Submitted by Fiona Beal
Nowadays there are so many different things you can do with your photographs. Microsoft AutoCollage is a webtool that allows you and your students to get creative with your images and combine them into a single collage. Best, of course, is that it is free. Microsoft Research has really tried to make this application as simple as possible to use. Basically, you point it to a folder of photos in your My Pictures section and it knits them together to produce an eye catching collage. The tool is also available on the Microsoft Educator’s Network. We invite you to join this amazing network with its large collection of resources, lessons and tutorials.
Examples of Microsoft’s AutoCollage
If you would like to see examples, Microsoft Research has a whole folder of AutoCollage photos in Flickr. http://www.flickr.com/groups/autocollage/ Here is an example from that group.
How to use Autollage
Here are some step by step instructions on how to use AutoCollage.
A video tutorial on Microsoft AutoCollage
Below is a tutorial video that I found in the UK Partners of Learning YouTube channel. You can see that the opening image is a collage of a number of photos. I think this teacher explains very clearly how to get started with AutoCollage…hope you find it useful.
Classroom uses for AutoCollage
Here are some starting points for classroom ideas for using AutoCollage. Please add some thoughts that you have about ways of using this programme in your classroom.