Photo Grid - Collage Maker

Common Sense Media says

Weird interface, but silly stickers and fun layouts rule.

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Learning(i)

What parents need to know

Ease of play

Overall it's fairly easy to use, but some of the navigation is unintuitive.

Violence

Stickers include a bloody ax and ninja star.

Sex
Not applicable
Language
Not applicable
Consumerism

The app has banner ads, and the main menu has two prominent buttons to purchase other apps.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking
Not applicable
Privacy & safety

The in-app privacy policy states that your info is used to return email inquiries. Users can share to social media and photo sites.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know Photo Grid – Collage Maker is a relatively powerful photo collage app with a few too many redundant navigation layers. Kids can create funny scenes overlaying their favorite photos or place them into layouts with lots of ways to manipulate and manage their creations. Strangely, the main menu consists of six panels that when selected do nearly the same thing with only slight variations, which makes for a lot of back and forth to use all the functionality. Dynamic top banner ad and app purchase button and panel are a bit annoying and there's no ad-free version. Some parents might not like a few of the stickers (dog poo, bloody ax). Otherwise, a cool little tool.

What kids can learn

Subjects

Language & Reading

  • naming
  • presenting to others
  • storytelling

Arts

  • photography

Hobbies

  • collecting

Skills

Thinking & Reasoning

  • part-whole relationships
  • collecting data

Creativity

  • combining knowledge
  • making new creations

Self-Direction

  • self-reflection
  • initiative

Communication

  • multiple forms of expression
  • presenting

Tech Skills

  • digital creation
  • using and applying technology

Engagement, Approach, Support

Engagement

Empowering features and lots of choices for creation. Design is solid, although navigating the app can feel unintuitive at times.

Learning Approach

Kids will be empowered by all the options here, and if they add captions to pics, they'll exercise their skills in analysis. Learning comes from making choices and sharing the results.

Support

No extensions are available, and there's not much support except via email to the developer.

What kids can learn

Subjects

Language & Reading

  • naming
  • presenting to others
  • storytelling

Arts

  • photography

Hobbies

  • collecting

Skills

Thinking & Reasoning

  • part-whole relationships
  • collecting data

Creativity

  • combining knowledge
  • making new creations

Self-Direction

  • self-reflection
  • initiative

Communication

  • multiple forms of expression
  • presenting

Tech Skills

  • digital creation
  • using and applying technology

Kids can learn to collect and present groups of photos that tell a story, from a family vacation to a sleepover with friends. Kids can also learn to name or narrate those stories through overlaid caption text if they're using the Android version of the app, which has a lot more features than the iOS app. Photo Grid – Collage Maker is a flexible tool that lets kids express themselves creatively, but is held back a bit by the less-than-intuitive interface.

This Learning Rating review was written by Leslie Crenna

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What's it about?

From the main menu, kids choose the kind of layout they want "Grid HD" for grids with varied layouts, "Single HD" for the usual single, and other options depending on your device (iOS users won't find as many choices). Next, the app takes them to their device's gallery (as well as cloud albums for Android) where they select the photos they want to use. Then, kids can rearrange images in the grid, change the layout of the grid, change the background, and for Android devices, add text, stickers, word bubbles, and more. Once they're finished, kids can save and share their creations.

Is it any good?

QUALITY
 

Photo Grid – Collage Maker has lots of great features and flexibility for creating photo layouts. You can select from several layouts, various fonts and text box patterns and designs, stickers, orientations, and frames. You can also choose to render with a sketch effect, swap, rotate, nudge, zoom, or center each photo in their grids. Choosing photos from the device gallery is easy, and file management is a snap. Resolutions come in 720 to 1024 pixels and in jpg or png format. Settings give kids some nice storage choices and the ability to email for support. Note that iOS users will find fewer options -- it's really a bare-bones version of the Android app. On the down side, some of the menu items are confusing, and navigation is not intuitive in spots. Still, it's a fun way to make cool photo collages, especially if you're using the Android version of the app.

Families can talk about...

  • Start by encouraging your kids to collect photos using the device camera.

  • Encourage interesting thematic topics like my friends or my pets.

  • Select the best final product together and get it printed for display.

App details

Devices:iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android
Price:Free
Pricing structure:Free
Release date:April 24, 2013
Category:Photo & Video
Size:5.00 MB
Publisher:Roid App
Version:Android 4.2.8; iOS 2.2.1
Minimum software requirements:Android 1.6 and up; iOS 4.3 or later

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