“Flipping” the iPad

by Megan -

No, this isn’t a post about the best way to flip your iPad without causing the horribly dreaded spider web effect. It’s about transforming the iPad from a consumption device to one that spurs creative thinking and development. It’s true that while many have already discovered the iPad’s potential to truly act as a learning device, others sadly remain in the camp that believes the total opposite – a line of thinking we’re determined to prove wrong. Fortunately, we’ve got a great deal of support on our side, from forward-thinking parents to bloggers to teachers.

Case in point: in an article on Appolicious by Julene Reed, ADE and an “educator with twenty–two years of experience as a technology director, classroom teacher, technology integration specialist, and administrator,” about apps for educators, she argues exactly how an educator can “flip” the iPad “from consumption devices to powerful creation stations.” Julene includes iStopMotion for iPad as one of the appealing apps for educators, explaining how animation in the classroom can stimulate creative thinking. And with over two decades of experience, Julene really knows her stuff!

She tells readers: “The creation of stop motion videos is one of my favorite strategies for creativity with the iPad. These can be used with almost any grade level and curricular area. Stop Motion Video is created with a series of still photos that are 'played' sequentially, creating an animated type of video. Once students are given the opportunity to create 'characters' for their Stop Motion videos using Play–Doh, Legos, small toys, or other objects, their creativity explodes!

Julene even provides us with some great tips and ideas of how exactly iStopMotion for iPad can be integrated effectively into the curriculum. Here are two of our favorite lesson ideas from her:

Retell nursery rhymes or scenes from fairy tales, stories, or books using Stop Motion videos. Have students collaborate in small groups to create their videos, then present them to their classmates, having the classmates guess the nursery rhyme, interpret a scene from a story, etc.
• Voiceovers for these videos could be done in a foreign language, strengthening the students' oral language skills.

Check out the full article on Appolicious to learn more lesson plans and additional ways to flip your iPad!

Julene also provides a link to examples of student work creating using iStopMotion for iPad. Her school’s psychology teacher worked with high school students to create stop motion animations that would demonstrate psychological concepts in order to teach these concepts to classmates. What an amazing idea! Check out the videos here.

How do you use iStopMotion? What other ideas can you come up with for using iStopMotion in the classroom or flipping the iPad? Please share with us in the comments section!