To make a long story short, we have been using the Silent Film Director app at York Elementary for the last three to four months. Our students have created book trailers, funny movies, and our staff did a silent film and played it for our students the last day before Christmas break.
What fourth grader doesn't have about a gazillion apps on their iPod? To think that we could actually pose questions to someone that has created an app that has sold over a million times! Alexander and his marketing manager, Natalie Kinn, were amazing during our Skype. Our fourth graders had created and shared with each other a Google Doc in which they listed several, actually three pages worth, of questions that they had for Natalie and Alex. The Skype lasted only twenty minutes, but the authentic learning that happened in the media center that day was amazing!
Have you tried using Skype in your classroom this year? If not, I would highly recommend it! My contact list has grown substantially this year! Try Skype. It's engaging, it's authentic, and most importantly, it's a tool that your students WILL be using in their future!