Tech Tools for Teaching Literacy Skills

The two tech tools you will play with today are Wordle and Comic life.


Creating a Wordle:
Wordles are word clouds that are fun and easy to make. The more times a word is mentioned in a wordle the bigger the text will appear.

For an example of a wordle click here

This visual representation of text can help students evaluate the emphasis certain words have in a text. It can be interesting to view a poem in wordle, or a famous speech. A student might want to run a draft of an essay through wordle to check whether the words emphasized are the ones they mean to be emphasized. Or a student might want to write their own word cloud poems. Wordle is especially helpful for visual learners.

For more uses of wordle in the classroom click here.
To view presidential inaugural speeches in wordle,
click here.

For a screencast on how to set up a wordle click here.
To get started with wordle, click here.
Have fun! Ask if you need help!


Creating in Comic Life:

Comics are a great way to engage reluctant readers, English Language Learners, and visual learners in the classroom. Creating comics in Comic Life is a fabulous way to teach narrative structure, pulling out main ideas, and visual literacy. And it is a lot of fun.

For an example of a biography done in comic life click here.
For an example of a book report done in comic life
click here.
For an example of a simple story told in comic life click here.
For lesson plans using comic life, including retelling a myth, and making an artist page, click here.
For more tips on using comics in the classroom, click here.

For a screencast to get started using Comic Life click here.
To go straight to Comic Life click here.
Have fun! Ask if you need help!