Photo Fun with Pic Collage

Screen Shot 2014-03-11 at 7.15.57 PMI’m sure you’ve seen photo collages on Facebook or on Instagram, and you may have wondered what app the person used to put together the collage. There are a few collage apps in the App Store. The one that I think works best for students in any grade level is Pic Collage. If you are unfamiliar with Pic Collage, it’s like a digital version of an old-school collage where you took a bunch of photos and glued them down to a poster board in a fun and artsy way.

How Is It Used?

Pic Collage is easy for little fingers to use. It starts by choosing a blank canvas. Students can also check out the template gallery from this view (see the cat?).

IMG_0641 Students can add photos from the camera or from the photo roll, or from the Web. They can also add text and stickers.IMG_0643

At any time, the layout can be changed from free-form to a pre-determined layout or vice-versa. Students can also change the background at the same time. Students can add up to nine photos to any collage and there about 14 different layouts available. That doesn’t include the pre-designed templates that students can also use. IMG_0644

Students can save their collages to the camera roll (in addition to posting it to Pic Collage, Facebook or Twitter), which means they have control over how it’s used. They can import it into a different app for “app smashing” or they can send it to someone special.

Common Core Connection

There are a couple of standards that Pic Collage helps students to address, but more than the standards, it helps students develop a number of the 7 Cs. Using Pic Collage helps students meet the following Speaking and Listening Standard:

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.CCRA.SL.5: Make strategic use of digital media and digital displays of data to express information and enhance understanding of presentations.

It can also help students achieve CCSS.ELA-Writing.CCRA.L.5: Demonstrate understanding of figurative language, word relationships, and nuances in word meanings.

In addition to the Common Core Standards, Pic Collage is a great tool for communication, creativity, and critical thinking. It also helps students develop their visual design skills. Feedback on student work can center around content or the visual design of their collage (especially if they use free-form).

What Do You Think?

How have you used Pic Collage in the classroom?

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