By Kami Butterfield
I have had iPads in my classroom for the past six years. I started using the Pic Collage app as an alternative to worksheets and my students LOVE it. They have been become Pic Collage experts in fact, allowing us to go paperless.
For example, instead of using a PRONOUN worksheet from the story, we created a pronoun collage and my students took pride and ownership into their project. They understood what pronouns do for a writer and they started using them more often in their own writing after the project.
Instead of filling out our goals on a paper this year, we did it digitally in Pic Collage and showed our parents our goals and best projects using our iPads. To start this, I created a graphic organizer for them to set as a background for their collage. This gave them a guideline of what my expectations are and what I wanted their parents to see. Parents loved having this digital copy. These could be printed but we uploaded them to Seesaw and the parents have a digital copy for themselves.
We love typing in the Pic Collage app. I airdop graphic organizers and writing paper to the students all the time. Pic Collage allows us to change color, text, background colors, etc. which make for more eye-catching projects. The six reasons I would not make a good Herdman pictured above shows the versatility of this amazing app and how to make your projects stand out from others.
Kami Butterfield is a 21-year veteran third grade teacher in Baxter Springs, KS. This February, she is being recognized as a Midwest Technology Conference Spotlight Educator. She has 1:1 iPads in her classroom and she presents professional development to teachers who are interested in using the iPad in their classroom to enhance current curriculum. Her model classroom is paperless and many educators come to visit her classroom on a yearly basis. She is big advocate of apps used in the classroom. She is a PicCollage Ambassador, Classkick mentor, Seesaw Ambassador, Wonderbox Ambassador, and her class has been featured on the iteachtvnetwork and the DITTY app. She is also the author behind the blog, Teaching with APPitude!