Most recently my fifth graders have been learning about art and culture from Latin America. We just completed a cut paper project on Dia de Los Muertos that focused on craftsmanship and composition. Students did a great job creating relevant, well composed, well crafted images and I wanted to reward them for their patience and hard work and hit a technology project as well. Picmonkey.com worked as a great one day project.
Besides great basic editing tools and an amazing selection of photo filters, pic monkey.com also has a a wide variety of touch up tools, frames, overlays and text options AND awesome, fun filled themes such as Day of the Dead! A perfect curriculum tie in.
I had students take a front view picture in photo booth and stressed that there should be no filters, no head tilts but they could choose their own facial expressions. They then went to www.picmonkey.com and dragged their photo to the edit a photo button. I walked them through the basics of cropping and basic editing. I had them experiment with filters for a few moments before running them through the touchup, frames, and text options. This was a great moment to pause and talk about the job of a photo editor and all of the tools that exist for models and movie stars - most kids were amazed that I could make myself lose 20 pounds and change the make my eyes closer together in a minute.
Students were then instructed to create a digital costume for their photo with a Day of the Dead theme. It was to be well composed, well crafted, and intentional in the overlays, tools, and filters that they choose to use. Students loved this and it was a great one class project that kids were excited to create and share. Give it a try!