After I mulled over how the students would react to participating in an App Smash, I decided to take the plunge. What's the worst that could happen? A little whining. No worries, I got this!
As I suspected, there was no whining, there was a competition to see claim apps and extensions before anyone else could. We created a Google Slides presentation so the students could work on it at the same time and from anywhere they chose to.
The criteria for the assignment was basically the same as an #edcamp. Show us an app or extension that you think will be useful to us as we work our way through the rest of the school year. It has to have applicability beyond just this class and you have 2 minutes to present it.
I prepared a Google Sheets survey so the class could answer three questions for each presenter.
1. Was this presentation helpful to you?
2. Do you see applicability for this app/extension?
3. Is this the winner?
The winner of the Smackdown (based on the students voting) would receive a $20 gift card to Dunkin Donuts. I'm not sure how your town is with Dunkin, but that is like gold in our town.
The day of the Smackdown, the Superintendent and my Principal participated in the audience voting. As a side note, this was the Superintendent's first experience with Google Sheets and the survey and he was blown away that I could put the survey together in a matter of minutes and find the results in a matter of seconds.
When we finished the Smackdown, several of my students commented that they now understand what I mean when I say I get a learning concussion when I'm at an #edcamp. I'll take that as a success!!
I've included the Google Slides presentation (http://goo.gl/B8JRgD) and plan to use it as
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