One of my favorite uses of iPads, Android tablets, and cell phones is mobile blogging. Blogging apps make it possible for students to record their observations and those of others from almost anywhere (click here for the mobile apps for the most popular blog platforms). Here are three mobile blogging activities that you might have students try on your next field trip.
1. One-take and or quick-cut videos. Have your students interview each other in front of a landmark to talk about what they’re learning on a field trip. The YouTube apps for iOS and Android are made for that type of activity.
If your students have been taking a lot pictures on a field trip, have them organize a short audio slideshow video through the Animoto Android or iOS apps. Click here for an example that I made with the Animoto Android app.
2. Podcasts and audio notes. Have your students use Audioboom or Sound Cloud (both are available for iOS and Android) to create simple audio recordings in which they describe what they’re seeing on a field trip. They can also use the apps to record informal interviews with folks like museum tour guides or park rangers.
3. Enhance pictures. Your students can use ThingLink (iOS or web browser) or PicCollage (available for iOS and Android) to add some information to pictures that they take on field trips. In the case of ThingLink they can add interactive elements to their pictures. Those elements can include links, notes, video clips, MP3 recordings, and other images. In the case of PicCollage students can put together a simple collage of field trip highlights.