Last week we showed how to create an infographic with Google Drawing, which works great on Chromebooks, Laptops, and Desktops. If you liked the idea and have students using iPads, consider having your students do an AppSmash with Pic Collage and Thinglink.
You may already know from my previous post on Pic Collage that I love this app, yes I had to make that red! It is free, no accounts are needed, pictures are sent to the camera roll, and you have the choice to make your background mustaches. Does it get any better?
Here was my workflow for this project on the iPad:
1. Find pictures of the first four presidents via Google Images. Head over to google.com/images and search for “George Washington” select “Search Tools” and I recommend you select either “labeled for reuse” or “labeled for noncommercial (meaning you won’t make money off of it) reuse.” When you find images you like save them to the camera roll.
2. Create a new Pic Collage. Within Pic Collage you can create a picture layout, and change the background image. You can add pictures, video, text, and stickers. Watch out for in app purchases…
3. Create a collage using those images. Once your collage is done export your image to the camera roll by selecting the icon in the bottom right and under “More Actions” you will find “Save to Library”
4. Start creating your ThingLink. When you open the ThingLink app you will be asked to choose an image from your camera roll, so go ahead and select that beautiful Pic Collage you just created. You can add Media, which would be anything from your camera roll or any YouTube video. You can also add text, url, and twitter handles.
I recommend creating a classroom ThingLink account that all of your students can access via their iPads. You can make your ThingLink “unlisted” which will only allow users with the direct link to view it.