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Today's Activities

Today's Activities

Activity ONE - Creation in the Classroom
   (you'll need the Sonic Pics App for this one!)

Goal: To create a short video as if you were traveling across the country as a reporter for your local newspaper.  Your task as this news reporter is to interview various people from a new town (perhaps Crescent City?) and find three interesting facts about the area to report. This can take place in the past (fishing in the 1800's), present, or future (a vision of what you think Crescent City might be in 20 years?).  Take on the persona of a "character" you might know, or even a local celebrity!   (please limit your project to 3-5 minutes). 

Ready? Follow the steps below.
  • Save images to your iPad from this link (tap and hold the image and select save)

  • Additional information about Fresno can be found on its Wikipedia Page

    Don't forget you can use Google Earth or Google Maps to make your own custom Screenshots! 
  • Find your saved images in your Photos
  • Open up the SonicPics Lite and import the 3 images 
  • Drag your images to change their order
  • Write a script that will cover all the areas mentioned 
  • Practice speaking with inflection.
  • When ready, click record to narrate the movie. As you narrate you can move to the next image and keep speaking by sliding your finger over the image from left to right.
  • When you're finished, save and preview the movie
  • Share your video, send your video to

Activity TWO: Project Guttenberg

  • eBooks are going to be the mainstay for the way that we will soon be interacting with text.   
  • Please visit Project Guttenberg on your iPad and search for a book that might interest you.
  • Download a book and explore the interactivity of the text.  

Activity THREE - iBooks/GoodReader (accessing information "offline")

With apps like iBooks and GoodReader, you can have access to content (pre-planned) on the go when you don't have a wi-fi connection to the Internet.    I'd like for you each to find some content on your computer (Preferably PDF's) and get that content on your iPad so you can read it later.  

1.  Connect your iPad to your computer. 
2.  Drag files (either audio, video, but most importantly documents.... ) into the iTunes library so that the library is highlighted blue. 
3.  Now click on the iPad icon on the left and then navigate to the books tab across the top of the main menu in iTunes. 
4.  Check the books you want to sync to your iPad (repeat these same steps for music, videos, etc). 
5.  Now sync your iPad. 
6.  Open up the iBooks app and you'll see an option on the left side for "PDF's"... now you can read them wherever you are, or at least have access to them. 

For extra credit. 

1.  Download the GoodReader app. 
2.  Email yourself (or use Dropbox) a copy of a PDF you'd like to have access to offline.   When you go to open it, it will prompt you to choose the program to open it in, select GoodReader. 
3.  Now that you have the PDF open in GoodReader, feel free to make some annotations to it!   
4.  Now, browse to a website that you frequent.   
5.  Once you find a website (let's pretend it's something that you want to read when you're offline), put a "g" in front of the url (g and it will now be accessible offline. 


Activity FOUR: Video Creation (30 minutes)

The Vimeo App for iOS (Video)
Create an account at or login.
Complete your registration if necessary (via email).
Download the Vimeo App for iPad.
Shoot some video!
Edit the video.
Post to Vimeo and share.

BONUS: Export your project to your video library to upload it elsewhere (like YouTube).

Optional: Check out Apple's iMovie for $4.99. 

Activity FIVE: Annotate an eBook (30 minutes)

Create an account at or login.
Download the Kindle App for iPad.
Register your kindle (from inside the app).
Download the sample of The Long Tail by Chris Anderson. 
Annotate Chapter 1: The Long Tail: How technology is truning mass markets into millions of niches

View your annotations online at

BONUS: Search your annotations, and cut-and-paste them... or save and share them using another service, like Evernote.

Optional: Check out Apple's iBooks for free too.   You can also try GoodReader ($4.99) which allows you to do some different type of annotations on PDF's.


  • We're going to head to Apptivites where we'll search through some of the available activities. We'll then be making some trading cards to share with everyone in the room. For the trading cards you'll need to make sure you've loaded Strip Designer or Comic Touch on your iPad as well as Bump.
  • Let's try out Dragon Dictation, the free transcription software! When you're ready, start recording and watch what happens!
  • If we have time, we'll walk through how to download the white paper on iPhone App Use in Higher Ed from and use the GoodReader App to read it.  

Want to learn more about transferring files from the iPad to a computer?