February 20, 2014

Greek Legacies & A Photo Editing App

No lesson on Ancient Greece could be complete without analyzing the many ways the Greeks have influenced today's world. For our culminating project, students were asked to highlight 5 Greek Legacies.

We started by working together to create a massive list of possible legacies. I think this part was really powerful for our students because they were able to get a comprehensive picture of all the things that we have today that can be traced back to this time and place.

(It also encouraged conversations among students who pondered what kinds of legacies they will leave for future generations.)

Then, each student received an 11X17 paper for their posters. They had to illustrate and describe each legacy using their own knowledge and information from our textbook and research. Here are a few examples from our students:

I also thought I should share with you an app I've found useful for picture editing. I have a free version of the Retouch app, which I used in the first photo above to remove a student name... which was right in the middle of the poster.

With this app, I was able to simply use the lasso tool to draw a circle around the part of the image I wanted to remove (in this case, a student name), and then it magically erased it for me. 

I don't pretend to know how this works, and quite frankly, I don't really care. But I was pretty impressed with the results, so I thought I'd pass it along because I know I'm not the only one who sometimes refrains from sharing things to protect student identities. 


  1. I LOVE making posters like these in class. Yours turned out AMAZING! I wish my kids used this many details! I've missed you...I started playing Candy Mania Blast and lost touch with the real world. XO
    Rockin' and Lovin' Learnin'

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