Sunday, November 9, 2014

DigiLit Sunday - Blendspace and PicMonkey

      I love that Margaret Simon has started a Sunday Link Up for posts about digital literacy at her blog to challenge us to share our technology journeys. 
     I came across two things I'd like to introduce to students.  One I found on one my favorite blogs -  Mr. Schu's blog, Watch.Connect.Read. about Raina Telgemeier Day.  Check out Blendspace!  I haven't played around with it, yet, but I love the idea of putting together digital lessons for students.  There are also things available for them to create. 
     The other I was encouraged to use by Carol Varsalona for her upcoming Finding Fall Gallery.  She is much better than I at using this free site, but I'm going to try to do more with it.  I'm not going to share the Fall poetry submission I gave her - you'll have to wait for her gallery for that, but I played around some more and made a small collage of some DC pictures from the recent trip my husband and I made.  As you can see, I played around with the texture. There are so many options at PicMonkey.  Students will have a blast with it.  They may want to use it for doctoring up pictures for their Kidblog entries or use it to enhance their poetry like Carol does.  Maybe we could use Carol's galleries as a mentor text and make a class one!  I'm going to do a short winter-themed unit between Thanksgiving and Christmas that would be great for this!!  Ideas starting to sprout...


  1. Holly, thank you for mentioning me in your post. I found out about PicMonkey from a colleagues & it ended up being one of my favorite go to apps. Please ask one of your students to submit a finding fall piece. Margaret will have two that I will share. My next gallery will be Winter Whispeings so let your students have fun with that and let's link up.
    I enjoyed your collage.

  2. "Maybe we could use Carol's galleries as a mentor text and make a class one!" Yes! Great idea. Image, poetry, digital literacy all packed into one. Thanks for linking up and keeping the DigiLit conversation going.

  3. Holly,
    I'm going to have to play with this a bit. I haven't used PicMonkey. I have also been wanting to join Carol's gallery. Thanks for the reminder.