Product Review of PhotoGrid – Video & Pic Editor
PhotoGrid – Video & Pic Editor is a photo app that allows you to create funny scenes by overlaying favorite photos or placing them into layouts. 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.
This app could accompany science experiments with a visual component, such as the growth of a plant or development of mold over a period of time. For classroom use, kids could share one copy of the app and just save to individual folders in the gallery, though they would have access to each other’s work that way as well.
Note that stickers include a pile of dog poo and a bloody ax.
This is a relatively flexible photo collage app with a few navigational design flaws. There is some learning to be done, though: Kids can collect and present groups of photos that tell a story, like a historical timeline or steps in a set of instructions, and narrate their work through overlaid caption text. Students can use their knowledge of language to recall information from photographed experiences, and — due to the tight size constraints — choose words, phrases, and punctuation for effect and convey ideas precisely.
The main downside is the amount of navigation required to access all features. A dynamic top banner ad and app purchase button and panel are a bit intrusive, and there’s unfortunately no ad-free version.
Overall User Consensus About the App
Empowering features and lots of choices for creation. Design is solid, although navigating the app can feel unintuitive at times.
Curriculum and Instruction
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.
No extensions are available, and there’s not much support except via email to the developer.