I love discovering new iPhone/Pad apps-especially ones where the application works well in the classroom. I love to share the newest apps and that’s why I started #BlappSnapp (Blogging about an App that has great edu potential) and this is the start of a series of #BlappSnapps by educators around the world.

Sometimes Apps work well on their own but occasionally I can see potential for blending 2 apps together. A number of educators have been calling this App Smashing.

This is the case for Sketchify and PhotoLayers.

These 2 apps are both photo or image manipulation apps. They both have rather unique features that when combined offer something of real potential to educators.

PhotoLayers gives the user the option  to cut out any image from a photograph and mix it with a background of your choice-similar to the online Clipping Magic.

Sketchify is an app that gives you lots of different filters for your photographs and the ‘Morfo Booth’ or ‘Crazy Talk’ ability of animating still images and making them talk.

Here’s how I used Sketchify to animate a photo of me as a 14 year old,

and here’s how I used Sketchify to produce a topic starter for my class’ new topic ‘We are Inventors’ (After I showed them a clip of Back to the Future-so they knew who Doc Brown was!!)Pretty impressive considering the app only costs 69p!

So for a topic of Recycling, I had this great idea that the Wombles of Wimbledon had relatives that lived in Sheffield and they came out at night and recycled all the Rubbish that the School community had thrown away. Only trouble was-how could I convince the pupils that the Wombles lived in Sheffield!This is where PhotoLayers came in very handy.

1. I took a photo of Skye Edge (The title of Richard Hawley’s excellent album ‘Standing On the Skye’s Edge’) 2. I then sourced a picture of a cuddly toy Womble from the internet. 3. Then I used PhotoLayers to cut out the white background of the Womble cuddly toy image and add the Skye Edge photo as a background.



I still wasn’t convinced that this would convince my students that the Wombles lived in Sheffield. I then realised how I could use Sketchify to make the photo come alive!


I thought it was a pretty impressive effect. By App smashing Sketchify and PhotoLayers it completely convinced my pupils to enter into the imaginary world that I had created and they thoroughly enjoyed the Recycling topic.

That’s the first Blapp Snapp-over to Wil Baker (@MrWilBaker) who will am sure Blapp Snapp my effort!

Be great to get more people to sign up on this Google form to Blog about an App (Android or IOS) #BlappSnapp

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