Skip to main content

Engaging Tech Tip: PicMonkey

I don't know about anyone else but I was devastated when the photo editor Picnik shut down. I have a lot if photo editing software and apps but that was just my go to for making fun stuff, especially at school. To replace it, I have been experimenting with PicMonkey and so far....great.
As a photo editor it is massive. It has tons of filters, additions, etc. What I love, though, is the fun stuff. We were having an antibullying week at school and in our advisories we needed to decorate our door with the theme of "acceptance". I took a picture of each of my kiddos and shared it with them on Google Docs.

We then uploaded them to Picmonkey and the kids used the Halloween features to distort their faces. They have enhancer a that add features of witches, goblins and more.
There are paid features but the free ones were just enough. We then put these on our door and titled it, "Love us for what's on the inside, not what's on the outside!".

The kids had an absolute blast distorting their faces and have begged to do it again. I could totally see using this as a beginning year activity of "Guess who I am?" or a fun Halloween activity. I would totally recommend this for photo editing with students. It was easy to use and navigate.
Does anyone out there have a go to photo editor for kids? Let us know!!!

I've linked up with one of my favorite blogs, Technology Tailgate for their Techie Tuesday Link Up.

Head on over if you are looking for other fabulous tech suggestions!


Post a Comment

Popular posts from this blog

Grudgeball.. a Review Game Where Kids Attack!

I have long been a huge fan of using games in the classroom.  Much like sneaking broccoli into the pizza sauce, I have always felt that games were that perfect balance of teaching and engagement.  When I first started, my consummate go to was Jeaopardy but..... Holy work Batman! Setting that all up was extremely time consuming.  I wanted to find a way to have a quick go to game I could use with any set of questions.  I bought myself a Nerf hoop and did a straight game of answer the question, get it right, shoot the ball and earn points.  For a majority of the kids this was enough but for one of my classes, nothing could get them excited.  For them, this game was accompanied by the sound of crickets, followed by awkward silence, followed again by crickets.
I came up with the solution one night while watching Survivor.  The contestant competed in a challenge where they answered trivia questions about their teammates.  For every question they got correct they got to put a coconut in the…

250 Virtual Field Trips.... most of them are free!

If you have been following my blog lately, you will know that I am absolutely (and probably ridiculously!!! ) obsessed with virtual field trips.  I promise I will blog about something different soon but I have one last thing.  I have been working on organizing all the field trips I find into one sheet and I was just able to make it into a searchable database!   So search away and make some connections!  Let me know if you take any of these field trips!  I would love to hear how others are using them in their classrooms!!! This list is ever growing so bookmark this and keep coming back when you are planning next year!

Crime Scene In The Classroom!!!!

*** I have updated the resources and website for this activity.  Access the resources here and the website here!
*** If you would like to see how the simulation evolved, click here!
I had such an amazing class today I just couldn't wait to blog about it! I've been doing decent teaching since I started at my new school but every time I chat with my Teach Like A Pirate peeps (#tlap Mondays at 9 eastern and #sstlap at Thursdays at 9 eastern) I feel really inadequate. I knew I had to try to do a lesson I could sell a ticket to and even though I almost decided to scrap it five different times I finally made myself do it and it was fabulous!

I decided to create a detective agency where we were going to determine if the British soldiers at the Boston Massacre were guilt of murder or simply acted in self defense. I borrowed very heavily from this website and got a lot of inspiration from a video that I now can't find but I'll post it as soon as I find it. In the video, th…