If you have an iPhone, iPad or an iPod Touch you now can download a FREE app called 30 Hands Mobile. Why? 30hands Mobile is a fun storytelling app that allows students, teachers and anyone with creativity to easily create stories or presentation based on photos, images or slides using a smartphone or tablet.
If you are wondering what you can do with this app, check out the Storyboarding Exercise. Here you will find an overview of how to begin using the app. Very easy and simple to use.
Jonathan Wylie’s 30 Hands Mobile Tutorial gives you a full overview of how to use the app.
Here are a few suggestions for using the APP with your students.
- First, find out which students have access to an iPhone or an iPad.
- Send an email to their parents to ask them if their student could bring the iPhone or IPad to your class (tell them which date).
- Once the parent says “Yes”, send then an email with the name of the APP “30 Hands” and the iTunes link. Ask them to download the app so that it will be available for the class project.
- Assign the students to work in groups (this way a student who may not have an iPhone can be part of a group to create a video).
- Choose a Theme for the video, for example: A Scripture Story, Story about their Confirmation Name, or….
- When working in the groups, involve all students in creating a storyboard. Distribute a copy of a storyboard that you can find at Printable Paper
- Invite the group to create a storyboard. You may want them to view this video “How To Create a Storyboard for Your Video”
- Once the storyboard is completed, review the story and offer suggestions.
- Once approved then students can work on taking the needed photos, drawing images that will later be photographed and added to the Photo Roll.
- Have the students view the 30 Hands Mobile Tutorial. This can be done in class, or you can email (or text) the URL to your students/families for them to view before they come to class.
- When all the images are ready, add them to the project and add the sound (audio or music)
- Once the video is completed, you can show in class or add to your class blog, ask your parish webmaster to add to the parish website, or email the links to the families to view.
Here is an example of a video that was created after the Dedication of the Cathedral of St. Jude the Apostle in St. Petersburg, Florida. Imagine taking students to visit their parish church or the diocesan cathedral and inviting them to tell the story of this church, what they learned during their visit.
You will discover that using this app is very easy to use. In addition you will also discover that this service provides an option for creating an online learning environment with your students. I’d encourage you to check it out!
Go to 30 Hands where you will discover an easy-to-use interface that allows teachers/catechists to quickly create course outlines then drag and drop multimedia content into the course and organize by topic, unit, theme, module, project team or learning style. Students always have quick access to the materials they need and teachers can quickly change the course structure as needed.
I hope that you will try the mobile app, as it is one of the easiest I’ve used to create a video. Come back to tell us how you are using the 30 Hands Mobile App or the course service. We’d love to hear your story.