Photo Grid – Collage Maker & FX Editor

Discovered by Jody Freer, Reviewed by Donna Brough


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!


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…


  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.



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.


  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


Persuasive Writing QR Sheet pic

Edublogs Teacher Challenge – Cool Tools for Your Blog

Using Padlet Across the Curriculum


Fractured Fairy Tales

Paper Bag Princess

Use the SCAMPER model to write your own version of one of your favourite fairy tales.

  • S – Substitute. Can you substitute a character with a character from a different story?
  • C – Combine. Can you combine two characters or events into one?
  • A – Add. Can you add in a new character, place or event?
  • M – Magnify, Minify or Modify. What happens if you make a character or object much smaller or larger or change it in an important way? Can you alter the beginning, middle or end of the story or the way the characters act?
  • P – Put to other uses. How else could an object be used? What happens if the characters play different roles or respond to events in different ways?
  • E – Eliminate. What happens if you remove a character, place or event from the story?
  • R – Reverse or Rearrange. How does the story change if you reverse or rearrange the order of events or the roles of the characters?

Use Strip Designer ($3.79) to publish your story.

Remember to include a title and your name and grade.

Use Drawing Pad ($2.49) to illustrate your story.

Strip DesignerDrawing Pad App



The Paper Bag Princess – Robert Munsch

How to Teach Creative Writing (Sample) – Ticking Minds

Thinking Skills Workbook – Anzac Terrace Primary School 

Google Images

Hippo Image TextSafe Searching – tips to remember

  • If you can’t find a picture you like in the first 10 rows of your results you will need to refine your search terms. For example change from hippo to baby hippo.
  • Select your search terms very carefully. Beware of words with more than one meaning
  • If images come up that are violent or too sexy or just make you feel yukky in the tummy, press the “home” button and go and tell either your teachers or your parents what has happened. They will be able to help you.

Search Tools

Once you are in Google Images click on search tools to further refine your search.

  • Size – Choose medium or large if you are planning to enlarge the image. This will help prevent your image becoming blurry or pixellated.
  • Colour – This tool allows you to switch between black and white and coloured images.
  • Usage Rules – Always choose “labelled for reuse” if you are planning to use the image online. Remember to include the URL where you found the image and the photographer or artists name.
  • Type – This tool lets you choose between faces, photos, clipart, line drawings and animations.

Saving an image

If you are using Internet Explorer

  • Decide which image you prefer and click to select it.
  • Click view image
  • Press and hold on the image and select save image
  • Remember to copy and paste the URL into your work.

iPad Scavenger Hunt

From our Year Six Information Literacy Blog

Posted by Donna Brough

What a great way to start Info Lit…

A little bit of competition and a Scavenger Hunt.

We hope you learnt some new skills and more about the features of your iPad and can put them to good use. We’ve attached a copy of the Scavenger Hunt so you can show your family some of the cool things you’ve learnt.

Congratulations to our winners – the fastest time was just under 10 minutes – enjoy your sweet treats!

Here’s a picture of our fastest pair… Keeley and Mady

Winners are Grinners!

THe Magnificent Tree – Nick Bland

From our Year One Info Lit Blog,

Posted by Donna Brough

The Magnificent Tree is a simple story with many delicate layers.  It captures the wonderful relationship between Bonny and Pop who “were always bursting with ideas.” One day they decide to build a tree to encourage their beloved birds to stay.

Whilst Bonny’s ideas “were simple and clever”, Pop’s ideas “were big, brave and brilliant.” The Magnificent Tree demonstrates how two very different solutions to the same problems can word equally well.

After reading the story we created our own ‘Magnificent Trees’. Look at this one…

Have a look at Amelia’s Magnificent Tree

iPads in Art – More Magnificent Trees

1M were lucky enough to use the iPads today for their Art class. They explored the Drawing Pad app and then they created a Magnificent Tree of their own! Here’s a sample of their trees…


Using the Camera App

In pairs, we will be using the camera app to take photos of trees in the school yard. We will be focusing on zooming and clarity using the green focus square to help us. We are looking for interesting photos from all different angles and heights. Make sure your photos are nice and clear.

Here are some tree pictures Mrs Brough has been taking on her iPad.

Here are some photos taken by our super clever year ones.

One to One iPads in Years FIve and Six

From our Year Six Information Literacy Blog

Posted by Donna Brough

It’s Grade 6 and its looking like its going to be a great year…

School Captains and House Captains, Grade 6 Camp and the new and exciting Bring Your Own Device or One to One iPads in Grade 5 and 6.

We are very excited in Info Lit to be part of such a ground breaking initiative…

We look forward to our first lesson when we get to personalise the new devices ready for learning, communicating, investigating and creating.

Here’s what a few of the teachers have been saying…

‘The iPad is the ultimate all in one device, when I used to do movie making with grade 5 we would spend weeks with multiple pieces of equipment and different software before we had our finished product. Now we can make a movie in an afternoon and that is just the beginning…’ Mrs McKee

‘Each student can use their iPad to take their learning in their own direction – to follow their passions.’  Ms McLeod

‘The iPads are an additional opportunity to engage students, make it more relevant and improve educational achievements.’  Mrs Brough

‘With every student having an iPad, we have the ability to present our students so many new and amazing opportunities to learn.’  Mr  Kenny

‘The kids in 6MA have been really excited about using their ipads in class. We have written our holiday letters on them, designed posters for our school values on them and added many events into our calendar to help keep us organised. We are all really enthusiastic to keep using the ipads to help us with our learning.’ Miss Morgan

APP Expo

From our Year Six Information Literacy Blog

Posted by Donna Brough & Bronwyn McLeod
To finish off Term 3 the Year 6 students held an APP EXPO for their teachers, assistant principal and principal.

After spending several lessons selecting apps and using Strip Designer to create advertising posters, the year 6’s had to sell their apps to an audience. Their aim was to convince their teachers to add some educational and some fun apps to the classroom iPads.

The 6’s definitley knew all about their chosen apps. As they were demonstrating they  discussed their apps purpose and capabilities, potential classroom uses, cost and star rating and suggested further improvements.

As Info Lit Teachers we were extremely proud of the year 6 students. It was very exciting to move around the room talking with them and realising how much they had learnt over the year so far.  🙂 🙂

…check out some of the apps we love…







…ready to promote our app…