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How to use PicCollage with Elementary Students

How to use PicCollage with Elementary Students


PicCollage is one of the best tools that you can use with your elementary students to do interesting and fun projects. Here is an idea of using PicCollage with your students:

Description

PicCollage is an editing app that can be used to edit photos, making photo collages and free cards. PicCollage comes with hundreds of different types of stickers, photo grid sizes, and layouts. Apart from this, it also includes many cute textures and background patterns that can make photo editing a fun and interesting task. It also allows you to draw on the photo collages by using Doodle. You can use photos from different sources such as your camera gallery, Instagram or Facebook. You can easily decorate your photos and cut them out just by using your finger. This app is perfect for creating stories for Snapchat and Instagram because it comes with a full-screen canvas size.

How PicCollage Works

Here is how PicCollage works:
1.      Download PicCollage and install it.
2.     Run the app and choose the layout according to your choice from a list of seven different layouts.
3.     The next step is to add photos to your collage. In this step, you’ll see a list on the left side. Add photos to this list. Pick these photos by using your finger and drop them on the photo frame. You can also click on the “fill at random” button and your photos will be added to the frame automatically.
4.     Customize the photos as you want. You can add, remove, rotate, zoom in, zoom out, and drag photos. You can also fill the background of your collage, add text to your photos, adjust the space, margin, border, corner and photo number of your collage. If you want to apply shadow, you can also do it here.
5.     The last step is to export your photos. First, choose the size of the page and then save it as an image format that you want. You can save it as PEG, TIFF or PNG.

Using PicCollage with elementary students

PicCollage is one of the best tools that you can use with your elementary students to do interesting and fun projects. Here is an idea of using PicCollage with your students:
*Ideas are inspired by members of the Technology Teacher Tribe Facebook Group

Creating Student Avatars

Students can create their avatars and use it as their login to different websites. Here is how it can be done:
1.      Use the freestyle template and square image size for this project. This is because a square image can be uploaded to most of the account profiles.
2.     In the web search bar, type “brown circle” and press enter. Brown circles of various tones will appear in the search.  This brown circle will be used as a head so, students can select any colored circle that they want for their avatar.
3.     Type “patterned fabric” in the search bar. A number of patterns will appear. Students can select any pattern that they want. This pattern will be used as shoulders of the avatar. Touch the pattern for two times and then press the “clip” button.
4.     Pick the oval shape and by using this shape, make a semi-circle on the pattern. Click on the check and this semi-circle will be inserted into the photo canvas.
5.     Type “cartoon eyes PNG” in the search bar and a number of cartoon eyes will appear. Again, by using the above process, insert these cartoon eyes into the canvas.

6.     Students can also search for other accessories like jewelry, hair, and headphones to design their avatar. Instead of searching accessories, students can also use the doodle tool to draw different accessories. Let your students be creative!

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PicCollage is one of the best tools that you can use with your elementary students to do interesting and fun projects. Here is an idea of using PicCollage with your students:

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Digital Resources for Reading

Digital Resources for Reading


Dіgіtаl Resources for Rеаdіng
We all agree thаt rеаdіng іѕ taught tо сhіldrеn еvеn at vеrу уоung ages because we wаnt tо раѕѕ thе experience and thе іnfоrmаtіоn have on to thеm. The capability tо rеаd аnd соmрrеhеnd аllоwѕ thеm tо асԛuіrе new соmреtеnсіеѕ and knowledge which can bе their lіght аnd сhаnnеl towards ѕuссеѕѕ.

Digital dеvісеѕ еnсоurаgе оur lеаrnеrѕ to rеаd соnѕtаntlу аnd rеаd mоrе thаn we соuld hаvе іn thе раѕt. Aѕ muсh аѕ wе want оur сhіldrеn to bесоmе skilled, it is hard fоr uѕ to see thеm struggle, еѕресіаllу in rеаdіng. It is because wе knеw thаt rеаdіng is a crucial factor for thеm tо knоw mоrе. Aѕ teachers, we wоuld аlwауѕ wаnt tо assist them, fіndіng ѕtrаtеgіеѕ tо іmрrоvе rеаdіng ѕkіllѕ. We mау рrераrе оur rеѕеаrсhеѕ and lооk іntо on essential rеаdіng аnd соmрrеhеnѕіоn оr better strategic tесhnіԛuеѕ аnd аррlу thеm tо our kіdѕ.
Wіth thе emergence оf thе dіgіtаl аgе comes еxраndіng opportunities fоr ѕсhооlѕ to оffеr еduсаtіоnаl opportunities tо thеіr students that will furthеr thеіr ѕuссеѕѕ іn thеіr саrееrѕ. Thеѕе days, уоu aren't оnlу lіmіtеd to relying оn textbooks fоr lеаrnіng. Yоu саn brаnсh оut іn dіffеrеnt аnd іnnоvаtіvе wауѕ tо aid іn еduсаtіоnаl experiences. 
Thе рrеvаlеnсе оf оnlіnе еduсаtіоn is bооmіng, аnd mаnу іndіvіduаlѕ аnd іnѕtіtutіоnѕ аrе taking nоtісе of the benefits thіѕ tуре оf еduсаtіоn саn bring tо their ѕtudеntѕ аnd, ultimately, thеіr ѕсhооlѕ.
Nоt juѕt оnlу tеxtbооkѕ, try оut and discover some nеw vаrіеtіеѕ and forms оf rеаdіng resources.  Rеаdіng computer ѕоftwаrе рrоgrаmѕ, аudіо rесоrdіngѕ, or compact dіѕсѕ аrе worthy еԛuірmеnt аnd tооlѕ tо fасіlіtаtе уоur сhіldrеn to improve reading ѕkіllѕ. Thеѕе typically соntаіn еlесtrоnіс books fоr thе ѕtudеnt tо rеаd оr a virtual tutоr thаt can guіdе аnd teach thеm. Sоmе youngsters are аnxіоuѕ to bеgіn to read a bооk bесаuѕе of dіffісultу. Thеrе mіght bе ѕоmе tеrmіnоlоgіеѕ thаt thеу саnnоt read аnd рrоnоunсе or еvеn соmрrеhеnd. Wіth thе virtual іnѕtruсtоrѕ, thеу саn оvеrсоmе this worry аnd thе dіffісultу аѕ wеll. 
Audio tеxtbооkѕ аrе gооd орtіоnѕ аѕ wеll. It lets your kіdѕ rеаd whіlе lіѕtеnіng tо thе ѕаmе book. Aѕ they hеаr thе terms tоgеthеr аnd see them, уоu аrе rеіnfоrсіng thе ѕіght-wоrd recognition. Whаt іѕ mоrе іmроrtаnt is thаt thеу аrе іnсrеаѕіng thеіr vocabularies tоо.
Pоdсаѕt аnd apps fоr Android аnd iPhone can аlѕо gіvе learners a unique mobile rеаdіng еxреrіеnсе. Wіth a ѕіmрlе Google ѕеаrсh, уоu can also fіnd many frее online classes to аіd in learning frоm a variety of many dіffеrеnt topics. Mаnу of these digіtаl rеѕоurсеѕ рrоvіdе vаluаblе knоwlеdgе thаt you саn uѕе in real life experiences.
You mау wаnt to improve уоur сhіld'ѕ ѕkіllѕ bу рrасtісіng hіѕ/hеr rеаdіng skills. Yоu сеrtаіnlу want him to develop rеgаrdіng reading аnd lеаrnіng  аnd аѕ уоu аlѕо wаnt the best fоr your сhіld.



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HOW TO USE EMOJI FOR GOOGLE CHROME IN A CLASSROOM

HOW TO USE EMOJI FOR GOOGLE CHROME IN A CLASSROOM


How could requesting the children to use these emojis will make them think more creatively and help in their brainstorming?
      Everyone knows about the Emoji Keyboard, which is basically a set of images and emoticons which you can add to email, tweets, messages and notes or whatever you type. We use them constantly in communication now as a way to show emotion. 

Whenever students are asked to complete a piece of writing on their iPads, there are always some students who use the Emoji keyboard to add a little creativity to their work, whether I ask or not. For some reason, the children just love using it and to be fair, people also do enjoy adding them to a text or message as they seem to add extra character to a message as well as humor. So I had a thought - how could I use this in a classroom using devices other than an iPhone or an iPad? How could requesting the children to use these emojis will make them think more creatively and help in their brainstorming? If you don't have an emoji keyboard, following are the steps to set it up:
1.     Go to Google Chrome Store on your device
2.    Search Emoji
3.     Install the add ons
4.    Now you are able to see Emoji on a windows device as well
How could requesting the children to use these emojis will make them think more creatively and help in their brainstorming?


IDEAS FOR USING EMOJI IN A CLASSROOM

1.    EMOJI SUMMARIES:
Students can utilize a Google Doc to write a summary of the days’ reading and that too using just emojis.  First, students have to write the title of the book, after that they put in 5-10 emojis that best cover up the events in the story they read that day.  This would also work for lessons about looking for the central idea and theme!
2.   DESIGN AN EMOJI:
Let the students design an emoji using the drawing tools in Google docs or Google Draw.  In this article, read about the origin of emojis with your students too. The students will love designing their own emojis and then writing a detailed paragraph about them.
3.   EMOJI EXIT TICKETS:
Boost up the skills of students by using exit tickets with emojis for students to select in addition to telling what they learned. This emoji quick check allows the teacher to get a sense for how confident and assertive his/her students are with the material they just presented and also helps students reflect on their own understanding.
4.   USE EMOJI WHEN CLOSE READING:
Students can utilize the emojis to help them make extrapolations about how characters feel in a story.  The anchor chart is displayed in the guided reading area to generate discussion during groups. The emojis are selected to define how a character feels in the text at any given moment. The emojis are included with information right in the text.
5.   REWRITE FIRST AND/OR LAST LINES OF NOVELS WITH EMOJI:      The students can also use emojis to best repeat first and/or last lines of novels.  Students can also rewrite mentor sentences using emojis. I usually instruct students to write or type out the sentence in words first, and then go back and see what words they can replace with emojis. 
6.   EMOJI YOURSELF
Make your students take a selfie and emoji-ize it. The teachers first find synonyms for common descriptor words like mad, sad, happy, and nervous using a free app and then enjoy the emoji selfie.




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Seesaw into Learning - Guest Blog Post by Rachel Coathup

Seesaw into Learning - Guest Blog Post by Rachel Coathup


One of the reasons I love Seesaw so much is because there are a range of options which means that you no longer need a voice recording, whiteboard, photo, notes app.

Seesaw into learning!

Seesaw d. A long board that is balanced at the centre that children go up and down on. In this post I’m not here to talk about the playground equipment but rather the incredible app Seesaw.

Seesaw was introduced to me at my school and since trying it and learning how to use it. It has changed the way I teach. So what is Seesaw? Seesaw is an app to empower pupils to document their learning through a range of creative tools that can be used on iOS Devices, Android tablets, Kindle Fire, Chromebooks, Computers with Chrome / Firefox which is one of the reasons it is such a fantastic app. The app saves teachers time by being a ‘go to app’ which allows pupils to app smash from a wide range of apps (google drive, puppet edu, pic collage, book creator just to name a few of my favourites).

How Seesaw Works

Seesaw allows multiple sign in options depending on the technology you have available and age. QR code is great for younger students or if you don’t have 1:1 devices. Pupils can also sign in using email or Google accounts. Work saved on Seesaw can be put into folders which can be easily browsed and you can also look at work by selecting the calendar to view work created on a specific day. You can view work for the whole class or a signal pupils journal.

Posts made by pupils can be moderated before posted which means teachers can approve all new additions and comments this is fantastic to check work and ensure positive comments are shared by pupils.

One of the reasons I love Seesaw so much is because there are a range of options which means that you no longer need a voice recording, whiteboard, photo, notes app. Seesaw allows you to do it all form the one app and is then saved to their journal. Pupils can use the recordable whiteboard to create videos that combine drawing and audio recording to explain their thinking. They can also use the caption tool to label photographs. Pupils can choose to take a photograph or video, upload a photo/video, write a note, draw or annotate using the whiteboard, add a link or add a file from Google Drive or their iPad. Seesaw can be used to app smash which means that work you create in other apps can be exported to Seesaw. Seesaw will convert files into PDFs to be easily accessed. For more about which apps are compatible with Seesaw click here.

Teachers can use Seesaw to add skills or standards that can be met with a 1-4 star rating. Which are only visible to teachers and are customizable to what you are working on with your class. Teachers can add private notes as observations on pupil work.
One of the reasons I love Seesaw so much is because there are a range of options which means that you no longer need a voice recording, whiteboard, photo, notes app.

Ideas for Using Seesaw in the Classroom


As a Computing Teacher and for other specialist teachers there are lots of options for using Seesaw with your class. You can create a subject specific class or be shared into the teachers class.

Seesaw are quick to update their app based on users requests. One of the greatest additions that they have made is Seesaw Activities. In Activities can teachers can create and share activities for your class to complete in Seesaw on iOS and the web. There are a range of activities in the library which you can edit or you can create your own.

Seesaw also has a range of options for sharing work with a wider audience including blogs and family access. This allows you share families into the learning process and send announcements and messages both with families, pupils or privately message individual parents within Seesaw.

Seesaw is free to download, or you can use my QR code below to get 1 month free of Seesaw Plus. Seesaw for Schools is a paid quote per student. Which offers more options for reporting and the ability to view all classes within your school.
One of the reasons I love Seesaw so much is because there are a range of options which means that you no longer need a voice recording, whiteboard, photo, notes app.

Rachel Coathup
Computing Teacher


One of the reasons I love Seesaw so much is because there are a range of options which means that you no longer need a voice recording, whiteboard, photo, notes app.

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