I’ve known about the PicCollage app for quite some time, but never really gave the app enough credit for how it could be used. However, I love it when my eyes are opened and I get to see a familiar app used in new and different ways. That happened back in November when I had the opportunity to go on one of Forsyth County’s BYOT One-Day Tours. PicCollage was one of many apps used that day, but what amazed me was that I saw this free app being used at every grade level.
First, a little about PicCollage. It’s free. It’s a device agnostic app, which means it’s available for both iOs and Android devices, and it’s free. I know I’ve already mentioned that last part twice before, but I love free apps that I’d be willing to actually pay to use.
Some of the app’s features are:
- Import photos from your photo gallery, Facebook and web image search
- Simple touch gestures to rotate, resize, flick to delete
- Double-tap a photo to edit photo with Aviary photo effects, clip photo, adjust borders
- Just tap on the lower-left Frame icon, and swipe to select a frame to make an instant collage!
- Clip photos by outlining the area you want with your finger
- Lots of backgrounds and stickers to choose from!
What’s more, PicCollage for the iPad now offers School Settings for the iPad/iPhone, which means schools can turn off the social sharing features of the app and prevent students from searching the web for images from within the app. I can see where these would be especially useful for younger students.
As for how this app can be used in the classroom, check out these examples. Click on the images to see larger versions of them and to view them at their original site.
1. Sequencing the events of a story
As suggested by Alan Peat on his blog, Mr.P’s ICT Blog, students could use the same type frame layout in PicCollage to help plan a narrative or plan a recount, using visual pictures that they could have created.
2. Showing differences and making comparisons
Here, students took pictures of objects that illustrated the three terms opaque, transparent, and translucent.
Farrah Kilgo of Think*Share*Teach mentions a few other ideas for using PicCollage such as:
- real life examples of planes (geometry)
- acute, obtuse, and right angles around our school
- items that are insulators
- items that are conductors
- equivalent forms of money ($1.00 shown in several different ways)
3. Country Poster
Use PicCollage to create a collage of images that illustrate unique aspects of a country’s culture.
Other suggested activities from ICTechnotoolkit.com are using PicCollage to:
- Create a poster
- Pictures from an excursion
- Capturing students’ knowledge on a topic
- Word wall
- Creating poems visually
- Poster on a science experiments
- Graphic organisers
4. Visual Dictionary
5. Language Classes
Use PicCollage to illustrate vocabulary terms in the target language.
And even MORE examples!!