Student Project Sites:__

   
All activities shown with a have been fully developed and are available for purchase
 

 

 
 

Wordle

 
 


http://www.wordle.net/

 
 
Wordle is a tool for generating “word clouds” from text. The clouds give greater prominence to words that appear more frequently in the source text. Different fonts, layouts, and color schemes can be changed as well.

 
 
Interpretive
: Teacher creates a Wordle based on a story and students need to predict what the story was about.

Interpersonal: Take the assignment they've been given, have students put it into Wordle and then fill out the peer evaluation checklist based on which words were used most frequency, if that's what the author intended, accuracy of those words, etc.

Presentational: Take news article on the same topic from different countries and make Wordle images out of them. Based on these images, students present a comparison of the different articles and theorize why different cultures presented the story differently. They could also use Wordle to analyze several different drafts of a project/paper and explain either in written format or orally how their writing has changed between the different drafts.

 
     
 

Tagxedo-Stylish Word Clouds


 
 
http://www.tagxedo.com/

 
 
This site is similar to Wordle only students can create their word images as a shape. They are able to choose a shape in the site or upload their own image for this purpose

 
 


Interpretive: The teacher creates two tagxedos based on two candidates running in an election in a Spanish-speaking country. The tagxedos are loaded with text from each candidate's political platform.  Students compare and contrast the candidates using tagxedo. Artists, authors, cultural products, and countries could also be compared.



Interpersonal:  The teacher prepares different incomplete tagxedo shapes around the classroom. As a warm-up or review activity, students move in pairs from shape to shape taking turns adding one word related to the shape. Pairs must negotiate which word to add for each shape and cannot repeat words written by another team.   For example, the teacher may place template shapes of the countries studied during one unit or an object representing different holidays. Students eventually create a loaded tagxedo by hand.

Presentational: Students select one of the pre-made shapes in tagxedo (eg. apple, butterfly, globe), students are then asked to write a poem about the object. The poem may be based on cultural products, perspectives, and practices. Then, they load their poem into tagxedo and create a calligramme (based on the work of French poet Guillaume Apollinaire ), where the spatial arrangement of the words play a role in the construction of the poem.

 
 



 


 


 
 



"Originality is the essence of true

scholarship. Creativity is the soul

of the true scholar."

Nnamdi Azikiwe

 
 


 
     
 



 
 

Storybird Story Creator

 
 


http://storybird.com/


 
 
This easy to use digital format is a great way for students to write stories. They use the pictures that are there to create a digital book that is easily viewed and shared.

 
 


Interpretive: Students either read a page from one of the pre-made storybird books or view the artwork and have to make predictions about what the whole story might be about.

Interpersonal: The teacher puts up a picture from a book on storybird and the students have to create a spontaneous dialogue among the characters. This is done for five scenes.

Presentational: Students create a storybird book of their own!


Click here to view a student example!



 
     
 



 
 

Image Chef Meme Maker

 
 
http://www.imagechef.com/meme-maker/


 
 
This site allows you to create your own meme (a humorous image, video, piece of text, etc. that is copied and spread rapidly on the Internet) with ease. You can use the website's images or upload your own. The meme can be shared via social media, can be e-mailed or downloaded.

 
 



Interpretive:
The teacher can provide students with several memes to examine and using a checklist for each one, they can write whether each meme is serious, funny, whether they understand the meaning, etc.

Interpersonal: Students are given either a picture or meme wording and they need to find another student who could create a meme with their picture/words. They will then explain to the teacher why the two could go together.

Presentational: Students create a meme using a picture of a historical figure. They need to come up with an appropriate quote from that person to represent them and/or their historical significance. They will present their meme to the class.