Digital Postcards For The Digital Age!
Type of technology: App
SAMR Model Rating: Augmentation
Grade level: All
Subject area: All
Nobody sends anything by mail anymore! Why not send postcards digitally then too? Students in my AVID and English classes used the app Photocard to do just that. I took my classes to the library for one day to complete the assignment. AVID students used the app to write a teacher a thank you postcard. My English classes used the app to write a postcard from the perspective of the protagonist from the novel we were reading in class. Our amazing school librarian added the Photocard app on all of our iPad carts. The app required students to use an email address and since our school does not give every student an email the librarian created a library email address for every student to use. Students now had a way to share their finished projects with other teachers as well as myself.
Each student was given the directions below on a half sheet of paper.
Instructions: Below are step by step instructions on how to use Photocard app.
- Search for an appropriate image on Google, when you have found the image, place your finger on the image and hold it there. Click save image.
- Go to the home screen and touch Learning Tools folder, then Photocard app.
- Touch new, then erase the existing Photocard that comes up.
- Touch “Choose from Photo Library” and select your saved photo
- Touch “Done”
- Swipe or touch A and type your writing
- Choose an appropriate stamp and stickers
- When finished, tap address, address the Photocard with whom it is to and type in an email address ( you need to included an email address otherwise your Photocard will not be sent).
- Touch “Action” in the lower right, click “Send postcard by email”
- Type in my email address of the teacher you are sending it to.
- Change the subject of the email to your First and Last Name and click “send.”
Difficulties with the app:
- It does not save a project, therefore students need to complete the assignment in one period.
- It takes awhile for the postcards to be sent by email, so do not have students put their iPad away until you receive a confirmation email their project has been sent. If they put the iPad away before it shows up in your email, they may have to start their project from scratch.
- Some students forgot to change the subject line of the email, therefore when I received the email I had no clue which student it was from. The librarian and I would shout out students’ names who could put their iPad away since we received their postcard, and the remaining students were the ones who did not change the subject line.