When we created PicCollage, we thought it would mainly be used as a digital alternative to scrap-booking, allowing users to capture their memories in unique, creative ways. But pretty quickly, we began seeing teachers from all over the world sharing their students’ PicCollage projects across social media and we realized what a great tool we’d created for the classroom! Since then, we’ve worked to make PicCollage classroom-friendly by adding school settings and even developing PicCollage for Kids, which can be used by kids of any age. Recently, we chatted with teachers from all over about how they use PicCollage in creative ways in the classroom to bring their lessons to life.
Stephanie Laird, an Instructional Coach at Mitchellville Elementary in Iowa started using PicCollage three years ago as a way for students to document their learning and demonstrate their understanding. Today, she works with teachers and students to incorporate PicCollage into their teaching and learning. She says, “I have worked with students from preschool through fifth grade who use PicCollage to share their ideas and voice with the world. The finished PicCollage product varies, but no matter the grade level, students are able to move from being consumers to creators.”
How do the students respond to the app? “They love PicCollage! It is an intuitive tool that they are able to independently use on their tablets. They also love how easy it is to share their finished collages with others via their blogs, portfolios, or Twitter.”
Stephanie finds that pairing PicCollage with other tech tools (including ThingLink, QR Codes, and Adobe Voice) allows students to enhance the images they’ve taken by adding their voice or other media. For example, when students are learning about a historical figure or event, they can create a PicCollage of photos related to the topic, and then narrate over it.
You can follow Stephanie on Twitter at @LairdLearning or on her blog.
Heidi Samuelson, a fourth grade teacher in the Bartlett City Schools near Memphis, Tennessee, says PicCollage “quickly became one of my students most favorite apps to create posters and smash together with other apps to share the learning!”
For one project, her “‘Student on Watch’ took photos during an author visit then uploaded them to PicCollage to create a poster to share. The completed poster was uploaded to Seesaw and then shared on our class Twitter account. “PicCollage is such a versatile and easy to manuever app!”
Jennifer Sanders, a first grade teacher at Merritt School in Elk City, Oklahoma, says,” I began using PicCollage in the classroom about 3 years ago when my school went 1-1 with iPads. I love how PicCollage allows me to create collages of special events, class lessons, fun experiments, and even recess fun.” In addition to sharing student collages on SeeSaw, Jennifer also sends special collages via text to individual parents (you know they love that! :)).
You can follow her on Twitter (@mrswideen) or her blog.