InstaCollage App

Wednesday, September 24, 2014 / 6 comments
Today was a F-U-N day in 4th grade at one of my elementary schools. The students have been studying the VA regions as well as nonfiction conventions and the teachers wanted them to create a digital flyer about a region of their choice. Since MAPs testing is going on this week and we did not have access to the laptops, we had to get creative on their iPads. This specific school is lucky to have 36 iPads to use for 3-5 instruction. When they first got the iPad carts I made sure to bookmark OneSearch (a county website that has access to a variety of resources) knowing that we would use it frequently. Students were first directed to go to OneSearch and then Britannica Image Quest to find copyright free images. They needed to find four pictures to represent the land formation, products, recreation and location. This was excellent practice for using keywords in a search.
From September 24, 2014

Students saved their four pictures to the Camera Roll and then went to the FREE app, InstaCollage. They were allowed to pick any template as long as it had four sections. Students uploaded their pictures into InstaCollage, added a title, their name and a caption for each picture.

From September 24, 2014
Afterwards, they saved their collage to the camera roll and uploaded their collage to a shared folder in Google Drive (I had previously logged into Drive on each iPad under the school's COW sign up gmail account and set up a folder for each class) Next week we are going to upload these into Mixbook and begin Mixbook digital portfolios that the children will add to throughout the year to track all of the units they learn in Social Studies! Check out some of today's creations:

6 comments:

  1. Oh my goodness, I love this idea! I am a thematic homeschooling mom teaching a 4th, 6th, and 7th reader (while mentoring my 11thgrader in my spare time). This is an incredible way to have all 3 different ages work on the same subject simultaneously!
    I am so excited you shared...

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    1. Wonderful!! I am so glad you can use it with your kids. Thanks for stopping by :)

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  2. I love your blog design. I just found you through Ms. Fultz's Corner. So excited to learn some new tech ideas from you! Thanks for sharing!

    A Teaspoon of Teaching

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    1. Thank you, Melissa! Thank you for stopping by :)

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  3. Is there an alternative to One Search? I like the concept but feel un-easy having my elem kids "Googling" images... Any suggestions?

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