Step 1: Download the app from the iTunes Store or Google Play
Step 2: Click to use a Template or start a new freestyle collage. PicCollage provides a variety of different templates to match the theme of your project.
Step 3: Choose a layout. You can select a layout that will provide a space for each of your pictures and text or you can add photos and arrange them however you choose.
Step 4: Tap to add photos! Students can select pictures from their Photos, Facebook, Instagram or open the Camera to take photos straight from the app. Students can then easily manipulate the images’ size and position. Step 5: Click to add text, photos from the web, stickers and even change the background.
Step 6: Save your collage straight to your Camera Roll and export it from there. PicCollage can also be used in app-smashing. Collages can be used with Thinglink or Aurasma to make interactive posters!
Here are are six ways that I have used PicCollage in my classroom:
Students took a picture of each coin and inserted the pictures it into a collage. Next, they added text with the name and the value of each coin. Students added stickers at the end of the lesson just for fun!
Each student took a sentence strip with a synonym written on it and walked around the room to find the matching synonym. Students took pictures of each other holding the matching synonyms and put all of the pictures into a collage. They also added a title and stickers.
Students were given a word and asked to think of other words that rhyme. They used the search feature in PicCollage to find pictures that represent those rhyming words and inserted the pictures into a collage.
While learning about the different seasons in Kindergarten, students were asked to find pictures of things that represent their favorite season. They inserted those pictures into a collage and added text to name the season.
Students started this project by taking a selfie. Next, they added text with words that describe themselves. They changed the background and even the text features to match their personalities!
Students took pictures of things around the classroom that represent a given number. They added text with the number and inserted all of the pictures that represented their number into a collage.
by Misti Gardner, Commerce ES 2nd Grade Teacher and iCoach.