For this activity, I took a look at both Mappr and the Flickr Color Pickr and I wasn’t really intrigued by them. I think Mappr could be more applicable to the teaching we do in the libraries but for this activity, it’s really not my thing. I’m still not sure what the Flickr Color Pickr is?? So I’ve decided to try out the Montagr. So I clicked the link on the school learning website and it took me to a Flickr application. Once I found the link to create a photo montage (located at the bottom of the page), it sent me to Smilebox. I have heard of this but never used it. I then downloaded the application to Smilebox, created my account with them, and then had some fun creating all kinds of mosaics with my photos. Smilebox is a great application that allows the user to create invitations, scrapbooks, announcements, etc. Lots of fun! You have tons of options to chose from and you even have the ability to add music, your own or theirs, to whatever you create! I’ve already sent the link below to my parents, and other family members and I’ve created other fun photo montages as well.
I can see lots of great curricular possibilities with mashups and applications like Smilebox especially for my US History classes and a project I do with my 9th grade classes on Raisin in the Sun. My favorite feature of all these possibilities is the writing component you have with many of them. I love that these programs allow a student to learn technology, be creative, and yet still be able to work on their writing skills. In fact, they would probably by into learning the writing component even more when the technology has the potential to be so relevant. However, it’s been my experience that if the technology moves too slow, the students lose interest. We are supposed to be getting our computers refreshed over the summer, so hopefully that will alleviate some of the frustrations we’ve had in the past.