In the two years of being 1:1 with iPad minis, my kindergarteners have a favorite digital tool even at five and six years old: The camera! Not only is it easy for kindergarten kids to use, it is also free. The camera is a tool that many may not consider when first thinking of purposeful ways to use technology, however, using the camera can be a great way for pre-readers and writers to express their thinking.
In our kindergarten classroom, we use the free app PicCollage to organize our thinking by using photographs. While PicCollage wasn’t created to be used in an academic setting, the possibilities are endless.
PicCollage can be used in any subject. In math, students could use PicCollage to show their thinking. One of my favorite lessons using PicCollage is a measurement lesson where students sort and order objects from their art boxes from longest to shortest.
|States of matter sort|
With PicCollage the possibilities are endless. Whether you teach kindergarten or high school, I am positive you will find this digital tool useful!