Just finished the fourth grade iPad Alphabet photography collages.
I am thrilled with the results!
Our fourth graders shot color letter photos in our school garden, using camera-equipped iPads and iPod touches. I wrote about the first two days of this process in this post.
On Day 3, students brought iPads to the art room (note: make sure your tables are super clean!). Students partnered up to help each other during the photo selection and editing process. First they selected their single best photo. Using the basic photo edit in the device, the students cropped their photos, changed them to black and white, then saved to the device’s camera roll.
Next, students emailed me their best single b&w photos.
I used a Mac computer equipped with iPhoto to sort the photos. Whatever photo editing application you use, I highly suggest creating a folder for each letter.
To create the group collages, I used the free website Pic Monkey. It was easy to create a grid and upload the 26 letter photos for each collage. I even added a frame and text before saving the photo. Note: Pic Monkey requires Flash and cannot be used on an iPad. Also, if you use Pic Monkey, plan on filling that grid in one sitting as you cannot save work to the site.
I’m not going to lie – the whole process took a lot of time. I did the collages at home after hours. I am not a photographer, and there was a lot of trial and error.
I will teach it differently next time, specifically:
- show lots of examples of alphabet photos. The website for the original alphabet photography company is a good source.
- Model, model, model every step of the process.
Model saving as a black and white image,
Model emailing photos to me with a correct email address, and subject line including name, teacher and letter.
I will also seek alternate iPad apps for the students, and photo collage apps for me.
Have you taught a photo project using iPads? Please share!
UPDATE: DONE! I finished the iBook for this lesson plan. It contains all the alphabet photos and collages.
You need an iPad to read it. Here is the link
Check out this book on the iBookstore:
iPad Alphabet Photography
Rina Vinetz, Cara Spitzmiller & Angie Tremble