A. 9 Simple free web 2.0 sites
When Tech: Type text into Typografit or Stories in Flight: Flickr Poet and create something like the image above. It's fun! Give Typografit a whirl here and Flickr Poet a try here. Create a word picture and share it.
Flickr Poet suggests typing in poems or music to visualize them. I couldn’t resist and typed in a poem from one of my favorite poets, Since Feeling Is First by E.E. Cummings. I then captured it using Jing; it’s viewable here.
When Tech: Type text into Vizlingo and create something like the video I made below. You have some choices of videos to include in your final product. You can even upload your own videos. Create and share a video here. It’s almost too much fun!
*A word of caution is that not all the pictures generated on these sites may be appropriate for younger learners.
See more suggested sites on a recent post called, Six Fun Educational Sites. It highlights Wonderopolis, Shel Silverstein, One World, Many Stories, Geo Greetings, Draw a Stickman, and Balloons of Bhutan. Explore more fun educational sites on our Ed Sites page.
B. A few past fun posts that I have done with students’ help. The potential of fun is unlimited when tech and creativity are at play and the products are shared.
- Who thinks SLA theories are fun? I know I do and didn’t think they could get much more interesting until teachers in my College of Ed course helped me create this post using fakebook, Prezi ,and online comic strips.
- How can vocabulary class be spiced up? My adult ESOL class showed me when they pulled together a Glogster mashup highlighted in this post.
- Again, although browsing dictionaries is a delight, my adult ESOL students show in their reviews in this post how online dictionaries can make one fall in love with words and definitions in a new manner.
A thank you to David Deubelbeiss at EFL Classroom 2.0 for hosting this carnival. I highly recommend checking out his site and its many resources! Oh, and writing this post was a blast!
Challenge for both of us: Either A: Use one of the sites in this post and blog about it. Or B. Use one of these sites for educational purposes, drop me a link to one of your creations, and I will compile them together some fun way that I share on this blog.