How I Use It
Pic Collage allows you to create digital posters demonstrating what you know. You can quickly add, text, stickers, backgrounds, pictures and videos all to make learning come alive. Have students go on a picture scavenger hunt looking for different shapes. Add those pictures to the collage and label them. Working on adjectives? Have your students take a selfie and label themselves with adjectives that describe them. Have students find various angels in the classroom, add pictures of them to the collage and label. Have students demonstrate their learning of famous people and places and create a biographical collage. The list goes on. Creations can quickly be saved to the camera roll and then uploaded or "app smashed" with other apps like ChatterPix to add an audio component.
This is another one of my go-to apps to share with teachers. It's versatility across grade levels and content areas makes it in my top 5 list of apps. It supports the idea of learning, creating and sharing with the iPad, one of the best ways to use the tool in my opinion. You can easily give students voice and choice when using an app like Pic Collage. It also supports the idea of shifting away from a worksheet driven classroom to one that focuses on higher level thinking and a deeper understanding of the content by allowing students to show what they know. Be careful of the stickers as it can be a time suck for sure. I've noticed that one of the stickers one of my kindergartners came across one day was a Miller High Life bottle, but haven't been able to find it since. I'm not sure if Pic Collage did away with it or not. When using this app with students, I list the "must haves" on the board and give them a time limit. If they finish before times up, then they can add the extras. I make sure my students work on the content first and save the fluff for later. Otherwise, they may never finish. I also make sure students have the opportunity to share whether its really quickly in a small group, displaying the iPad big screen or posting it to Seesaw, Edmodo or Google Classroom to enable others to comment. This is a keeper and you will love the possibilities that Pic Collage offers. Maybe Pic Collage will add an audio component one day?!? Fingers crossed.