Subject area: Language arts, Social studies
ISTE Standards: For Educators:
  • Use technology to create, adapt and personalize learning experiences that foster independent learning and accommodate learner differences and needs.
For Students:
Empowered Learner
  • Students articulate and set personal learning goals, develop strategies leveraging technology to achieve them and reflect on the learning process itself to improve learning outcomes.
Knowledge Constructor
  • Students curate information from digital resources using a variety of tools and methods to create collections of artifacts that demonstrate meaningful connections or conclusions.
Additional detail: Session recorded for video-on-demand

Proposal summary

Purpose & objective

Participants will have opportunities to explore combining/smashing interactive apps which allow students to construct a meaningful artifact related to their learning. For example, participants will combine Blabberize + Classtools (Twister- fake Twitter) + Book Creator to create a work sample of a Civil War Journal from the viewpoint of Abraham Lincoln.

The examples presented in the hands-on workshop illustrate how teachers can allow students to not only actively Create artifacts and think Critically about the process, but Collaborate with peers and Communicate their findings or about the process.

Participants will exit with confidence in their abilities and concrete examples of how to combine apps to further engage learners and make the most out of technology.


1.Overview of Workshop & Rationale
2. Interactive Icebreaker
3. Example of Appsmashing

4. Exploration of app smashing Digital Tools to create artifacts
Two examples:
4a. The Participant will combine Blabberize + Classtools (Twister- fake Twitter) + Book Creator to create a work sample of a Civil War Journal from the viewpoint of Abraham Lincoln.
4b. The Participant will combine Smithsonian online Archives +Google Slides + Screencastify to create a Virtual tour of a Science/Art Museum with voice-over narration/explanation.

5. Further discussion of Tools & Best Practices to allow students to independently create artifacts
6. Q & A
7. Door prizes and Closeout

Exs of Apps:
Classtools (Twister- fake Twitter)
Smithsonian Archives
Google Slides
virtual manipulatives

Supporting research


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Dr. Rosalyn Washington, Atlanta Public Schools

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