How I Use It
Fifth graders in my district used this app to demonstrate understanding after studying aquatic dead zones. Their task was to create an infographic that communicated one big idea from the unit, incorporating images and text in an informative and aesthetically appealing way. Since this was only part of the activity (we later uploaded the infographic into Voicethread to add audio and share with others for feedback), I wanted something that would be quick and easy to use. I had previously used Pic Collage app with students for similar activities, but the newly included gallery in that app has caused us to remove it from student devices. PhotoGrid worked nicely as a replacement, allowing students to quickly add images and text to their projects then save them to camera roll. The only think I missed from Pic Collage was the ability to crop images to be included in the project. This was a nice feature to have. However, that is a minor concession and not critical to our purpose.
This app suited my needs perfectly! I wanted a tool that would allow students to easily create an infographic "poster" that they could then upload to VoiceThread be shared with others in their class. Since PhotoGrid saves finished projects as images to the camera roll, we were able to easily access student infographics for uploading. The app took no setup since it didn't require accounts and students needed very little in the way of instructions to be able to use it. We only used the grid and PinBoard layouts, but I plan to also try the Video Slides in the future. I LOVE that you can add music from either your own library or use the default PhotoGrid song which will be a big timesaver in a crunch. Video Slides also allow for the use of transitions and timing changes which impressed me. The best thing about the app is how simple it is to use and how quickly students can create a digital product to be used in various ways. While there are certainly tools that allow for more customized products, I am more than satisfied with PhotoGrid and plan to continue using it with the students in my district.