Math App Smash for a Variety of Learners

Sunday, August 10, 2014 / Leave a Comment
Happy Sunday everyone! I am gearing up for another B-U-S-Y week of presenting at conferences and trainings this upcoming week. Last week I got to play around with our county's new iPad image and stumbled upon some pretty cool apps that I am looking forward to using with students this year! I would like to share two of those FREE apps today that you can combine and turn into an app smash (when you use two+ apps for open-ended digital creations) The first FREE app is incredible: Schoolkit Math
Basically it is jam packed with digital math manipulatives.






I love open ended apps like this because they can accommodate a variety of learning levels. 

So how can you app smash with this? Assign your students some kind of math word problem that needs to be worked out with one of the tools that you see in the picture above. Have your students work out the problem step by step and take a screenshot (press the Home button and Power button at the SAME time) of their work board. Here is an example:


Now check out the FREE app: Shadow Puppet

Upload the screenshot from SchoolKit Math into this Shadow Puppet app. The app store describes Shadow Puppet as:

An app that creates custom videos that are easy to share! Combine photos and video clips with your voice and favorite song. Draw on screen, add emoji stickers, zoom and pan. Tell a story, explain an idea, or send a personalized message with Shadow Puppet. 

But check this out! When students tap the screen, the video will pick up their one to one correspondence:


Shadow Puppet from Julie on Vimeo.

For those students who want to make their presentation POP, they can add background music:


trim.7209AC26-460B-46B4-9344-C18486339517 from Julie on Vimeo.

I am going to be ALL over Shadow Puppet this year! I can't believe I have never used it before. For those of you who App Smash frequently, this app will let you upload/share your work in many different ways: Facebook, YouTube, Instagram, Twitter, Email, Message, Provides a link, and Saves to the Camera Roll. If you want to save your work to the Camera Roll then you have to first Save your work, go back to the Shadow Puppet Home, find your creation and open it, then tap on the small icon in the upper right hand corner. For some reason this app doesn't show the Camera Roll option at your last step.

I highly recommend you downloading these two apps this year!

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