Apr 10 2013

Visualize your Writing with FlickrPoet



This cool little web app creates a visualization of your original poetry (or any other text you enter) by fetching Flickr images that match each word and displaying them in a collage with the text floating over each image.

You simply enter the text and click the “Show Story” button. Give it a few seconds and your collage will be built before your eyes. If you don’t like it, click the button again to re-spin your visualization. Here’s a small sample of my original work (I make no claim regarding the quality of the poetry itself):

Once the collage is built, you can click on any individual image to open its Flickr page. Other than that, you can’t do much with it. You can save it as a web page if you want to keep it- and I suppose you could print it to a printer or make a PDF of it.

Now that I think about it, it would be a quick way to search for a collection of images for projects (such as book trailers, slideshows, presentations, etc.).

NOTE: I could never get this to display correctly in the Chrome browser (my default). I used Firefox (on a PC) for the above image. If your web filter blocks Flickr images, this will not work!

Mar 10 2013

Narrate a collage of images with Narrable



There are many websites that allow you to add voice narration to photos, slideshows, etc. But there are very few that allow you to narrate a whole collection of images with ease like Narrable does.

After you create an account, upload local images (or browse Facebook), then sequence and resize them into a scrolling collage. Honestly, this is the hardest part- reordering and resizing the images is a little more cumbersome than it should be. Once the images are in place, simply give your photos a voice by either uploading audio, using the built-in voice recorder, or enter your phone number for the voice recorder to call you and record by phone!

Each picture may have a different recording- and each recording is labeled with the person narrating. This allows groups of individuals to contribute to the same project! Here’s a curriculum example (thanks to my awesome and wonderful daughter who lent me her voice for a whole sentence in the narration).

The final project can be shared in a number of ways, including embedding using an iFrame as shown here (view Fullscreen for best results):

Nov 26 2012

Animated Writing with a Google Docs simulator!



You’ve all probably seen one of the Google commercials similar to this one:

Wouldn’t it be cool for our students to create a story through video screen captures like this? Well, this new tool “Docs Story Builder” does something similar by allowing students to “become” characters in a shared Google Doc. Students type in the character names, then enter what they want typed on the screen by each character. Then, they can choose a musical soundtrack to accompany the final “video” story.

It’s best explained by viewing an example- click on the image below to see what I mean. This is an example of one student playing the part of two students and adding imagery and elaboration to his/her writing (links to http://docsstorybuilder.appspot.com/BV7wPj).

There are so many cool things about this. Just imagine the possibilities- students retelling an account of the Boston Massacre, or interviewing Abraham Lincoln… and on and on and on.

The site generates a unique URL for each Doc Story, but there is no easy way to embed the “video.” It’s still in its infancy- perhaps these asesome features will be added later! Enjoy!


On a personal note- anyone notice how Susan hasn’t blogged since the middle of May? Just saying…