AppSmashing in the K-12 Classroom

AppSmashing is a practice that has been increasing in popularity wherein at least two applications are being combined for the purpose of enabling students to make, publish, and share their work. This pushes us to come up with innovations to enhance teaching and learning with the use technology in the classroom. This blog post will talk about AppSmashing in the K-12 classroom.

AppSmashing Applied for the Product Reconstruction Activity

Ed Charlwood leads the Design and Digital Learning Division of a school in Western London. He came up with the idea of organizing a Product Deconstruction Challenge for the students. This encourages students all over the world to gain knowledge about products that we use every day by analyzing their parts piece by piece. It started in December last year and has now garnered over 34 entries.

ThingLink and Padlet Join Forces

To facilitate sharing and publishing of the fascinating collection of the work of students, AppSmashing was done using ThingLink and Padlet. After the students deconstruct a certain product, they are instructed to lay out the pieces in a creative manner and take a picture of it. These are then posted to ThingLink where they can put tags containing images, text, and video to explain each component of the product and what it is made of. They are also required to indicate why each material was used for the product. The images are then displayed for everyone to see.

The Padlet extension for Chrome enables users to efficiently take content and have it published to a current Padlet without needing to change the screen. Incorporating the images from ThingLink into the Padlet took less than 10 minutes. Students can also add content to a Padlet without the need to log in. They can just copy the link from ThingLink, select a Padlet, and paste the link in its rightful location in the Padlet.

The AppSmashing provided a way for images in ThingLink to be interactive in real time in Padlet. Students’ hard work was further enhanced by including Explain Everything in the AppSmashing process. Students can now record themselves explaining content from ThingLink, upload it to YouTube, then link it to the existing Padlet.

AppSmashing Encourages Collaboration

Research in education indicates that collaborative learning leads to more positive results than individual work or competition in the classroom. The AppSmashing that was done for the Product Deconstruction Challenge is a great testimony to how powerful collaboration can be for enhancing the learning experience of students. This has also been the concept for the creation of Kami, an application that simplifies the use of documents.

With Kami, documents can be edited to add comments or graphics at any point in the file. The application has a feature that allows it to be synced with Google Drive, and so students’ work can be saved and shared anytime and anywhere, from the comfort of their own home, in the classroom, or in the library.

Moving Forward Advocates of EdTech are being encouraged to come up with more of these fantastic concepts to help students and teachers embrace the technology that is available to them. It is our hope that these efforts will produce graduates that are of high caliber with a desire to make an impact in the world.

Maria Dublin
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Maria is a writer, an editor, and a law student. She plays for the Philippine national touch football team, and does a lot of travelling during the holidays.