PicCollage in the Classroom

PicCollage is one of my favorite apps to use in the classroom. Students of all ages can use the app with very little difficulty. PicCollage can be a great tool to any subject area. I love using this fun app at the beginning of the year. It's a great way to introduce iPads in the classroom and perfect for learning about your new students. Students can add family pictures, favorite part of school, sport, food, etc. They can even go around the school for a scavenger hunt, tour, or important people at the school. It's even a fun way to create comics!

I just used PicCollage to introduce one of my laptop projects. You can add the pictures, arrange them on your iPad, make the pictures smaller or larger, add a colorful background, borders, stickers and text. I emailed the picture to myself to add it to this post. Pictures can be posted anywhere or saved to Photo Stream.

The possibilities are endless with this fun app. Try it. You'll be hooked!

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Creating Avatars

I recently came across a great website with lots of resources for creating Avatars. Most of you are probably familiar with Voki. It's an easy way for your students to create their own Avatars. It's a great activity to use at the beginning of the year. With Voki, students can create a talking Avatar.

Another friend told me about Pixton. Pixton is a great online application that creates Comic Avatars. You can get a personal or educator account.

If you're looking for an app, try Tellagami. My friend Jennifer Kimbrell uses it on her products. It lets you create and share a quick animated video called Gami. 

So, drop by this website for lots of choices for you and your class.


Wildflowers and Lady Bird Johnson

I've seen glimpses of bluebonnets around Austin over the last few days. In a few weeks, the hill country will be covered with all different types of wildflowers. People will have their cameras out taking pictures of their children surrounded by the bright colored flowers.

I deeply appreciate the contributions made by Lady Bird Johnson in bringing the beauty of flowers to the cities and countrysides around Austin. Lady Bird's love of wildflowers was instrumental in establishing the Wildflower Center in Austin. The mission of the center is "to educate people about the environmental necessity, economic value and natural beauty of native plants." The Wildflower Center is also a living laboratory. Scientist from around the country conduct their research there.

I was given a beautiful book Miss Lady Bird's Wildflowers...How a First Lady Changed America by Kathy Appelt. I will always cherish this book because of my love of wildflowers and the book was given to me from one of Lady Bird's granddaughters. Lady Bird found comfort with the wildflowers when she was lonely. She wanted every child to enjoy the beauty of flowers in order to become better caretakers of our environment and better citizens. During her time in Washington, Lady Bird had more cherry trees planted and daffodils planted along the Potomac River.

I highly recommend this book to read to your class. Your students will love it. You will, too.


Working With Lapbooks

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I created my first lapbook product. It was so much fun to create but a little time-consuming. I now see why students and teachers enjoy using lapbooks and interactive notebooks. I think students will remember the information when they are more involved in their learning.

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