Pic Collage! is a great app to add a new twist to your daily lessons. These pictures are examples from second grade students at Avilla in Mrs. Leffel’s classroom.
We had students partner up for help with the photos. This was a replacement activity for a whole group lesson where students would sit and come up with action words on a board.
The whole class loved it. They worked hard and stayed on task.
Students will find things within the app to make each Pic Collage unique.
Many students became quick experts and were eager to help around the room.
Check it out and share what your students are creating with Pic Collage.
Story has quickly become a very popular app amongst teachers. Students can quickly create a high quality presentation or digital book with the app. It allows the user to put in pictures, captions, and full pages of text within the book.
Here is an example that Mrs. Yoder had her first graders build. For several days, the students collaborated and built a list of animals for each letter of the alphabet. Mrs. Yoder sent the list to me and I used Morgue File to gather royalty-free photographs. I then sent her about four or five letters worth of pictures to her so that she could forward them to her students. (Yes, teachers can email fairly large amounts of photos to students. In this project, I was able to send 26 pictures.) The first graders downloaded the images to their camera roll, imported them into the Story project, and if students had additional time, they added facts about animals.
There was one little hiccup though. Mrs. Yoder quickly found out toward the end of the project that the user can only make twenty two-page spreads. So to solve that problem, Mrs. Yoder had students use Pic Collage to cluster together the last few animals.
Here is the direct link to the Story example by Lauren.
I have two sets of examples to post today. The first one I had blogged about several weeks ago on the presentation tools section of this blog. It is called Face on Coin Booth. Mrs. Sibert invited me into her class knowing she was going to cover decimals involving money. This provided a great opportunity to use Face on Coin since it was a really obvious application. Here we had students take their own picture, write the sentence “decimals separate dollars and cents,” and write three different ways to write a cents amount. Check it out for yourself:
I also picture this application useful in areas such as writing character traits, telling import parts in a chapter, or even recording quick facts that were learned about a topic. I like to think of this app as a good one for quick projects to share knowledge and understanding. It is without a doubt not for upper level thinking, but it does make for a more engaging experience in the classroom.
Another set of examples is from Mrs. Abbs’ first grade classroom. Her students used the stickers in Pic Collage to demonstrate subtraction story problems. I hadn’t even thought of using the objects that were already available in Pic Collage for the math manipulatives.
Today I had the pleasure of helping the media specialist at North Side utilize the iPods with first grade students. (Thanks for asking for help, Mrs. Valenti.) I gathered together a bunch of pictures from Morgue File that would make great options for compound words. For example: I found a picture of a dragon, a fly, and a dragonfly. Altogether, I had 26 pictures in the email.
This process only took me about five to ten minutes to gather all the pictures into a folder and send them away. How long would it have taken me to make copies of all the examples, get paper ready, glue, scissors, and coloring utensils?
As the students came in, I showed them how they can download all the pictures at once by clicking on the “save 26 images” icon when the user taps on just one picture. This saved all the pictures to their library so that they would be able to access them for their Pic Collage project. I would love to get to the point where we could use a classroom Dropbox, Box, or Skydrive account so that I could just dump the photos into a folder for all the students to access. Hopefully that option will be available on our school network in the future because it would save teachers a lot of time.
Next step was to show the kids how to get pictures into Pic Collage. I demonstrated this by using the pictures of butter + cup = buttercup so that the kids understood that they needed to match the pictures so that it would make a compound word. I also showed them how to add in text, change the color of text, and change the background on their collage. In the end, I was pretty satisfied with the results. Here is my example that I did with the students:
Now I will share with you some student examples. Keep in mind, I only had a few students share and they were completely random. We ran out of time so I quickly pulled a few students aside so that they could email me the results. I by no means kept the best of the best. These students were very engaged and excited in the activity. Next week, Mrs. Valenti plans on having them continue the project since we only had time to complete one collage.
This honestly has to be one of the most inspiring elementary edtech blogs that I have ever come across. Kristi Meeuwse is a kindergarten teacher from South Carolina that frequently blogs, tweets, and pins all kinds of useful ideas on the internet. Her intellectual property is extremely valuable. I am always appreciative of someone that is so willing to share for the greater good of education.
In this blogpost, Kristi has students use Pic Collage to report about “pirate vocabulary.” They also use Doodle Buddy to illustrate their own pirates to place into the collage. Along with the text, illustrations and pictures, I would say that these kindergarteners were able to produce some mighty fine products.
Please take some time to look at her blog. I think you will find inspiration there as well. 🙂
Mrs. Abbs and Mrs. Yoder sent me a cool idea today. Their students showed plural nouns using Pic Collage. They had them take pictures of the singular form and the plural form of the noun. The students added the actual words to the collage. This activity looks like a whole lot more fun than what I did to learn plural nouns when I was in school. I can’t remember that far back, but my guess was that involved a pencil and workbook. 🙂
Next Abbs and Yoder plan on having them do the same thing, but they will be doing it for words that end in “es” and “ies”. If they send them, I will plan on adding them to this post.
Thanks for the great idea, Mrs. Abbs and Mrs. Yoder!
(Click on an example to get the full view.)
Here is the later product created by a first grader to demonstrate when to add “es” to a plural noun:
Here we go again, more examples of how resourceful just one application can really be for your classroom. It reminds me of when I was first hired by Mr. Jim Tilghman back at the old Wayne Center before we had much technology to work with at all. He was famous for asking the “peanut butter question” during an interview. That question was the following: If you had a classroom, and you only had a jar of peanut butter, what would you teach? The whole point was to see how resourceful you could be on the spot. I don’t know how good my answer was, but I am thankful he hired me anyway. 🙂
I am looking at a lot of these apps that you can create with the same way. If you only had Doodle Buddy. If you only had Pic Collage. If you only had 30 Hands. If you only had Perfect Captions, If you only had Skitch. If you only had Multi-Photo Voice Recorder. The list could go on and on, but what would you teach?
Mrs. Gaines of South Side recently sent a collection of examples with Pic Collage. I encouraged her to do so despite her noticing that I have posted a lot of examples of Pic Collage. (Thanks for noticing by the way.) Those examples are essential for sparking ideas in the minds of fellow teachers. I love receiving them, because ultimately this blog starts to become a resource where collaboration takes place across our five elementary buildings. (Comments are welcome too!)
I think what I like most about these examples is that it is proof that to integrate the technology, it does not mean you have to invest tons of time. These students were able to create a product very quickly and send it to their teacher.
Here is what is going on in Mrs. Gaines’ second grade classroom:
We are learning about the life cycle of butterflies. We have some key vocabulary we are learning with this unit. Students used pic collage to display their learning of the new words.
We also used pic collage to display our learning during read to self. We were inferring about characters and working on character description.
Thanks again for the great work! I appreciate your willingness to share!
Here are a few examples of “how-to” pieces created by first grade students in Mrs. Yoder’s class. This activity took place over a couple of days to work with their devices.
Steps in the activity:
- The students created their rough drafts on paper with illustrations. The paper included four boxes and four spaces for text to make the piece a grand total of four steps.
- The students then used Pic Collage to snap a picture of the illustration and type their text in order to make “slides” for their presentations. It was then saved to the camera roll.
- The slides were imported into 30 Hands. Recordings were made for each slide as the students read their pieces aloud. The final product was saved to the camera roll as a video.
- The last step was for students to upload their video to Kidblog using the title of their work for the title of their blog post.
After finishing this project, the students were very excited and engaged in the process. The students love the opportunity to create a high quality publication using their iPod touch. So much potential lies within those devices. When students are given the opportunity to share their work through a creative means, it becomes very motivating for them. The amount of students off-task in other applications or in the settings was kept at a minimum due to the nature of the activity.
How to Write a Story
How to do University Time
And my personal favorite…
How to be Good
As a former fourth grade teacher, one of the typical activities I would do every year when talking about geometric solids is have the kids do a scavenger hunt to find examples throughout the room so that they can connect the concept to their world. I would have them jot the objects down on a paper as they found them under each three-dimensional shape category. The students always found it fun and engaging to go on the scavenger hunt because who doesn’t like the opportunity to get up and roam around the classroom in order to complete a task in elementary school?
Mrs. Caylor of Avilla Elementary utilized Pic Collage for the same purpose. She had the students use pic collage to snap pictures and label them accordingly. This is an enhancement to the previous method. I can’t imagine how long it would have taken them to complete the same task without an iPad or an iPod touch. Not only that, but I would find it hard for someone to argue that it was less engaging than the previous method.
Thanks for sharing, Mrs. Caylor!
I love applications/websites that teachers can use across their curriculum. I especially love it when teachers tell me how well that application or website is working for them because they have found it to be an essential part of their teaching.
Here are a few examples that were sent my way this week:
The first example is from a first grader in Mrs. Yoder’s class using an iPod Touch and the Pic Collage application. They used the app to quickly record a nonfiction text feature with a picture and label it. This is a really good opportunity for students to see that their iPods can be a recording tool while working with a paper text. I love the idea of students studying a text and having their iPod/iPad ready to document their findings.
The second sample was sent to me by Mrs. Abbs. Her first graders used Skitch to make a synonym web. I had never really thought of using Skitch in this manner, but I can imagine that it was a fun and engaging way to study synonyms and integrate technology. I learned something from this as well since I did not know that you could use a blank canvas for Skitch instead of an image. You can also find out more about Skitch here.
The final example is from Mrs. Erexson’s second grade. Here she is using Pic Collage to have students write a summary. This same task could be accomplished with applications like Pages. However, in many ways, Pic Collage meets the younger student’s needs better since it is not fully featured.