PicsArt Photo Editor & Collage

Top-notch photography app crams in professional functionality

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Grades

9–12

Subjects & Skills

Arts, Communication & Collaboration, Creativity, Critical Thinking, English Language Arts

Great for

Creating Media, Social Media

Price: Free to try
Platforms: Android, iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch, Kindle Fire, Web

Pros: Professional level tools and PC-level controls empower teens to excel.

Cons: Hardly worth mentioning.

Bottom Line: PicsArt Photo Editor & Collage offers teens and adults extensive, flexible, real-world functionality in a tight mobile package.

This app is a great way to motivate students to seek out and desire some of those form, color, composition, and framing techniques that are best taught by a human teacher. Teens can enter thematic contests, be listed in the community as a artist, and post to Facebook, Picasa, Flickr, or the PicsArt website. If users choose to incorporate captions and callouts in Collage or Drawing modes, some language arts standards could be covered, for example, students might apply knowledge of language in different contexts (9-12.L.3), use precise language, domain-specific vocabulary, and techniques (9-12.W.2.d), and use technology to produce, publish, and update individual or shared writing products (9-12.W.6).

PicsArt Photo Editor & Collage is a super powerful photography, image editing, and drawing app that's like Photoshop, Pinterest, Flickr, and a professional camera all rolled into one. There's really too much functionality to cover adequately, but here goes: camera with time lapse, burst, front and back views, effects, stickers, backgrounds, collage, drawing (on photo, blank, or background), thematic contests, photo search, Facebook integration (find friends, post), artists listing, networking with other artists (account profile, followers, notifications, followings, "memboxes," likes, suggestions for followings), and gallery of interesting recent, and tagged photos.

The terms of service require users to be at least 13; the terms also suggest that content may occasionally be sophisticated in nature, for instance with nude subjects, though none was encountered during this review.

 

By browsing user-contributed photo galleries, networking with other contributors, and creating their own content, teens will experience and practice adult- and professional-level digital creation that could not only transfer to job skills but would be a significant resume item as well. Though tutorials and reference material are absent, teens will forge ahead capturing the world in their sights, imagining new compositions, increasing self-awareness, and developing confidence in themselves through contests and membership in an arts community. Drawing mode is nearly as amazing with enough features and controls to make it quite accurate with a stylus. Less artsy features like collage still offer enough options to keep hobbyists happy. Users get a refreshingly high level of control over storage options. 

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Engagement

User contributed photos are dramatic and enticing, collage and photo effects are fun, and design is mostly intuitive.

Pedagogy

Plethora of real-world photography features and effects help teens develop career skills, as will browsing user-contributed photo galleries and networking with other contributors.

Support

While there is no tutorial or reference info, users are given a very refreshing PC-level of control over storage options. Users can take advantage of various sharing options and contests at their discretion.

Common Sense reviewer

Community Rating

What a Refreshing way to Create!

This app is a great way to redefine a lesson with technology. This app incorporates technology in the class to enhance students learning by them having infinite ways to create something and not be limited by non-tech materials. I liked the way that it makes a lesson more fun, the students more engaged, and having them think critically about what they want to make because it will be presented to the world. I liked the many materials one could use to create and the easy way to edit. I wouldn't say I liked that there was very little help on how to navigate the app. I wished that there was more help that the students could use. I like that there are multiple platforms for Picsart. Picsart drawing and painting and this app Picsart photoshop editor and Collage. I also like the collage layout on the numerous technology platforms; phone, laptop, and iPad.

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