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PicCollage for the Classroom⤴

from @ ICT for Learning & Teaching in Falkirk Schools

Pic⏺Collage – much more than the name might suggest, Pic⏺Collage is a free app which works on multiple platforms including iPads, Android, Windows and Amazon devices. Yes of course it can create collages of multiple images but it can do much more! And it has uses to support across the curriculum in different ways.

Grids

At its most straightforward you can create a collage of multiple images in one single image to illustrate an aspect of learning in an overview.

And Pic⏺Collage provides a range of grid templates from which to choose. Simply open the app, choose “grids”, select your images from your device, select the outline shape/proportion from the size tab, then from Grid tab choose from the range of grid types – note that you can choose from overlapping freestyle or from different numbers of images and relative sizes.

In addition, for any selected grid template, you can click on any single image at a time and adjust the relative proportions/size of each image to reflect how you want the complete collage of images to appear.

The size of the gap between each image (the background), as well as the outline of the entire collage, can be adjusted by using the slider (you can adjust it so there is no background or gap between images). Click on the third tab, background, to choose the colour or pattern which will appear between images and around the outline of the collage.

The Tweet by @MPS_Primary6 used the app to select images to illustrate mood and diplay in a grid template and overlay with text

 

Stickers

For any collage you can add stickers, from speech/thought bubbles to smiley faces to thumbs-up  and more. These stickers can be handy if you have a need to obscure elements of an image, such as to hide faces or to blank out names or other text details. Once placed on a collage a sticker can be moved, rotated or resized.

Text

You can add text to any collage, choosing from a range of typefaces/fonts. You can choose the colour of the letters as well as the colour of the text box (or choose to have no background colour or text box visible). You can choose how to align text within a text box if you choose to show the text box, and choose whether or bot to display an outline in each letter.

See the Tweet below from @MrsOrrCPS for examples of how this app has been used by learners choosing an image or background, then overlaying their self-created poetry text which the image reflects.

Web image search facility

The inbuilt web image search provides the option to easily find images, including animated gifs, to add on top of your collage.

@P7PWPS chose images and backgrounds in the app, and then used the text tool to overlay descriptive words in French

 

Doodle

The doodle option lets you choose the size of the drawn line and the colour of drawing tool. Then you simply draw freehand on top of the collage. Once drawn this drawn image can then be moved, rotated or resized as required.

Animation

Selecting “animation” gives you the option to select from various animations, including moving from side to side or moving into the centre, wiggling or spreading and more. The animation applies to all of the elements of the collage. These animated collages can be shared online via website or social media where the animations will then be seen.

Teacher’s Corner

Pic⏺Collage has a Teacher’s Corner area of their blog full of ideas about how this app can be used in the classroom to support learning. Head over to https://blog.piccollage.com/category/teachers-corner/ to check it out.

Look at the Tweets below shared by schools about the ways they have used this app:

So how have you used this app? Do share in the comments here how you have used the app in your classroom

Need to create a diagram?⤴

from @ ICT for Teaching & Learning in Falkirk Primary Schools

Diagrams, or visual representations of information, can often be used by a teacher to present information for learners in a way which is easier to understand when compared to just text. But what tool can be used to help create these diagrams?

Draw.io is a free online tool for creating diagrams. Whether you are looking to create flowcharts, infographics, posters, explanatory diagrams, step-by-step guides to tasks or activities or chart then Draw.io is an extremely versatile free online tool with a host of features.

Features include large range of shape libraries, export to image formats PNG/GIF/JPG as well as export to pdf or XML/SVG, Google Drive Integration, and use on any HTML 5 browser.

Draw.io will work on computers or on mobile devices. It has a host of banks of graphics (such as secifically for flowcharts, or for mock-up buttons or screen elements seen on different user interfaces for mobile devices or PCs, or basic image types such as arrows, boxes, tables, connectors, and more). Text can also be added and formatted as required.

Each item can be added to the screen, resized, rotated, the line type, thickness and colour changed, shape fill applied (by colour or gradient direction), and each object can be connected to others by a variety of connectors – with connectors moving as objects are moved.

Draw.io has a a bank of templates (from File – new – from template) which lets users get started on the type of diagram they require very quickly.

There is a search facility to quickly find any object from within the graphics banks or indeed from a Google search built into the tool. Objects on the screen can be moved as required and their relationship in layers with other objects adjusted as required.

Click here to view a video which serves as both an introduction to Draw.io as well as a guide to how to a variety of features.