App Smashing

to Increase Critical Thinking

App Smashing

App Smashing is a term coined by Greg Kulowiec to describe the process of using multiple apps in conjunction with one another to complete a final task or project.

Applify Your Learning Layering Your Apps
Technology Tailgate shares this 5th grade activity where students researched a scientist and created their final product using the Wordfoto, Phoster, and Tellagami apps.

App Smashing Components

Layer 1 - Capture an Image

  • Camera app
  • Save to camera roll
  • Drawing app
  • Screenshot from any app

Layer 2 - Grouping and/or Labeling

  • Collect images into a photo collage
  • Use text to label and classify elements
  • Use shapes and arrows to highlight significant parts

Layer 3 - Add Narration

  • Storytelling
  • Reflection
  • Analysis
  • Extension of information

Examples of App Smashing

  • 6th Social Studies - Civic Quotes app, Safari, Pic Collage, iMovie
  • Spanish - Camera app, Pic Collage, 30 Hands
  • Math - Camera app, Explain Everything
  • Science - Camera/web browser, Animoto, Thinglink

App Synergy by Lenny Liang

This app smash-up was created by Lenny Liang to show the power of image editing software on the iPad. You can read his article here.


The Definitive App Smasher's Guide by Miguel Guhlin

"App Synergy: The Art Form of App-Smashing" by TechChef4u

App-Smashing: Unleashing Creativity - presentation by Greg Kuloweic

App-Smashing with Your iPad - Resources from App Smashing Session from SAACTE13 Digitizing the Writing Workshop