So I was doing a cool art project where you dye a photographic image onto fabric using LUMI Inkodye and the sun and I ran across this really great image editor. It allows you to edit images for free with amazing tools. Very awesome.
I have been looking for a word cloud generator that you can use on iPad. The problem is that most use flash which is a no go for iPads. I tried wordle and tagxedo to no avail.
I just found http://worditout.com/ . Although it does not have the ability to choose the form of the word cloud like tagxedo, you still have color and font choice.
To make a word cloud for the iPad, I created a word cloud on the site, then I took a screen shot of it and cropped it in skitch. I was able to select a photo from my photo library for this blog--no need to "select a file" ( the death knell for iPad uploading because you can not choose a file in iPads). Voila word cloud for iPad!
1. Have students do an about me cloud - they need to type their name about 10 times for their name to be larger than the other words
2. Speech analysis
Have students copy and paste a speech into the word cloud to help them identify theme words.
3. Writing revision
Have students copy their own writing into the word cloud generator and see which words are most prevalent. They can then edit to eliminate high frequency words for meatier ones.
Here is a live binder with lots of other resources http://www.livebinders.com/play/play/3017
The Literacy Shed has a wealth of visual resources to use. The curator has tons ( and I do mean tons) of short animations to use for lessons. He also has lesson ideas to go with the animations. The animations themselves are beautiful and I think there is a lot of potential for creative writing.
The site has many sheds with different genres of images and animations as well as teaching ideas for each of the areas. Here is an example from the Fantasy Shed. Scroll down to "Once in a lifetime" to view some gorgeous animation that students could write narration for.
The images are ultra engaging!