Welcome to our biggest and most ambitious project ever. Eight Apple Distinguished Educators from across three continents have collaborated to make this unique superhero themed feature possible.
The set up was simple: You've gained super powers and have to show this in some form. How would you demonstrate your gift Everyone had to select one key app as the vehicle for their project but beyond that they were free to take it in any direction that they chose. A huge thank you to everyone who got involved in the project and made it so special! The variety of themes, powers, apps and approaches is simply dazzling and just goes to highlight how a simple prompt can be interpreted in such vasylt different ways when the choice is left to the "students."
In a classroom setting, giving choice to students is a such powerful tool. An open-ended creative task like this could generate an amazing stimulus for creative writing for eaxmple, with the students taking genuine ownership of the character as it is of their own design.
I chose the app Friendstrip Pro as it's one of those apps that I've never found time to use in the classroom and always wanted to! It's a comic strip generator with key elements (in this case my eye lasers) overlaid onto the panels. You can also edit the text in the bubbles for more personalisation and completed projects can be exported to the camera roll either as single frames or as the whole strip.
There are several superhero themed strips featuring different powers but I went with the Cyclops-style eye laserbeams as it was something under that I figured no one else would opt for. Also the simplicity allowed me to turn the project round quickly as I knew I'd need time to collate everyone else's projects! Short but sweet. :)
The fact that I’ve used this app more out of the classroom than I have in school speaks volumes about how much fun it is. Choosing Action Movie FX to demonstrate my many superpowers was a ‘no brainer’. The app comes loaded with a number of Hollywood movie effects, with a number more in app purchases. Adding an avalanche, a giant octopus, an airstrike or even summoning a yeti to a homemade movie used to be a thing of dreams when I was in school. With Action Movie FX all of these are possible.
To get your students using the effects with the greatest impact spend time getting them to think about why they are using them. The effects need to support the story, not the other way around. Spend time demonstrating the best angles for the camera during different shots, the correct positioning of the effect will make the scene more believable! Then finally export them to iMovie to be part of the larger effect.
This app is so inspirational that you will should prepare yourself for the stream of videos that your students will proudly show you for some time after introducing them to it. Embrace this, empower them and provide them with the right resources to stretch their imaginations further. In my school we set up a role play area in each year group. The scene is set, the costumes provided, an ipad with Action Movie FX installed...then just give your students time to do what they do best - be creative!
For my very own action movie you’d be better calling me Captain Planet. As I battle against evil forces sent to destroy me, I dodge a tirade of missiles. Turning sharply I swiftly move to unless my control over nature to bring down the enemy and save my school once more.
The question with Book Creator is not what can I do with it, the question is what can’t I do with it? Upon discovering that I had gained superpowers that spark empathy within humans, i knew Book Creator would serve as the perfect medium to connect individuals with one another. When we put ourselves in another person’s shoes, we are often more sensitive to what that person is experiencing and are less likely to tease or bully them. With October being Bullying Prevention month, this is the perfect time to spark the sense of empathy within everyone. This is one superpower that you don’t have to wish for, complete the project and you’ll be on your way to becoming Ms/MrEmpaT!
Students will be presented with a scenario and will create a page using Book Creator to record how they would feel and what actions they might take if they were in the situation. On the same page students will create an anti-bullying social media post. The pages will be curated into one eBook for students and others to view. (Note: This can be done with one classroom or many classes that come together, break down the walls and connect students from across the globe). When each person does their part, together we can make a global impact.
Scenario: Alex and Alicia have recently been harassing Danny online after school. They make fun of Danny by posting embarrassing pictures on Snapchat and sending him private messages. Danny didn’t tell anyone and thought he could end the problem by blocking them online so that he would no longer receive their messages. When he blocked the messages, Alex and Alicia started posting about him on Facebook where they were viewed by his classmates and others. Alex and Alicia created a private group on Facebook that started with them making fun of Danny but led to others making fun of some other people as well.
Q: How would you feel if you were Danny and what might you do?
With Morfo, it’s more a matter of when can’t you use it across the curriculum. The App is already widely utilised in iPad classrooms but if you are unfamiliar with the concept, Morfo allows the user to bring any person/animal/object in an image to all-talking, head-banging and mood-swinging life! I’ve seen German teachers breathe life into a Deutsch-speaking orange, history students bring King Henry VIIIth back from the dead and enjoyed child-led interviews with Mr and Mrs Twit!
The App itself is free but you can upgrade to unlock some awesome extra features such as the Superhero pack. It was with this added extra (combined with iMovie) that allowed the creation of the unlikely uber-hero, Captain Rochester to appear for the first (and seemingly last) time…
I used Pages to create a storyboard. I included some dolls and my 6th hour class to help ignite the story line. I then used iMovie to create the story. I added voice and sound. To make the pictures have a comic book feel, I edited my pictures in the ComicBook app. This allowed me to add the stickers and font as I needed it. I then moved those pictures in iMovie.
I thought this was an important superhero because the other day I looked around my classroom and many hands were up. I thought...if only I could help them quicker before time is up or before they get frustrated. We would get so much done in one day. :)
Why stop at simply dreaming up your own superheroes… why not bring them to life in their own iPad game…
There is no better way to engage students than giving them the opportunity to make and share their own games. All you need is a pinch of imagination and the new Sketch Nation Create app.
The story behind the “The Mighty Metal Man” game… After a freak teaching related accident, this mild mannered teacher gained super-human intelligence. Leaving him able to invent and build amazing creations. The Mighty Metal Man was born. Whenever evil threatens Mr Teacher puts on this mighty metal suit and saves the day. Now the Mighty Metal Man will face greatest challenge and is the only thing that stands in the way of the evil Lunar Loonies, and their plans to invade the Earth and enslave the human race.
Play the Mighty Metal Man game online by clicking here. This is just a quick example so you get the idea. It’s your turn and it’s so easy to make your own game. All you need is an idea then simply follow the instructions in the app, draw your own graphics and share to the world. Boom… you’re a superhero game maker! Let’s open the Sketch Nation app and get started!
I do whatever a spider can because I’m Spider-Teacher, whether that means tangling with an upcoming project rubric or swinging through the unit. My webs are everywhere, and I’m linked to the heart of the city. For this project I wanted to make a video that was just like me, and the first place I went to was Tellagami, which is ubiquitous in AppSmashing projects.
1. I made a gami with a green background.
2. I trimmed that video to just the head.
3. I opened up Anime Studio 10 on the Mac, added a green background, and inserted my picture.
4. I added the cropped talking head video and then added it to the picture.
5. Once I added a bone structure, I could move the figure and animate it.
6. I took the animated sequence and put it into iMovie on the Mac, using the green screen function.
7. With cityscape pictures I could add my swinging figure to make it more of a finished video clip.
There may be other teachers bit by a radioactive spider. If so, look for ways to express your creativity with AppSmashing, and one of the first stops on that path will probably be with Tellagami. I bet you have a powerful Spider-Teacher in you too.
Being able to create amazing green screen movies was once an expensive and difficult thing. Now, however, with the powerful technology available to users of mobile devices, you can begin to create your own green screen videos from home or in the classroom, using only an iPad! For my superhero persona, I decided to create ‘Titus the Teleducator’ - a hero who could teleport to any location around the world, in order to enhance the lives of struggling students.
Teleportation has always been a highly desired superpower, something that almost everyone at some point has wished they had, for one reason or another. In order to create the illusion of teleportation, I decided to use a green screen to remove and change my location, without me ever having to move at all.
In order to do this, I used the green screen and portrait lights that I had available; this effect can be replicated using almost any color sheet or painted wall, since the app I used (Green Screen by Do Ink), allows you to choose any chroma key color - the color which is removed from the video. Once I had filmed myself using the iPad, and saved the video to the camera roll, I imported it into the Green Screen by Do Ink app for initial editing. Using this app, I removed the green color from the background, and began to insert the different images into the timeline, changing them every time my character “teleported”.
Upon exporting the video from the Do Ink app, I imported it into iMovie for additional edits and effects. I was able to apply different filters on the video to add a more Hollywood style look, while also inserting a flare transition and sound effect to further enhance my teleportation. I also added a soundtrack and ending credits for the music I used. Once this is done, you can share it directly to your YouTube account, and have it available to the world in no time!
Additional Ideas: If you really want to take full advantage of the Do Ink apps, you can pick up the 2D Animation app made by them, called ‘Animation by Do Ink’. It integrates well with the green screen app, and if you’re wanting to create your own superhero, you could use the animation tool to design fireballs, a cape, a mask, a glowing aura, a sidekick, and more! Your only limitation would be your imagination!