iPad Buzzword: App Smashing

One of the big “buzzwords” in iPad assisted education is “App Smashing.” If this term causes you angst, do not allow it to do so. The definition of “App Smashing” is taking the product from one app, using it in another, and perhaps using the product of the two apps in a third app.

Put another way, “App Smashing” is what iPad users do all the time–particularly music educators.

Let me give you several examples:

Scenario 1:

  1. A teacher uses NotateMe to write out a melodic line, and then exports the MusicXML file to Notion.
  2. In Notion, the teacher takes advantage of Notion's music notation, taking a screen shot of the results and exporting the audio.
  3. The teacher takes the audio into iMovie and creates a blank movie, with only the audio file (audio remains a particularly tricky issue on the iPad). That movie is exported to the Camera Roll.
  4. In Keynote, the teacher embeds the screen capture from Notion, along with a movie (with opacity set to 0) to play the example on a Keynote slide for their class.

In this case, four different apps are used to create one Keynote slide, “smashing” NotateMe, Notion, iMovie, and Keynote.


Scenario #2:


  1. A teacher enters a song into Notion with the intent of generating an accompaniment file. That song gets exported to Dropbox.
  2. The teacher uses Dropbox to open the song into forScore.
  3. The teacher links the song to the actual score, and then uses the resulting accompaniment track in their rehearsals.
In this case, three apps are used to create an accompaniment for a PDF in forScore, “smashing” Notion, Dropbox, and forScore.

If you use your iPad for anything other than watching movies, surfing the web, and checking e-mail, you likely already “App Smash” as much as anyone else.


In music education, App Smashing isn't a new concept: we are used to having to use any number of computer programs to create resources for our classrooms, whether we are given Windows PCs, MacBooks, SMART Boards, or Chromebooks. App Smashing is simply a way of life, particularly when no software program or app can do all that we need to do!


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