I had a great time at the end of last school year allowing the students to use the Pic Collage app on the iPads to create mini-yearbooks using pictures from our class blog. There are many uses for the app, and I’m pretty sure that I have yet to use it to its full potential.
At a recent PD about using apps for creating, one of my colleagues, Camala Rose-Turnage, suggested using the app for a fraction study. Students could take a group of pictures, of which only some have a certain thing in common (such as the color red), and then other students could figure out the fraction. Awesome! Besides the fact that I had never heard an idea like this before, I could see a lot of potential for differentiation. Some students might choose obvious traits for their groups, such as color or shape; others might select something more abstract, such as objects that are used for particular activities (recess toys) or ones that all start with a certain letter. The fractions might vary in complexity, too. You could have some students portray fractions that could be reduced, or even – depending on the Pic Collage layout – mixed numbers.
Pic Collage is also great for app-smashing. Use it with Thinglink and Aurasma for an awesome interactive poster. You can find a ton of Pic Collage app-smashes on this Pinterest board by Holly Inniger.
What’s your favorite way to use this versatile app?