Pic Collage is a FREE app and a simple way to combine text, images, and/or clip art. It comes with different backgrounds, fonts, and text colors. It also can access the photo album or google for images within the app. Here is an example of something I made while practicing before using it with my students:
Here is a quick, simple tutorial if you've never used it before:
Open the app. It only words vertically. Either scroll through and choose a previously created collage to work on or select the blank canvas to create a new one.
You can select to add a photo from your album, to take one with your camera, or to search the web. If you search the web, it does it within the app.
Heads up...when my students were using this app in school, there were no pictures! Apparently they are blocked and IT is working on the settings for that. So, my students had to just take pictures instead.
You resize the pictures just by pinching them with two fingers. They can move around the screen as well. There are three pages of background options, some have designs and others are just plain colors.
When you add text, you can choose the font, color, and background color. Then it can be moved and resized in the same manner as the pictures.
When finished, the collages are saved within the app. They can also be saved to the photo library, e-mailed, or synced with Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, etc.
Here are some samples my students made. Keep in mind, they could only use pictures they took themselves and they've only use it a couple of times! Also, I don't have a way to get the pictures of their photo libraries and the iPads don't have email...so I had to take a picture of the iPads, thus the glare!
Here they were supposed to choose a prefix, tell what it means, and then show some examples. They all chose the same prefix and the busiest backgrounds of course!
Here we were working on character traits, so they chose one character from the story and wrote traits around the outside. They actually did pretty well taking pictures from their reading book!
I also let my class try writing their spelling words on their desks yesterday with their whiteboard markers, as suggested by Joanne from Head Over Heels for Teaching. We do have whiteboards, but I thought this would be more fun for them. What I found out, is that some of their desks are too dirty to wipe with a dry eraser because they have sticky stuff on them! So I had to hand out baby wipes and I guess I need to scrub the desks...or just let the neat kids participate!
We have also tried Adventure to Fitness a couple of times during rainy days in the past few weeks. Very simple to sign up and definitely keeps the kids busy and gets them tired during recess!