5 Websites You Can Use Tomorrow (or Monday)Michelle King and Melanie Starks Aiken County
Word Clouds• A word cloud is a visual arrangement of a list of words. Generally, the more times a word is listed, the larger it appears. – Wordle, ABCYa, Tagxedo Applicable Standards for the 21st-Century Learner – 3.1.4-Use technology and other information tools to organize and display knowledge and understanding in ways others can view, use, and assess. – 3.3.4-Create products that apply to authentic, real-world context. – 4.1.8-Use creative and artistic formats to express personal learning.
Blabberize• A “blabber” is a video composed of a picture and a voice recording.• “Blabbers” can be downloaded.• It’s FREE!
Pic·Lits• Select a picture and add words like it’s magnetic poetry.• Select from a word bank or freestyle.• Can save or share your creations• Applicable Standards for the 21st-Century Learner – 4.1.7-Use social networks and information tools to gather and share information. – 4.1.8-Use creative and artistic formats to express personal learning. – 4.3.1-Participate in the social exchange of ideas, both electronically and in person.
• Wordle, Tagxedo, and Pic·Lits were included on the AASL Top 25 Sites for Teaching and Learning.
Tips and Tricks• Blabberize and Pic·Lits both require you to make a (free) account.• Try out the website on a student computer with a student log-in BEFORE using the site with students.• Tagxedo requires Silverlight.• Directly recording into the site may not work with Blabberize; you may have to upload.