Wednesday, December 9, 2015

PiZap


What is PiZap?

PiZap is a free resource in the Chrome Web Store, or you can just visit www.pizap.com. It is a webtool that you can use to edit, combine, and annotate images. You can edit individual images or create entire collages with text and stickers. You can be as creative as you desire. 

Why PiZap?

Students often need images cropped or edited for videos or presentations. They may want to add their own design with the drawing tools, recolor images, or add a caption. Students can also use it to combine multiple images and add speech bubbles. All edited photos can be used as a single project idea or in conjunction with a larger presentation or video. 

Teachers can also use PiZap if they desire a custom banner for their social media outlets. PiZap has presized banner templates so that you can create your Youtube cover art to match your Youtube channel. If you use your Youtube channel (or other social media outlet) to display student work, this would be a great way to advertise the purpose of the account.


Example

In my video tutorial, I demonstrate how to combine two images, add text, and import it into a Google Slides presentation. Combining images would be a great way for students to impose their own image with historical figures or places of interest. Imagine a student creating a presentation on Abraham Lincoln and them imposing their own image with him. What questions could they ask? How would he respond? With the example that I gave, I took to pictures of myself and imposed one on the other. What if students were to share their thinking about their reading. What question could they essentially ask and respond to?


Digital Citizenship

In the example, I didn't go into the stickers option. Please keep in mind that some of the stickers are not school appropriate. Those are important discussions to have with students that they determine what is appropriate for their projects. It is also important to discuss with students that they are conscious of the purpose of advertisements. Typically these advertisements will lead students to websites they do not truly wish to visit. Help them understand what to do if they accidentally click on an ad.