April 5, 2014 • Piedmont Elementary • Charleston, West Virgina

On Saturday, April 5, 2014 teachers at Piedmont Elementary 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 where participants will create and share a variety of products that students can make, including collages, narrated slideshows, talking avatars, and digital books. Teachers will leave with ideas they can put into practice right away.

Before the Workshop

  • Bring a fully charged iPad.
  • Know your Apple ID and password.
  • Update your apps.
  • Install the free apps in the box at the top of this page. Open this web page on your iPad and click each app's View button to be taken directly to that app's page in the App Store.


  • 8:00-9:45 Introductions, QR Codes, Saving Images, Collages
  • 9:45-10:00 Break
  • 10:00-11:40 Sharing, Narrations, Animations, Funny Movies
  • 11:40-12:30 Lunch
  • 12:30-2:15 Digital Books, Bingo, Reflecting 



You can find public domain images at openclipart.org and pixabay.com. Remember when saving from openclipart.org, 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.

Each grade level's Common Core standards calls for students to use technology to produce and publish.


Students work in small groups (or individually) to answer a driving question. The question is so deep that it requires much thinking and investigation. Students make a product to share their answer with an audience after refining and reflecting.


  • Use Pic Collage to combine images and text.
  • Use the Share button to save to iPod's Camera Roll/Photo Library.
  • If an image is in the Photo Library, it can be synced, opened in other apps, emails, or copied to Google Drive. 


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. On an iPad you can only upload photos and videos.

Suggested Padlet Wall Settings

  • Log into Padlet.com.
  • 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.


  • Use the Google Drive app to upload videos, photos, and files to your account.
  • After they are uploaded, you can share your videos, photos, and files. Google Drive gives you a URL to copy.

Steps for Making Any Video in Your Photo Library into a QR Code

  1. Open the Google Drive app and sign in.
  2. Click the Upload button (on left side, near the bottom of the screen).
  3. Click the + button.
  4. Choose Upload Photos or Videos.
  5. Click Camera Roll and select your video.
  6. Click the blue check button.
  7. Wait for the upload to complete.
  8. Go to drive.google.com on your PC and log in.
  9. Click the checkbox next to your uploaded video.
  10. Click the More button and choose Share and Share again.
  11. Change Visibility Options to anyone with the link can view.
  12. Click Save and copy the link.
  13. Open your web browser and go to goqr.me.
  14. Click the URL tab and paste into the box.
  15. Now you have a QR code you can display or download and save!


Bring in a series of images and record audio for each one using the 30hands app. Don't worry about signing in, just skip that step. When done you can publish the exported movie to your Camera Roll.


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. Read Tellagami in Perspective for some great tips.

Use the PuppetPals HD app for iPad to stage conversations. The puppet shows can be saved as a video in iPad’s Photo Library. The free version has limited characters and backgrounds. To gain access to lots more characters and backgrounds and to have the ability to use any photo in your puppet show, get the Director’s Pass for $2.99.


  • Use Dropitto.me to collect videos from students into your Dropbox folder. Students do not need accounts to upload to that folder.
  • Create an account at Dropitto.me and link it to your Dropbox account.
  • You can pick out a URL like dropitto.me/tonyv and a password.  Pick out an easy password to type.
  • Give the web address to students (or make into a QR code) so that they can upload videos to your Dropbox from iPads. 
  • This does not work for photos since iPod gives photos the same name, causing Dropbox to overwrite old images. 


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.


Read and store digital books in the iBooks app. You can download a pair of free books all about apps for learning. Choose Open in iBooks after the download is complete to being reading.

Book Creator is an iPad app for making digital book that can be read in iBooks. It’s priced at $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.

Examples: Social Skills Volume 3: Manners On The Bus and The Respiratory System by Xavier Smith

Book Creator epub books can be opened in other apps like Google Drive.


Create Bingo boards at bingobaker.com. Each board you create will have its own URL. Copy that address and paste it into goqr.me so students can scan a code to get a bingo board. Each time a students go to that link the squares on the board are randomized.

If you like Bingo Baker, you might also like crosswordlabs.com. Here's a crossword example with the apps and sites we talked about today.


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

Tony made a QR code that points to tonyv.me/reflect. 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.