Photogrid

Photo Grid – Collage Maker & FX Editor

Discovered by Jody Freer, Reviewed by Donna Brough

PhotoGrid

Photogrid a great app for collating photos for your blog.

Best of all it’s FREE.

It saves your collages and videos to the Camera Roll so you can use it with the WordPress app.

You can add text, stickers, filters, borders, frames and lots more.

Photogrid is  very similar to PicCollage.

It regularly updates with new backgrounds, filters, text and stickers free for you to download.

You can create Video Slides with your photos too and these work on the blog perfectly.

You just can’t load the videos via the WordPresss app :(. You will need to use your laptop instead.

Sample Posts

Reposted from our Prep Info Lit Blog

Where is the Green Sheep? Mem Fox

This week we read, “Where is the Green Sheep?” by Mem Fox.

In the book we met lots of different sheep.

Afterwards we used the Drawing Pad App to create our own Sheep.

 

Reposted from our Year One Info Lit Blog

Written by Jody Freer

We have read “The Tickly Octopus” and “Smiley Shark” written by Ruth Galloway. We really enjoyed these. Look at our fantastic craft activities!

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Reposted from Year Two Info Lit

Written by Donna Brough

The Grade Twos had a great time in the Kitchen this week. There were smiles aplenty 🙂

Just like Becky we managed to come up with some creative ways to use 100s and 1000s. Our favourite was definitely Giant Freckle Biscuits!

Here’s video of some of the creative action in the Kitchen…

Activities

  1. Download Photogrid onto your iPad
  2. Add a comment to this blog post listing three ways your students could use photogrid in your classroom
  3. Create a grid and a video and embed them on your class blog.
  4. Add a comment to this blog post that includes a link to your photogrids.

Embed a Google Map

Valley of the Kings

Embed a map

“You can embed a basic map, a Street View image, driving directions, or a search into your website or blog from Google Maps.

Get the code

  1. Open Google Maps.
  2. Make sure the map or Street View image you’d like to embed shows up on the map.
  3. In the top left corner, click [settings – the gear symbol]
  4. Click Share or embed map.
  5. At the top of the box that appears, choose the Embed map tab.
  6. Choose the size you want, then copy the HTML and paste the code into the source code of your website or blog.”
This Information is taken directly from Google Support

Embedding Youtube Videos

Embedding Youtube Videos using your laptop.

  1. “Open the YouTube video [you wish to insert into your post]
  2. At the top left of the screen, tap the menu icon to open the YouTube menu panel.
  3. Scroll down until you find the Desktop menu item. Tap this to view the desktop site instead of the mobile site.
  4. Underneath the video you should see its title, and some buttons. Click on the Share button.
  5. In the Share form, switch from the “Share” tab to the “Embed” tab.
  6. Copy the HTML.
  7. Open the [blog post you are wishing to embed the youtube video in.
  8. Change from Visual to text]
  9. Paste the HTML you copied into the post.”

Thanks to Eric who posted the instructions, above, on a WordPress forum.

Embedding Youtube Videos using the WordPress App.

  1. “Open the YouTube video in [Chrome.]
  2. At the top left of the screen, tap the menu icon to open the YouTube menu panel.
  3. Scroll down until you find the Desktop menu item. Tap this to view the desktop site instead of the mobile site.
  4. Underneath the video you should see its title, and some buttons. Click on the Share button.
  5. In the Share form, switch from the “Share” tab to the “Embed” tab.
  6. Copy the HTML.
  7. Open the WordPress app and open the editor for your post.
  8. Paste the HTML you copied into the post.”

Thanks to Eric who posted the instructions, above, on a WordPress forum.

Padlet

Padlet

https://padlet.com/

Padlets are collaborative online pinboards. They are very easy to create and modify. Once created, comments and images and links to graphs, videos and pdfs can be added by you or your students.

Students do not need to login or register to work together adding to a padlet.

There are a range of privacy settings you can apply.

You can embed your Padlet in your blog or create QR code login sheets to put up around your room.

Animal Padlet QR Code

Mark Gleeson has written an excellent post discussing different ways of “Using Padlet Across the Curriculum.

Activities

  1. Double click on the padlet above to add your thoughts on animals in captivity.
  2. Add a comment to this blog post listing three ways you could use padlets in your classroom
  3. Create a padlet and embed it on your class blog. Encourage your students to use their iPads to add comments and images.

Resources and References

Handout

Persuasive Writing QR Sheet pic

Edublogs Teacher Challenge – Cool Tools for Your Blog

http://teacherchallenge.edublogs.org/step-8-cools-tools-to-embed/

Using Padlet Across the Curriculum

http://mgleeson.edublogs.org/2013/05/05/using-padlet-f-k-a-wallwisher-across-the-curriculum/

Padlet

https://padlet.com/

AR Dino Park

The Year Fours have been using the iPad App AR DinoPark to photograph a Triceratops visiting our school.

These photos would make great story-starters.
Thankyou @elearnjones for introducing us to this app in your session at the Melbourne TeachMeet

 

Creative Commons

We need to make sure that we have permission to use all of the images we are putting on our blogs.

If an image has been classified as Creative Commons this means the owner has given you permission to use it under certain conditions.

Click here to learn more about creative commons licenses.
This video also explains about creative commons.

If there is no creative commons permission that means the image is copyright and you CAN NOT use it on your blog.

This year we will be using Wikimedia Commons to sesrch for images. http://commons.wikimedia.org/

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We can also use the Advanced Search Features in Google to find images with Creative Commons Permission.

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2D Fun Photos

“We learnt how to use the digital cameras today… Some of the things we learnt were:

We must always have the wrist strap around our wrist so we don’t drop the camera.

We learnt how to take clear pictures by holding down the shutter button halfway first until you get the green square and then pushing it all the way down to take the picture.

We even got to use the zoom button. It can get very close!

It was AMAZING and we had lots of fun. Some of the photos the grade 2’s took can be found on the Fun Photos – Photo Gallery!– Year 2D

Blogging Rules

Ronnie Burt  wrote a blog post called Student Blogging Activity 2 (Beginner): Setting Up Rules & Guidelines

It includes a list of classes who have set up rules to help keep their blogging activities safe and successful.

Please look through the list with your partner.

What rules do you think are a good idea?

Are there any rules you think we don’t need?

Can you come up with a list of the five most important rules for our class?

“Here are examples of different ways [rules] are used on class blogs to help you with the task:

http://teacherchallenge.edublogs.org/2011/02/18/student-blogging-activity-2-beginner-setting-up-rules-guidelines/

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