Timetoast, on the other hand, is a-MAZ-ing. I love it. What a great, user-friendly way to create a visual representation of things. I had fun browsing through other users' timelines and searching for things that other people created, and instantly started thinking of potential classroom applications:
- I could create timelines that represent the eras depicted in literature we're studying to provide historical context.
- Students could create personal timelines instead of typical personal essays.
- Students could create timelines to summarize and highlight important events from stories we read.
Weebly? It's fine, I guess, if you want to create a more individualized blog. Personally, I'm pretty happy with the blogger, and not yet at a point where I feel like I need to be playing with my blog on that level. That said, if I do one day get to that point, it seemed like Weebly was pretty easy to use.
Wordle was interesting. The idea of word webs that are created via an application is neat. It might be a fresh way for students to review their own (and each others') essays. I'm not sure I see tons of really interpretive, critical work that could be done on the site, but it is fun. I uploaded the personal statement I wrote when I applied to my master's program and here's what it spit out:
Pretty cool, huh? It might be challenging to think of really meaningful ways to integrate it in the classroom (instead of fluffier ones), but it's different, and certainly does hold some good possibilities. Look at this one - I entered the text from the first chapter of The Great Gatsby. Seeing which words figure prominently in the chart could help clue students in to ideas and characters that might be important, if I shared this before they began reading. Hmm... I like that.
That's all for now - I want to check out more of the recommended sites, but I need to keep moving on my Things!
ADDENDUM: I was really proud of myself for that Gatsby idea, I'm not gonna lie. So I feel, in the interest of full disclosure, that tonight, while I was searching the English Companion Ning, I found a post from someone who'd already created wordles for all nine of the chapters. I still think the idea is good, but apparently, not all that original...