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, as the name suggests, it can create collages of multiple images (and video clips) but it can do much more! And it has uses to support across the curriculum in different ways.
For a quick introduction here’s a brief PicCollage promotional video demonstrating just a few of the features (and ease with which you can produce a creation with the app)
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
— MPS-Primary6 (@MPS_Primary6) January 8, 2019
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.
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.
P6/7 have been learning about onomatopoeia (& know a sneaky song to spell it!) 😎🙊 They used onomatopoeia to make their poems more effective & then redrafted them on @PicCollage 👏🏼 #literacy #litchat #writing #poetry #ict #DigiLearnScot #digitechlearn @digitechlearn #ukedchat pic.twitter.com/novSvElIxf
— MrsOrr&P6/7E (@MrsOrrCPS) April 24, 2018
— ａｍｙｂｕｒｖａｌｌ (@amyburvall) September 4, 2017
With the addition of a background image the app can be used to overlay text in a variety of typefaces each within text boxes to create cut up poetry artworks as in this example by artist Amy Burvall
— ａｍｙｂｕｒｖａｌｌ (@amyburvall) September 4, 2017
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
— P7PWPS (@P7PWPS) January 28, 2019
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.
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.
Instead of choosing a grid template you can choose the freestyle option which lets you have complete freedom as to how images are laid on a page. You can rotate, resize and and move any object anywhere on the background of your choice. Clicking on an image gives you the option to bring it forward or push in back layers of images. In addition by clicking on any image you can choose to apply effects (including filters, overlays, frames, adjust colour and lighting, change orientation, add colour splash in selected elements of an image, crop an image, draw, blur, add focus spots, and smooth blemishes). You can also duplicate any image as often as wanted, add a border to an individual image. Choosing the cutout option on any double-clicked image lets you cut out a standard shape of a part of an image or carefully draw around the outline of an image to save only one element of the image. This cutout portion can then be overlaid elsewhere as required.
From the opening menu there is yet a further choice, Cards, which presents you with a wide range of templates with pre-made backgrounds, image or text placeholders, all within various themes such as friendship, birthday, thank you, graduation, school, family, travel, and much more. Once you have selected a card template you can then create a custom version to suit your needs, and of course add text and images of your own choice.
Here’s a video from PicCollage showing how to use the Cards feature
In addition to being able to add still images you can also add video clips, just in the same way yo’d add images. Here’s some examples shared by others:
I had another fantastic day with @AngusScience leading workshops to explore AR and VR in car design. We used AR to design a @SpheroEdu chariot, then tested our prototypes! @WorldBrush @NjOnTwitt @DigiLearnScot pic.twitter.com/L7ZxKQJV4i
— SSERCdigital (@SSERCDigital) February 14, 2019
Great fun writing algorithms and getting little beebots to follow a preplanned route. Topic investigation was autonomous cars, and why Computing Science is at the heart of vehicle control systems. #missionpossible @DigiLearnScot @AngusScience @AngusCouncil pic.twitter.com/NKOlOoxLkT
— Jim McLean (@jimmclean1) February 14, 2019
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.
So how have you used this app? Do share in the comments here how you have used the app in your classroom