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Friday, November 13, 2015

Introduction to PicPlayPost an IOS(Apple) and Google Play photo collage app

When mentoring our pre-service and in-service teachers we need to describe and model both research-based and clinically tested best practices, and demonstrate how these best practices can be applied in the real (i.e. physical) and virtual (i.e. online) classroom for both teaching and teacher training. The combination of face to face instruction in a physical setting and online learning is called blended learning. In this section of the blog we will describe how the internet can serve as a supplemental resource for instruction and the mentoring of pre-service and in-service Jewish educators. In this post we will begin our discussion of how PicPlayPost, an IOS (Apple) and Google Play photo collage app, can be used to promote  Judaic instruction and to  mentor/train pre-service and in-service Jewish educators. 

Assumption: The teacher or mentor teacher has an interactive white board (i.e. SMART Board, Promethean, etc.), a Tablet PC (also called a Slate or Blade), a computer presenter or computer with internet access attached to an LCD projector in the classroom. It would be ideal if students or mentees had access to their own laptop computers or iPads. Given parental and school approval, and the development of specific guidelines, smartphones can be used to enhance instruction as well.

Note: Although PicPlayPost can be applied in the Judaic Studies blended learning classroom, it can be also be used for training pre-service and in-service Jewish educators for professional or staff development. It is our hope that Jewish educators around the globe will form an online community of practice, a CoP, a group of people who share an interest, a craft, and/or a profession, to enhance the delivery of instruction and training of Jewish educators. For example, here is a CoP you might want to join. 

Note: PicPlayPost can be used in a face to face and virtual classroom.

What is PicPlayPost?

PicPlayPost in an IOS(Apple) and Google Play photo collage app.

Why would a Judaic or secular educator or student want to use a photo collage app like PicPlayPost?

Photo collage apps like PicPlayPost can be used to enhance instruction in the following ways:

  • Students can create a class collage of members of the class
  • Individual students, pairs, groups of students or the entire class can create a photo book made of pictures and collages.
  • Students can create a photo collage make collages themed around shapes, colors, favorite things, words that rhyme, etc.
  • Students can create a collage of characters in a book.
  • Students can insert collages into their power point presentations, posters, flyers, essays, homework etc.
  • Collages can be used to decorate the classroom

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  • Students can create collages to introduce themselves

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  • Collages can show different concepts like time, energy, evolution, height, etc.
  • Collages can display similarities and differences
  • Collages can display the culture of a country (music, art, architecture, sculpture, history, geography, important landmarks, etc.)
  • Collages can become pictionaries  or show different examples of a concept
  • Collages can represent the sequence of a field trip
  • Collages can be visual poems
  • Collages can show the steps in a procedure or scientific experiment
  • Collages can be used to display actions or active  verbs.
  • Collages can be used to display words that have the same meaning in different languages (e.g. peace, shalom, salam, paz, etc.)

Where is  PicPlayPost located on the internet?

Where can I find  tutorials demonstrating how to use PicPlayPost, an IOS(Apple) and Google Play photo collage app?

Click on either of the links below to find tutorials explaining how to use the photo collage app, PicPlayPost:

On the next blogpost we will discuss how PicPlayPost, a photo collage IOS(Apple) and Google Play app, can be used to promote instruction in the blended learning classroom.

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