You could be only one click away from the perfect picture too. Everyone has a digital camera or phone these days.
So get out your camera . . aim . . . click . . . and then surprise yourself with how creative you can be (and how much fun you can have).
This heart-shaped word mosaic was created on Image Chef. Here you can add text to a sketch pad, create a poetry poster, make word mosaics, use an assortment of frames, or remix from user made examples.
Let’s look at some ways you can add fun to your day and artistic pictures to your repertoire.
5 Image Story
Here’s my 5 image story. Well, it’s actually a sentence that represents a big part of my life. Each picture represents one word of the sentence. Can you read my sentence?
As a great introductory activity for the class, you could ask each child to pick an image which represents him/her and add them to Picture Trail or Slideshare to make a class story. Each child could explain what their picture represents about them. This not only introduces each child to their peers but also illustrates the great diversity in the classroom. If you have more time, each child could pick 5 pictures to make their own story to share with the class.
25 Ways to see a Photo
BeFunky lets you apply photo effects, enhance and edit your photos online. Effects include cartoon, sketch, painting, pop art and lots more…
Fotoflexer lets you add effects, fonts, shapes, doodling, distortions, layers, and best of all RE-TOUCH! Re-touch allows you to easily fix blemishes and wrinkles, so anyone can look 21 in all their photos again. (What I’ve been waiting for!)
I also used Fotoflexer to make this collage to see at a glance what amazing effects can be applied to one image.
Another program which allows you to create collages of your photos is
Shape Collage. It’s free but you need to download the program to your computer. Use your own images or photos from the web. You can make your photos appear in the shape of a rectangle, heart, circle, letters, or even draw your own shapes. This is also a quick and easy tool to use.
Make a Movie from your Photos
It’s great to find things that are quick and easy but give good results. I use animoto a lot and the students absolutely love it. We now use animoto for education which allows you to make longer movies and students can have their own accounts which you can view from your emails.
Playing with images is fun, but there are many applications for the classroom which I will be exploring further. Meanwhile I’m off to play some more . . .
Photo attributions for 5 Image Story
Original image: ‘oil slick eye’ licensed under Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike2.0Generic http://www.flickr.com/photos/27021814@N00/22613927
Original image: ‘under my umbrella’ licensed under Attribution-ShareAlike 2.0 Generic http://www.flickr.com/photos/36613169@N00/1828177743
Original image: ‘let peace’ licensed under Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 2.0 Generic http://www.flickr.com/photos/37309069@N04/3822829488
Original image: ‘reading time’ licensed under Attribution-NonCommercial 2.0 Generic http://www.flickr.com/photos/12692384@N00/255230682
Original image: ‘what I’m reading and re-reading’ licensed under Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 2.0 Generic http://www.flickr.com/photos/61787893@N00/163867388