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Smashing Apps

Course Details:

So you’ve mastered the basics of using your ipad and you are fairly comfortable with it - are you ready to move on to a new challenge (with the full support of an expert!)? Idevices can be used in so many exciting ways to enhance teaching and learning and encourage reading and writing for pleasure but it’s always hard finding the time to ‘play’with apps and find ways of showcasing their potential. App smashing is the term given to creating content in several different apps and then merging them together to give you an impressive end product. For example you could be taking photos or video in one app, editing them in another and then using them in a video creation app  to produce a book trailer or designing a comic strip or animation that you then use as part of an interactive book. Using app smashing gives maximum creative reign to your students imaginations and gives them the chance to demonstrate their self motivated learning without barriers in an exciting way. 

This course is a workshop day with hands on sessions and tutorials. Delegates will use several  apps from a select range to create content and at the end of the day they will have a finished resource to take away and use in their school or library.  A choice of apps to use will be demonstrated and different projects suggested to ensure the end product is useful for each delegate. Full training on the functions and tips and tricks of working with each app will be given along with practical  help and problem solving every step of the way, making this course suitable for comfortable beginners as well as more confident idevice users.


Delegates will need to bring an iPad with them and have access to the iTunes password and some credit to enable them to purchase and download apps. Alternatively the app list can be provided beforehand if delegates wish to download the apps prior to the day.


Session 1 - Introduction to and training on app selection

Session 2 - App choice & beginning to create the components of your resource

Session 3 - Completion of resource & showcase

Trainer: Bev Humphrey

Bev Humphrey is now a Literacy and Technology Consultant after spending 10 years as a school librarian.  She worked in an all boys secondary school in South East London and during this time developed a passion for encouraging her students to read and write for pleasure, often using online media to do so.  She was given a Reading Hero Award by the Literacy Trust at the end of the National Year of Reading for her work during this year and her international collaborative writing project, the Write Path was shortlisted for a Times Educational Supplement New Literacy Initiative Award in 2009 and has twice been shortlisted for a Lemos and Crane Literacy Award.  Bev also worked with the Specialist Schools and Academies Trust as a Lead Practitioner for literacy.  As a consultant Bev has presented at seminars and conferences all over the country for E2BN, Renaissance Learning, CILIP, SLG and SLA amongst others.  A self-confessed geek, Bev lives much of her life online and loves using exciting new technology as a motivator for young people’s learning.  She is a member of the SLA Board, SLA Website Content Manager and Editor, SLA Digital.  Bev is at her happiest when enlightening colleagues in education about the possibilities of literacy presented by new technologies for enthusing young people about reading and writing for pleasure or when she is working with school librarians who are of course her favourite people!

Key Audience:

Primary and secondary school library staff

Venues and Dates:

No venues/dates are currently scheduled for this course. For more information about possible future dates, please contact the SLA Office.