I hope some of you had a chance to play with the websites that I mentioned in my last post. I have a few more tools to share with you from my second day at the ISTE 2012 Conference that was held in San Diego this week.
1) If you love Wordle, then you might really love Tagxedo. With Tagxedo you can enter text AND pick a shape for your word cloud. Below, is a Tagxedo I made just from entering the URL for my blog. It picks out key words and I just selected the apple shape. I think this site is just plain fun. It was also a lot faster than Wordle.
As far as using this in the classroom, one teacher mentioned that she enters words associated with a particular theme into her Tagxedo, and the kids have to guess what the theme is. I think this site has a lot of classroom potential.
Update 2/14/16! Turns out that I really ended up loving Wordle, too! Click on the image below to see how to make these adorable, personalized bookmarks for your students.
2) Toontastic is a great storytelling app for the Ipad available at the ITunes store. The best news is that it is FREE! Toontastic allows students to choose the setting, characters, music, and plot of their story. It is then animated and the students do a narration for their story. I love all the ways you can incorporate Language Arts skills with this app. You can preview Toontastic on the web HERE.
Oh my goodness, I am going to stop here. Those two tools alone, could potentially eat up your entire day. Have fun.
Let me know what you think about these tools. How can you foresee using them in your classroom?
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Until next time,