Showing posts with label Collages. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Collages. Show all posts

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Summer Stories - Back-to-School Activities

The new school year is here for many and will be here soon for the rest of us. The first days of school are always exciting as we meet new students, they meet their new classmates, and we all start to get to know each other. As we all know, some students will start chatting with us and each other as soon as the classroom door opens while others may take a while to warm up.

One way that you can get almost any student to share a story about his or her summer break is to ask them to share some of their favorite pictures of the summer. I don't have hard numbers on this, but it sure feels like middle school and high school students take ten pictures for every one that an adult takes. The point being, is students scroll through their phones they will find plenty of story prompts. You could leave it right there and ask students to just tell stories about favorite pictures on their phones. That might be enough to get students talking to you and each other on the first day of school. Or you might take it a step further by having students create short image-based stories that they can share.

A couple of my favorite tools for creating image-based stories are Adobe Spark Page (formerly called Adobe Slate) and Pic Collage for Kids. Adobe Spark Page is available to use in your web browser and is also available as an iPad app. Pic Collage for Kids is available on as an iPad app, but there is a Pic Collage app for Android that doesn't have the "kids" label.

Adobe Spark Page lets students create simple webpages to showcase pictures accompanied by text captions. Students can import pictures of their own and or search for Creative Commons-licensed pictures within the app. Completed pages can be published publicly or shared privately. Learn more about how to use Adobe Spark Page by watching the video in this post.

Pic Collage is a simpler app than Adobe Spark Page. All images that students import appear on one page. Students can add text and emoticon stickers to the images on their collages. Students can also edit their collages' backgrounds. A video demonstration of Pic Collage is included in this post.

Thursday, December 19, 2013

Three Ways for Students to Create and Send Digital Holiday Greetings

Image credit: Jen Deyenberg
Tomorrow is the last day of school before winter break for many students. If you're looking for a good elementary school or middle school activity for the last day before break, consider having students create and send digital greeting cards. Here are three tools students can use to create and send digital greeting cards.

Animoto offers video themes for every season. Their holiday themes include "starry night," "wonderland of snow," "eight days of lights," "pop-up pandemonium," "gifting gifts," "spirit of December," and "wrapping scraps." To send a video greeting card through Animoto just select one of the themes, upload images or choose images from the Animoto gallery, select a soundtrack, title your project, and then let Animoto mix it into a beautiful video greeting. Students can share their video greetings through email, Facebook, or by embedding it into a blog.

PicMonkey is a great image editing and collage creation tool. They're currently offering a variety of holiday themes that students can use for their collages. Your students could create a holiday collage and share it via email or post in on your classroom blog.

Its A Message is a neat site for sending digital greetings that uses Google Maps Street View as its basis for generating location-based greeting cards. To send a greeting through Its A Message start by specifying any location. Its A Message will then take you to that location in a Street View display that has been enhanced for the holidays. For example, the imagery of Portland, Maine has been drawn with lights and snowflakes. After settling on a location click "share your message" to customize what appears on the screen and to send the greeting to friends.

Friday, April 19, 2013

Fotor - Edit Images and Create Image Collages on Almost Any Device

Fotor is a free image editing tool available in your web browser, as a desktop application for Mac and Windows, as iPad app, as an Android app, and as a Windows 8 application. Fotor can be used without creating an account. With Fotor you can crop images, apply filters, add picture frames, insert clip art, and add text to your images. You can also create image collages on Fotor. All of your work can be saved on your computer or mobile device. See Fotor in action in the Tekzilla video below.

Applications for Education
If your students need a free and easy-to-use tool to edit their images before putting them into presentations, give Fotor a try. Have students use the collage option to create collages about highlights of the school year, things they've learned, or to create a "poster" of their favorite library books.

Monday, December 10, 2012

Dropr - Create Multimedia Portfolios

Dropr is a free service for creating portfolios of your images, videos, and audio files. Within your Dropr account you can have multiple portfolio pages. If you wanted to have a page for images that you took in the fall and a page for images that you took in the spring, you can do that in Dropr.

To create a Dropr portfolio start by signing up with a social media profile or with your email address. Then start your first project by uploading a cover image. Once you have started a project you can drag and drop media from your desktop to the Dropr website. Each project can include text in addition to the media that you upload to it. Each of your projects will have a different URL. You can work on your projects in private until you are ready to share them with the world. Your Dropr projects can be embedded into a blog as a slideshow. 

Applications for Education
Dropr could be a good tool for having students create digital portfolios for the media that they produce. You could also use Dropr to have students create collages of images and videos about a topic that they're researching in your class. 

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Pic Collage - Quickly Create Image Collages

Pic Collage is a free service for quickly creating picture collages on your iPad or Android tablet. The app does not require you to register or connect a social network profile in order to create a collage. If you do connect a social network profile to Pic Collage you can pull in pictures from those accounts. Otherwise you can upload pictures that are stored on your device or take new pictures using the Pic Collage app.

The Pic Collage user interface is easy to use. Just tap the blank canvas to import pictures from your device, from a social network profile, or by taking a new picture. To arrange the images in your collage just touch and drag them. You can expand or contract the images by pinching on them.

Applications for Education
Back in June Angela Oliverson wrote a great post about using collages pique students' interest in books. I encourage you to read that post.

Thursday, April 22, 2010

Glogster EDU Resource Library

Glogster has just announced some new services for users of Glogster EDU. Among the services available to users of the free platform are new categories for Glogs that should make it easier to search for examples of academic uses of Glogster. Glogster has also launched a forum for teachers to share ideas and best practices for using Glogster in their classrooms. Glogster is calling the forum GLab.

Glogster has also released a PDF guide for educators interested in using Glogster in their classrooms. The Glogster Educator Resource Library is a free 29 page PDF containing lesson plans and examples of Glogster used in classrooms. The lesson plans come with scoring rubrics are are aligned to national standards. The Glogster Educator Resource Library also contains links to additional sites offering media that can be use in Glogs.

Learn more about Glogster EDU in these posts.
The New Glogster EDU is Live
Just in Time for School - Glogster EDU
Glogster Announces Changes to EDU Accounts

Friday, June 26, 2009

This Moment - Collages of Important Moments

I have a colleague that starts his school year by having his special education students create digital stories about the most important moments in their lives. His purpose is to introduce students to the concepts of story organization. Last year he had students copy and paste images from their Facebook and Myspace profiles to use in their stories. This fall he'll be able to use This Moment to have students build their stories.

This Moment allows users to create a digital collage of an important moment or moments in their lives. Using this moment you can use images and videos from your Facebook, Flickr, Picassa, and YouTube accounts to create your This Moment collage. This Moment also incorporates Google Maps so you can link to the location of where an event took place. Was there a story in the news about your chosen event? If so, you can include links to those news stories. When your collage is complete you can share it on a number of social networking services or embed it in your blog or website. You can see a sample that I made here.

Applications for Education
This Moment could be used by students to create digital collages of important moments in their lives. If your class goes on a field trip you could have students create This Moment collages of the trip. This Moment could also be used to create digital collage of current news stories.

I plan to use This Moment to share some of the sights and sounds of my trip to Washington, DC for NECC 2009.

Here are some related resources that may be of interest to you:
A Great Glogster Tutorial
Slide Magnet - Make Your Presentations Magnetic
World of Teaching - Slide Shows for All Subjects

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Photovisi - Simple, Quick Collage Builder

Photovisi makes creating collages of digital photos quick and easy. Simply select a collage template, upload images from your computer or Flickr account, sequence the images, and the collage is created. No registration is required to use the service, but you also cannot save the collages on Photovisi, you have to download your completed collage. You can see the collage I made in less than a minute in the image below.

Applications for Education
While there are certainly more advanced collage building tools that have more editing features, very few are as easy to use as Photovisi. Photovisi could be a good tool for students that are just beginning to learn to create content online. Registration is not required to use the service and there is not a public gallery of collages, therefore Photovisi could be used in elementary school classrooms without worries about strangers viewing students' work.