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On Wednesday, March 12, 2014 teachers in Cave Creek Unified School District will work with Tony Vincent to learn more about the kinds of things students can make with iPads. It will be a hands-on workshop (so bring your iPad fully charged) where participants will film short documentaries, make talking avatars, author digital books, and share their creations in a variety of ways. Teachers will leave with ideas they can put into practice right away.

Please install the apps on your iPad in the box above before coming to the workshop. The easiest way to find these apps is to access this page on your iPad and click View next to each app. The App Store will open to the details page for that app where you can install it.


Morning Agenda

8:30-9:15 Introductions, Garageband, Google Drive
9:15-10:00 Tellagami, Dropbox,, Images
10:00-10:10 Break
10:10-11:00 Funny Movies, Padlet, Videolicious
11:00-11:20 Splice, ThingLink, Book Creator
11:20-11:30 Reflection 

Afternoon Agenda

1:00-1:45 Introductions, Tellagami, Google Drive
1:45-2:30 Dropbox,, Images, Funny Movies
2:30-2:40 Break
2:40-3:30 Padlet, Videolicious, Splice
3:30-3:50 ThingLink, Book Creator
3:50-4:00 Reflection  


Common Core asks every grade level to use technology to produce and publish.


Record and Edit Audio with Garageband

Garageband is an app that can be used to record and edit audio. To start a new project, click the + and choose Audio Recorder. Click the Settings icon (the wrench) and turn off both Metronome and Count-In.

Click the record button (the red circle). When done (or when you make a mistake), click the Stop or Record button. To hear what you just recorded, click the Tracks View button. Move the playhead to place where you want to begin listening and click Play. You can click a clip to select it. Then you can drag the start or end of a clip to trim it. Or, if you click the clip again, you can options for splitting, copying, and deleting the clip. To record more, place the playhead where you want to begin recording and click the Record button.

To add music, click the Tracks view. Click the Loops icon where you can select from Apple Loops, Audio Files, and Music you have saved on your iPad. Drag the loop or music you want onto a new track. 

If you want music to fade, you’ll have to add a new track split the music, and drag the split clip to the new track. Then you can pull out the track controls and lower the volume for that track. This unfortunately will not make a smooth fade. Hopefully future versions of GarageBand will have a fade and ducking features.

To share a Gargeband recording you must first exit the project by clicking My Songs. Then click Select and click the project you want to share. Click the Share button. You will see that you can share to email, YouTube, and maybe a couple other apps.

To share to Google Drive, click Open in… Fill in information about your recording and click Share. Scroll through the list and choice Google Drive. The Google Drive app will open. If you are not logged in, you will need to do that. Then click Upload. Now the recording is available in the Google Drive app and you can listen to and download the recording by logging into on a computer.

Sharing to Edmodo, Dropbox, and other apps would be done in the same way. Click Select from Garageband’s project list. Then click the project you want to share. Then click Open In… and choose the app you want to copy your recording into. 

Create Talking Avatars with Tellagami

Design an avatar inside of Tellagami. Choose a background. You can make the avatar speak by either recording your voice or typing what you want him or her to say. Tellagami videos are limited to 30 seconds in length--so be concise! The final recording can be saved to the Camera Roll.

Share Online with Dropbox

Dropbox works like Google Drive. You need an account to use it. Open the Dropbox app and click the three dots and then the + to upload photos and videos from your Photo Library. After the upload is complete, click the file in Dropbox and click Share. Then click Copy Link.

You could paste this link into to make it short and easy to write say, and type. 

Or, you could open Safari and go to to generate a QR code. Be sure to choose the Link option to make your QR code. Also be sure to test it before posting or printing. It's probably best to create QR codes on your laptop or desktop for easy displaying and printing. If you install Dropbox on your Mac or PC, what you add to the app will automatically appear in your Dropbox folder on your computer. Right-click the file and Copy the Link. Then paste into in your web browser. You can save the QR code, print it, use it in a document, etc.

Find Copyright Friendly Images

You can find public domain images at and Remember when saving from, choose PNG.

You can find Creative Commons images by searching Google Images and selecting Search Tools and then Useage Right. Choose Labeled for Reuse. You will most likely be asked to give credit to the image's owner.

To save an image you are viewing in Safari, press and hold the image until the Save button appear. Clicking Save will place a copy of the image in your Camera Roll for use in other apps.

Make Any Image Talk with Funny Movie Maker

The Funny Movie Maker app allows you to choose a photo. Then you use the Scissors tool to select an area for the mouth. Then record your own mouth talking. Videos can be up to 30 seconds in length. Be careful, this app really tries to get you to buy extra features.

Invite Students to Post Photos and Videos on a Padlet Wall

Padlet is a free website where you can create a wall. You can open the wall up for others to post. Posts can have text and allow for uploads and links.

Suggested Padlet Wall Settings

  • Log into
  • Click the Modify Wall button.
  • Under profile, give your wall a title and description.
  • Under Layout, change from Freeform to Stream.
  • Under Privacy, checkmark Moderate posts.
  • Under Address, give your wall an easy to type web address.
  • See the QR code under the Share menu.

Produce Short News/Documentary Style Videos with Videolicious

Use Videolicious to make a 60 second documentary-style video. Queue photos and videos from the Photo Library and then narrate over them. The resulting video can be saved to the Camera Roll.

Combine Videos with Splice

Use the Splice app to combine videos together into a longer video. This can help you get around Tellagami's, Funny Movie Maker's, and Videolicious' limited recording length.

Also use Splice to trim off the ends of these videos to remove the advertisement for the app. You can also insert titles and transitions using Splice.

Make Interactive Images with ThingLink

Open the ThingLink app and import an image to use at the background. Then add targets to the background. A target can open a text box, image, or video. ThingLink images are saved to your account on

Author a Digital Book with Book Creator

Book Creator is a paid app ($4.99), but there is a free version. Each page of the book can have any combination of text, images, audio, video, and drawings. Book Creator has the ability to combine multiple books into one, making it a great way to create a class anthology. Books made in Book Creator are in the ePub format and can be read using iBooks or another reader that can open ePub documents.

Reflect with QR Codes

"We do not learn from experience... we learn by reflecting on experience." - John Dewey

Tony made a QR code that points to It's a specially coded web page that randomly displays one of 30 different reflection questions. You can print a page and cut out reflection QR codes.

Curious about Tony's label printer he uses to make his stickers? It's on Amazon.

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