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Web Tool Resources        Writing Tools        Storytelling / Presenting Tools       

Comic Strip / Animation Tools        Interactive Book Creators        Word Cloud Tools

Web Tool Resources

Explore these sites and blogs to learn from other well-known educators.
Kathy Schrock's Guide to Everything

MrsGeekChick - Larissa Aradj

eTools for Language Teachers - Sylvia Duckworth


Writing Tools

PicLits - Inspire stories through pictures.

BigHugeLabs - Use digital photos and text to create posters, trading cards, magazine covers, and unique projects. Student examples!

ReadWriteThink Webbing Tool - Free-form graphic organizers
Storyboard That - Free/Paid options for educators. Drag-and-drop clipart, text, scenes to create engaging storyboard.

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Digital Storytelling and Presentation Tools

Wall / oral presentation tools

Thinglink - Teacher example - Blog post - App and Web-based tool to annotate images with videos, links, text, and other images. Amazing!

Glogster Edu - Student examples - Free and paid options available.  Design an interactive poster with pictures, video, text, and appealing art.

Haiku Deck - Catherine's example - Free! Presentations that focus on images and little text.

Prezi -  Student example : Use a template or a blank canvas, links, pictures, videos, and text to build an interactive presentation.

Google Maps - Catherine's example of Google Maps for WL teachers and learners.

Video / slideshow tools

Animoto for Education - Student example : Free accounts for educators! Use digital photos, videos, music and text to create engaging presentations.

Magisto - Free and paid options available. Videos with music, video, and photos.

Wideo  - Catherine's example: Free and paid options to remove branding/downloading. Choose objects, add text and music to create an animated presentation.

PhotoPeach - Teacher example : Free and paid options available to make engaging slideshows with captions, music, and transitions.

SlideShare  - Teacher example : Upload PowerPoints, PDFs, and other documents to share and embed.

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Comic Strip, Animation, Infographics, and Pictures Tools

ToonDoo Visit teacher example. Creative characters and comics.

Make Beliefs Comics
- A comic creator with WL students and teachers in mind.
Pixton Comics for Schools - Create multi-panel comics with text.

Build Your Wild Self - Teacher example : Create a new species of animal using various animal parts. Students could follow up with a writing piece about their animal.

Infographic creators

Infographic tutorial by Linda W. Braun. - Nicole Naditz's example -  Free! Create and share visual ideas through infographics. - Free - Create infographics and charts from 30 different templates. (even video!)

Piktochart - Free and educational pricing options available : Create infographics, reports, banners, and presentations.

Animation tools

Zimmer Twins - Student example : Create and share animated stories from template scenes and your own text.

Dvolver - Teacher example : Choose background, characters, and dialogue. Share through e-mail or embed into blog/site.

Voki - Student examples : Choose and accessorize an avatar, record a message, and share with others. 

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Interactive Book Creator Tools

Storybird - Teacher example : Stunning art leads to thoughtful stories!

StoryJumper  - Use your own art or the provided images to illustrate your story.

Flipsnack - Free and paid options - Upload PDFs and other files to create flip-style books.

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Word Cloud Tools

Wordle - Wordle transforms text into a visual artwork piece. It can be a unique view of the students' work. Students may use any work that they have produced and transform it into art.

Tagul - A customizable tool for transforming words into word clouds.

 Word Clouds ABCya! - Much like Wordle, this basic program allows you to "play" with a text. Users are able to change the font, the color, and the size of the word cloud.



Tagxedo - Tag Cloud with Styles Tagxedo is an advanced, but still easy-to-use program that uses shapes, fonts, themes, and the Web to help you create sophisticated looking word clouds. I have used Paul Verlaine's "Chanson d'automne" (Song of Autumn) to create this pictoral representation of the poem. I chose the colors, the font, the shape, and the layout. A great site for the artistically impaired!

Update: At this time I do not recommend embedding your creation in a site or blog. The developer used "Silverlight," which is not a compatible program with most browsers. Save your creation as a .JPG file and add it as a normal picture file.



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