iPiccy logoiPiccy is a web-based photo editing and sharing application that offers a simple yet powerful set of features to alter and transform pictures. From traditional editing tools, like sharpness and contrast, to RGB level shifting, iPiccy offers a robust palette of photographic adjustments. Additionally, iPiccy includes the ability to create several layers of pictures for a blending of images, similar to Adobe Photoshop.

Tool Snapshot

Price Free
Learning Constructionism
Ease of Use ★★★✩✩
Privacy ★★★★★
Accessibility ★★★★
Class Size Unlimited
ISTE*S Creative Communicator

iPiccy was founded by Alex Bespechny on 2011. Bespechny, a lawyer in New York City, “wanted to make photo editing online really easy and interesting” that did not heavily rely on a computer’s graphics processing and was available to the masses. iPiccy allows users to edit single photos through a robust set of photo manipulation features, including cropping, color correction, text boxes, and photo layering.

As a learner-centered tool, iPiccy promoted intrinsic motivation through creative expression and flexible decision-making through its variety of aesthetic variables. For ease of use, there are automatic settings to apply changes to best fit your needs. In regards to privacy, iPiccy does a great job protecting the information and ownership retention of its users. Users retain ownership rights to all content produced, and iPiccy has limited distribution exclusively for purposes of contest promotion of user work.

iPiccy Overview Video

iPiccy & the SAMR Model

  • Substitution 
    • Replace analog photo manipulation processes
    • Express ideas through photo manipulation/creation rather than drawings
    • Replace complicated and expensive software options (Adobe Photoshop)
  • Augmentation:
    • Students can undo certain effects and manipulations applied
    • Students are able to apply several ideas and themes in combination with one another in the same picture
  • Modification 
    • Students can save their images in a larger group and see on another’s contributions
  • Redefinition
    • Students can rework and see a history of one another’s work for reverse engineering
    • Monthly contests to engage students globally
iPiccy Facebook Contest Screenshot

iPiccy Monthly Photo Contest Submission

Learning Activities


Students can explore the Red, Green, and Blue values of pictures and the relation of luma curves to picture exposure.

Students can add pictures and annotations to graphs, charts, and other sources and have it embedded in one central photograph


Students can create collages of pictures that highlight certain ecosystems or natural processes, connecting each component through a different layer complete with text and symbols (arrows, pathways, etc…)


Students can take a webcam photo of themselves and dress up in period era clothing to discuss various styles and throughout different time periods and cultures.

iPiccy History Example: Dress up as a pilgrim