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The American Heritage Dictionary offers this new web tool that allows you to create a self-portrait using your own words. Upload an image from your computer or use your webcam ...more
The American Heritage Dictionary offers this new web tool that allows you to create a self-portrait using your own words. Upload an image from your computer or use your webcam to create an image; then adjust for size and orientation using the tools provided. Link to places with already readymade material (Facebook or Twitter) or write something unique specifically for a portrait. Save, share, and print the unique image. You Are Your Words works best in Firefox, Google Chrome, or Safari web browsers. Pictures with high contrast work better than pictures with similar coloring and low contrast. Adjust the colors, contrast and font after creating an image. Share finished images via email or to most major social media sites using the share link on the site. (Email to yourself to get the url.)
In the ClassroomYou Are Your Words would be a great getting-to-know-you activity. At the beginning of the year, a You Are Your Words bulletin board or classroom display would be a fun way for everyone to get to know each other. This site could lead to really interesting discussions about the power that our words have, what they reveal about us, and how they impact people's perception of us.
You Are Your Words would also be a great way for students to create a mini biography about a hero, person of interest, historical figure, etc. Students could upload a picture and include famous quotes or words that describe the person. Students can create character description cards with words, quotes and phrases that describe fictional characters in the reading they are doing. If you have a class or small group that is reading the same book, each student can choose a character to do this for. Have them create "trading cards" of the characters that students can share with each other so that each student has a card for each character in the book. If students are doing an author study, they could create a "You Are Your Words" about the author.
As students are learning about different roles within government, they could create a You Are Your Words image about each position using a picture of the person who holds that position in government. The writing could be related to the job description for the position.
Don't stick to just images of people - upload images of any object or animal and include describing words or emotions connected with the object as part of a poetry project or for vocabulary development. What a great tool for poetry month! Have elementary students make gifts for holidays using this tool. They can write about mom or dad or about what family means to them.