Friday, 26 October 2012

Web tools for creating posters

Only five days left till the magic night of Halloween.

No, I am not planning on a spirited and hilarious party. I have just tried out an amazing web tool Poster My Wall that lets you create posters or photo collages without registration or fee.

The process of creating a poster is so easy that it is ideal for school students and rookies.

Go to the site, click on Create your poster now, choose background and start creating.
You may use a solid background but you can also pick Color fade which lets you merge two colours of your choice. You may choose a background image from a large variety of images or upload your own photo. The rest is simple - add your text and download your poster.

If you want a "real" poster that can be put on the wall, you have to pay a few dollars but if you only need an image for a webpage or printing, the free version of size A4 is perfect.

Check out more poster creation tools.

Friday, 19 October 2012

Create a webpage with Tackk

Tackk is a great new service that lets you instantly create a webpage.
The site editor enables you to change the colour, fonts and background of your page and add some other features like contacts, maps and comments.
The basic idea is to post a photo (drag-and-drop it straight to the page) and add some information about it. The customization of the page is elementary, that is why it is perfectly suitable for inexperienced web users.

I see this tool as a fantastic possibility for students to create short term projects and share them online. It can be a study project, a description of a trip or school event, a drawing made by the student or even a presentation. The best thing is you don't have to register to create your webpage but in that case your page will expire in one month. If you want to keep it longer, you have to register.

Here is the page I made to see how the tool works

Saturday, 13 October 2012

Thinglink and 15 crossword puzzle makers

Have you heard of Thinglink /
If not, you WILL now because I am going to tell you how easy and marvellous it is.

Thinglink is a tool that lets you put information inside your image. And it can be done effortlessly, contrary to what you may assume.

The procedure is simple. You upload, import or drag-and-drop a picture to your Thinglink page (yes, you will have to create an account) and start filling it with information. How? Click on the image to insert an active tag and write the intended information. You may also add a link to another webpage. Then save and use the interactive image wherever you want.

This is an interactive image I created by putting links to crossword making generators.
I may have put all the links in a list and it may have spared you the time of clicking the tags, one by one. But then it would have been so boring. Think about using it with your students - can you see why they might love the tool?
Some of the crossword creators have taken the test of time and proven useful, whereas a couple of other services are quite new and promising.

If you experience some problems viewing the active tags on this image, go to my Thinglink page.