Just experienced a presentation with Marco Torres (check out his alaslearns site) and felt inspired all over again. He shared some great apps for research, mind-mapping, and note-taking. Given some time to explore apps, I found some additional resources for producing & directing productions from the iPad. Let the show begin! (all apps listed are free unless otherwise stated)
I have been toying for some time on creating a lesson around modern day Shakespearean references found in music. I came across Sock Puppets today and absolutely fell in love. I decided to use it as the media for this project. (Notes about Sock Puppets: I love the sock puppets and backgrounds and the app is extremely easy to use. The only downside(s) are you can only record a 30 second show, if you talk too fast without pauses puppets will not open and close their mouths normally, and the upload to YouTube sometimes takes awhile. With in-app purchase, you have the ability to import your own photos as backgrounds, extend your recording time, and choose from more socks & props.) Found Sock Tube Presents in iTunes: these are vodcast parodies of feature films. Great inspiration and some fabulous ideas for how to handle props and staging if students choose to videotape their own socks vs. using the app – please view prior to showing to students to ensure content is appropriate as some tubes contain adult & mature content.
As mentioned in Puppet Pals lesson, there is a process to creating a final product. Below I have highlighted apps for each stage of the process. Also, consider the reason for the production: are you a teacher creating content for students or are you looking for a students centered project based on challenges, big ideas, and essential questions?
Research: While not all projects will necessitate research, some will require at least some background information. Check out some of these fantastic resources:
- Wolfram Alpha: (app is paid but website is free)
- WikiNodes: (this one is paid). Wikipanion is free but not quite as cool of an interface.
- Discover – Wikipedia in a Magazine
- Instapaper: (app is paid but very useful to save research for later review)
- Qwiki: (also a website)
Mind-Mapping & Note-taking: The first thing a student will want to do before creating a show is to get their thoughts on paper. Here are some great apps for mind-mapping:
- Notes Plus (paid but way cool)
- Notability (paid but currently 80% off)
- MindNode (the app is paid) but the Mac App is free
- iThoughts (paid but way cool)
- If you are a bargain shopper like me, check out the free apps Popplet Lite (Ophelia Character Traits compiled from Yahoo Answers) & iBrainstorm (lessons included in another post), All Stuck Up Lite, Live Note Lites, abc Notes Free, Infinote, MindMash, & Simplemind+ (also has a desktop version)
- Storyboard Composer (paid but great ratings – for more professional works)
- Writer’s Studio (actually creates a book – paid)
- Qvik Sketch: Consider drawing your own characters using Qvik Sketch or Quik Sketch Pro (paid) or Fountain Pen Pro (free) and adding character traits using Word Foto.
- My Lines Lite
- LineLearner Lite
- Actsophia Lite & Film Study
- 60 Second Recap (these are wonderful for inspiration on book trailers)
- Sides: (there are paid but reasonable and such a great resource for practicing Shakespeare)
- Reverse Charades: practice your improv
- Cartoon/Puppets/Animations: Puppet Pals, Toontastic $, PhotoPuppet HD Lite, Sock Puppets, Kid Animation, PlayTime Theater $, iMotionHD, Animation Studio $, Schmuppet, LED Shadow Puppets (consider creating a video with shadow or sock puppets). Check out Three Little Pigs & Three Billy Goats for some great examples of puppet shows (both are paid$) and Tortoise and Hare Puppet Show which is free!
- Movie: Videolicious, iMovie $, Splice – Video Editor Free, Silent Film Director, StopMotion Recorder $
- Podcasts: Check out some podcast productions (Old Time Radio Drama & Old Time Radio Mystery Theater) and then create your own (try doing a radio talk show, radio theater, or even a musical) – check out more podcast examples by content area. Voice Changer Plus allows you to record audio in different voices (e..g. choir, underwater, metallic, bird, etc…).
- Images: Here are a few great ways to create cool collages (Photo Mess), mosaics (i Photo Mosaic), frames (PhotoFunia), and cartoon strips (Comic Strip CS $) for and from your photos that can be used in other productions. Wanna get really creative with your images, check out Photogene $ & PhotoPad, and Hipstamatic $.
- Add more information about Shakespeare
- Locate other Movie adaptations (compare & contrast)
- Identify what play each of the listed movies is an adaptation of
- Find more songs that have Shakespeare references
- Identify the line in each of the songs listed that references Shakespeare and what play it originates from
- Create a playlist for a Shakespeare act (explain why each song is relevant: mood, imagery, character traits, allusion, quotes, etc…)
- Write a letter as if you were another Shakespearean character inquiring help or answers from Juliet (ala The Juliet Club in Verona). Write back some sage advice from Juliet.