There is a lot of buzz around the use of infographics for learning these days. Photo collages are a good example of tools that can be used to create a powerful infographic utilizing images, text, video and sound to explain a difficult concept. We will look at three photo collage tools. Education Technology and Mobile Learning also has a helpful article on creating classroom posters/collages.
Glogster Edu is a really fun collage tool that allows you to include linked videos, audio and text. The annual license fee that accompanis the online version and the new app, may turn some educators away. You will have to weigh the benefits. Thinglink is an alternative with many of the same features except that you select one image as the background and layer additional images and videos on top as information labels. Like Glogster, Thinglink has a FREE individual user version and a premium version that allows teachers to create multiple student accounts. Read about the considerable educator discount here.
Thinglink how-to video from Richard Byrne
Pic Collage is ap(p)-tly named (no pun intended). This FREE ios and android app creates collages with your images. You can also add text and video and create an informative poster. Save your work to the photo library or send by email. There are some social features of the app, that you will either want to turn off in settings, or you can try their new "kid" version of the app. To turn off the social features and image search, see the sidebar of my handout.
Have students synthesize their learning on a particular subject by carefully selecting a collection of images and adding text to show their learning. Use just one image with much text for a report. Use it for sequencing images from a story or directions for younger students. Share collages of field trips or class activities and enhance them with audio in audioboo or another audio app. See my blog post to view other student examples.
Photovisi is a simple collage maker that includes a text tool (an important feature for classroom projects). No account is needed. This tool is only web based and does not work on ios.
Example Student Collage Projects: