They had been reading about the Titanic and the Hindenburg. Students were asked to compare and contrast the two disasters and create a product on their iPads to explain their comparisons.
This involved building on the information in the reading passage with additional research about both; and, in some cases, gathering pictures.
Students immediately got to work with their iPads researching, designing, and creating comparisons to share.
Along the way we lived the truth that the more multimedia features an app had, the more up front structure the student would need to get the content in, before working with the creative features of the tools. The apps like iMovie, iMovie Trailers and Keynote, have such enticing video, audio and graphic choices, that the content is often presented incompletely or omitted. The projects done on straight notes and Pages need less structure and reminders to cover the content.
As I worked with Mr. Koch and his students, the level of engagement was intense...students were focused on their creations as they learned about the apps they were using, with Mr. Koch and myself learning alongside of them.
Below is a video of a product using the Explain Everything app, an iMovie Trailer, and a slideshow of students working.