Creating effective then and now pictures
Last weekend I received these tweets:
@alanpeat @ICT_MrP Lee, do you think this technique is do-able in the class room? Any software/app spring to mind?This was my response:
— MrB (@Bennett31) August 7, 2014
@Bennett31 @alanpeat this is the app instashake allows you to mix two pictures so you can mix then & now, how's that? pic.twitter.com/B7F9pV0fmCJust in case you see other tweets sharing this idea, I just wanted to show when I mentioned it first. I hope that most followers of this blog and anyone who attends my training agree that I always credit any teacher if an idea starts with them, I just think it is fair to acknowledge where the initial inspiration for an idea comes from. I am more than happy to let people share ideas from my blog, that is the main reason for it! I am always extremely happy and proud to see people who tweet me to say that they have used an idea. I appreciate every time someone does share something from my blog and when they acknowledge where it came from. I can never prove whether a teacher genuinely thinks of an idea themselves and like to give everyone the benefit of the doubt, but to me it doesn't take much to mention and credit other peoples ideas.
— Mr Parkinson (@ICT_MrP) August 9, 2014
Instashake was an app I downloaded through Apps Gone Free a while back. It is a great way of combining two different mix in different patterns. It is really straightforward and provides a great way to compare pictures of the past to the present.
It provides a great visual stimulus for children to then use to compare and contrast or even describe.
An example would be to take some pictures of the D Day landings contrasted with what they look like now (you can find some examples here) you can then use Instashake to combine two of these pictures to create a really effective then and now contrasting image:
Other ways could be to compare your local area, take this example of a picture of Market Street, Manchester in 1877 alongside Market Street 2002: