Present and Explain Ideas and Concepts with Pic Play Post

Guest blog post by Nancy Williams from 2 Tech Chicks

Present and Explain Ideas and Concepts with Pic Play Post

When we ask students to explain something, they are able to integrate new knowledge with their prior knowledge. In the elementary setting, it can be something as simple as describing a concept in their own words to the more complex “math talk,” where students have to explain and justify their thinking.

Being able to explain something is also spelled out in the Common Core Standards as shown in the fifth grade standards below.

Presentation of Knowledge and Ideas:
• CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.SL.5.4
Report on a topic or text or present an opinion, sequencing ideas logically and using appropriate facts and relevant, descriptive details to support main ideas or themes; speak clearly at an understandable pace.
• CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.SL.5.5

Include multimedia components (e.g., graphics, sound) and visual displays in presentations when appropriate to enhance the development of main ideas or themes.
As a technology facilitator and specials teacher, I was asked to concentrate on science content whenever possible so I created several online activities in various topics for kindergarten through fifth grade. Each unit culminated in some sort of project. Rather than the standard PowerPoint, my students used an app called Pic Play Post.

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You may have seen many adults use Pic Play Post on Instagram. It is a very versatile collage maker that incorporates video, graphics, and music into a short video and it’s free! There are 48 different frame layouts available from a single box to multiple boxes in different layouts. More than one video can be inserted into a layout and designated what order they play in. Videos can be from 15 seconds to one minute.

I created a planning sheet and rubric to give my students some direction and narrow the focus of what their task was.  I modeled the planning process with student input to clarify the process and expectations. The planning sheet was very useful because it allowed kids to sketch their chosen layout, explain the order of presentation and write short scripts.  Most of the students “talked it out” with their classmates and exchanged suggestions without my prompting.   After creating their individual presentations, some students created group presentations with each student “occupying” a box and explaining a phase of the water cycle.   They were so engaged and motivated that I never had remind anyone to stay on task.

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Here is an example of one of my students explaining the water cycle.

Pic Play Post is a very versatile and engaging way of allowing students to demonstrate their knowledge and understanding. One of the best things about it is that it is available not only for iOS and Android devices, but PCs and Macs as well!
I’d love to hear about your experiences with this flexible, easy to use app!

Nancy Williams
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