You Are Your Words

Wow, this is not only cool from a technology standpoint, but can impart a valuable lesson. You Are Your Words is a tool created by the American Heritage Dictionary that turns a student’s words (using a piece of writing that they have already created) into a picture of that student. By uploading a picture, the application manipulates the size, shape, and color of each word until it creates a digital image of the photo. It’s a fantastic way to exhibit student work, and helps students to remember that what they say, what they write, reflects on them.

**Special thanks to iLearn Technology for bringing this great site to my attention.**

Addendum: It has come to my attention (thanks Jen!) that the pictures you create with You Are Your Words are automatically added to their gallery, and can’t be deleted. So make sure you (and your students) are OK with having their creations available for all to see before you go playing with this.

Little Bird Tales

Little Bird Tales is another quick and easy way to create digital stories. Beginning with images (photos or drawings), children can record a voiceover to tell a story. This site is very similar to VoiceThread, though it is designed specifically for use in education, so you can actually manage a classroom’s worth of accounts from one login. It’s also different from VoiceThread in that it actually has an integrated art pad application so that you can create illustrations right there, rather than upload them.