Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Use FlauntR to Play with Images and Text

Sometimes a picture is a great prompt for writing. Even cooler, I think, is when you can create the picture yourself. FlauntR is an online photo editor with lots of great effects. It has fancy fonts and stamps, too, the sort of bling that might inspire your young writer and artist to create. They offer a few free photos (that's where I found the duck at left) or you can get pictures from your own computer, or Flickr, Picasa etc.


When I generated this picture, I really appreciated TextR, the feature that allowed me to add a short caption. Being me, I had to try to use FlauntR to tell a story, and I think this would make a simple and fun activity to do with your kids.


They could make a fun FlauntR just by playing, then use it as a prompt for some writing. Help out if necessary by asking questions: What might happen if ducks had brakes? Or when they don't? Do ducks need wheels? What other animals might get involved in a duck crash? Should ducks be speed-limited? How fast should a duck go anyway? What might make a duck go very fast, or very slow indeed?


The interface is user-friendly and basically it's a matter of playing around to try different tools. If you or your kids love to play with words and images, I suggest you check out FlauntR


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10 comments:

  1. Kelly Burstow01 September, 2010

    HA! I like the look of this.

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  2. Lots of fun, Kelly, and easy too!

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  3. Kelly Burstow01 September, 2010

    I think it would be useful for blog posts too BC.

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  4. Now why didn't I think of that!

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  5. That is fun! My students like using tools like these to transform themselves into characters in a story by adding wacky props.

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  6. Great idea Kelly, thanks for mentioning it. And the "stamps" are definitely wacky here - kids will love it!

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  7. Hi....I love FluantR a LOT...My kid thinks its great =-X

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  8. Julia-A Cool Mom22 November, 2010

    My kids loved it....(they r in middle school)...............THANX FOR THE cool idea..... :) ;) =-X 8-)

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  9. That's excellent, A Parent!

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  10. So pleased it worked for you and the kids, Julia, and you're welcome!

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