This week’s Tech Talk is: YouAreYourWords
YouAreYourWords is a site that was created to celebrate the release of the 5th Edition of The American Heritage Dictionary. The site allows you to create a self-portrait and then enter words to best define who you are. Watch this video to learn more about how it works. This would be a great site to use for an autobiography project, poetry unit, or a famous person project.
Most of us have probably heard of Wordle. Wordle is a Word Cloud Generator. A Word Cloud turns text into a visual representation or an information graphic. If you are looking for additional Word Cloud generators, you may want to check out:
- ABCYa - A very basic, easy-to-use word cloud generator that would be perfect for our youngest students. This site is very similar to Wordle.
- Tagxedo - This site gives users the ability to make highly customized Word Clouds. You can change the shape, font, font colors, and even upload your own shape to use. (This site may require you to install Microsoft Silverlight.)
- ImageChef - This site allows allows you to create a customized Word Cloud that can then be downloaded.
- Tagul - This site does require a log-in with email, but offers custom shapes and designs.
Here are a few more articles that you may enjoy if you are looking for more Word Cloud generators:
You may also want to view this slideshow; it provides way to use Word Clouds in the classroom. This article also shares ideas for incorporating Word Clouds into the classroom.
Have a great day!
If you are from Wisconsin…you may be interested in these events!
EdCampMKE will be held on May 12, 2012 in South Milwaukee. Registration is OPEN and the event is FREE!
Summer Instructional Technology Academy (SITA) & EdCampGB
Both of these events will be held from July 30 – August 2, 2012 at Bayport HS. Sign up for the EWITC EMAIL LIST to receive more information about these events!
Please let me know if you have questions about either of these awesome professional development opportunities! Have a GREAT day!
This week’s Tech Talk is: Google Chrome
Which Internet Browser is your favorite? Internet Explorer? Mozilla Firefox? Safari? Google Chrome? If you’ve switched to Gmail and haven’t checked out Google Chrome yet…you’re missing out!
Chrome isn’t just a web browser. It offers many extensions and applications that can increase productivity. Chrome allows you to sync your Google account so that you can log in from any computer and continue to use the same bookmarks, extensions, and apps. To get started with customizing Chrome, just click on the little wrench in the upper right hand corner of the browser. The drop down menu with give you options to check your history and change many of the options that come with the web browser.
Here are some resources that may help you understand Chrome -
Here are some of my favorite Chrome extensions/Apps -
If you are familiar with Chrome, which ones would you add to my list of favorites?
This week’s Tech Talk is: Google Sites
Prepare to fall in love with Google Apps for Education this month! West De Pere is GOING GOOGLE! This week we covered Google Sites!
Here are some resources that may help you understand Google Sites-
Have a GREAT weekend!