How to Teach Procedural Writing Using Pic Collage

Kids love taking pictures and turning them into collages, am I right? Sooo, why not take that love and link it with some learning?!  Pic Collage takes engagement to a WHOLE new level.

I have used Pic Collage in a dozen ways with my students… and funnily enough I have never actually used it for creating collages (the intended purpose of the app).

The layout options offered in this app make it really easy to get kids creating various media texts such as brochures, fliers, menus, posters, comics… and more. This is what I love most about the app…its versatility. I’m sure the app creator just wanted to give people a fun and easy way to design collages, but if you think outside the box, you can easily adapt the app to teach just about any subject! Another great feature? It’s super easy to use, making it great for kiddos in ANY grade!

Step 1: Choose a layout

For this post, I will focus on how I use Pic Collage to teach procedural writing.  Using this app to teach procedural writing was inspired by a student I had last year who absolutely HATED writing, BUT LOVED creating paper airplanes (and boy was he good at it!). Sooo… I thought… hmm… maybe I could get my kiddos to write a procedure on something they were passionate about and that they were an expert at (like building paper airplanes).  I wanted an app that was easy to use and would keep my students engaged. The results were amazing!  My class was focused and having fun while writing!  They especially enjoyed taking pictures of all the steps in their procedure!

Step 2: Insert photos

My students enjoyed bringing in their materials and taking pictures for their procedure, however, in some cases it was difficult for students to bring in certain objects (either because they were too big, valuable or fragile). In this case, using pictures from the web made it feasible for students to write about ANY topic they were passionate about!

I whipped up a quick example to show you how easy it is to use this app. Here’s my procedure on “How to Bake a Cake”.

 

Notice the search bar. Just type in what you need an image for, and voila, you have loads of images to choose from!  Alternatively, you can take your own pictures and easily select images from the camera roll.

 

If you make a mistake, its easy to drag and drop the images right where you need them. You can change the layout mid-way if you realize that you need to add more steps or that you prefer another layout.

Step 3: Add the Procedural Writing

Once the images are in place, students can type in their procedure!

 

They can play around with the style, size and color of the fonts!

Quick Tip:

To teach your students about all the functions in the app, have them click on the question mark at the top.  This is what will pop up:

Conclusion:

This app is super easy to use and makes writing a bit more fun for reluctant writers. It is also a great tool for help English Language Learners!

4 Comments

  1. I love that app! Your pics made me hungry! He He He. Thanks for sharing!!

  2. This app sounds like it could be used in so many ways in the classroom. I love how you personalize the writing lesson with it.
    Thanks for sharing!

    Jenn
    The Teacher Next Door

  3. I love love love this app, but I never thought about using it with students! And this is PERFECT to go along with one of my writing units! Thanks for sharing!

  4. I have this app and I use it a lot. I've never thought about using it in the classroom. This is a great idea! I look forward to your app coming out, too! Thanks for sharing!

    Monica
    NC Teacher Chick

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