Rootstown Third Graders "App Smash" Animal Habitats

App Smash” has become an increasingly popular term to describe the process of using several apps in combination to complete a task or create a project. The process of App Smashing encourages students' creativity and problem solving skills as they work among multiple tools to develop content and share their learning. This morning in the AT&T Classroom the Rootstown third graders started an App Smash project and were introduced to three new tools they are using to synthesize and share what they have learned about habitats -- Doodle Buddy iOS,  Pic Collage for Kids, and ChatterPix Kids.

Doodle Buddy iOS is a free drawing app for iPads that offers several tools including paint brushes, chalk, glitter, stencils and stamps.  Also known  as Pic Kids for short,  Pic Collage for Kids is a free app for creating scenes and collages with photos taken with an iOS device. The app was designed specifically for students of elementary and middle school ages as an alternative
to the original Pic Collage app. Both apps offer access to a tremendous gallery of backgrounds, stickers and customizable fonts for creating photo projects.

To begin their habitat project, each student selected an animal as the focus of their project and conducted a Google image search to find an appropriate photo. Next the students used the Doodle Buddy iOS app to design their animal’s habitat to include it’s unique features related to shelter, food, water, and climate. After saving their habitat drawing to their iPad camera roll, the students then opened the scene in Pic Collage Kids to finalize their habitat scene and insert their photo image of the animal. On Thursday the students will use ChatterPix Kids to animate their animal so that it can talk. Students will assume the role of their animal and record themselves sharing facts about their animal’s habitat, its adaptations and how those adaptations help the animal to survive in its habitat.