Katie-Ellen asked me to recommend what I saw as the best ways to inspire literacy in kids using creative platforms. My first response was Book Chook Favourites for Book Creation. Today I bring you my favourite online platforms where children and their supervising adults can make posters online.
Big Huge Labs
At Big Huge Labs, you'll find a range of image generators. There's a magazine cover, a movie poster, a pop-art poster and assorted tools that let you turn a humble photo into something else. One of my favourites is Motivator which enables you to turn a photo into a poster by adding a motivational or just plain silly message to it. I grabbed a photo from Morguefile of the chooks, and used it to make the poster you can see above.
With Motivator, and most online poster generators, play around with the settings, and create as many posters as you want. You'll change and refine as you go until you achieve the look, colours and proportions you want. Get an idea of what you can do in my post, Cow Appreciation Day.
Notaland, like Glogster, allows users to create presentations (or notas) by embedding photos, text and other bits of media. I love the clip art they offer too. Children and chooks really enjoy adding bling to posters and pics, and Notaland gives us plenty of choices. There are opportunities to embed your Nota or share it via Blogger, Facebook etc or print it.
I wrote in detail about Notaland in The Book Chook Plays with Publishing and used it as my activity in Creative Prompt - Look Within.
Keep Calm and Carry On
I wrote in detail about Keep Calm and Carry On in (wait for it ...) Keep Calm and Carry On.
I'm not sure what it is about this poster generator. It doesn't have the variety of images of Big Huge Labs or the variety of media of Notaland. Perhaps it's just that I find pleasure in the lovely British understatement of the original poster - despite all hell breaking loose, let's just keep calm and carry on.
One thing's for sure, Keep Calm and Carry On is a very simple way to play with words and images, and well worth your time to visit.
Posters don't involve kids in a lot of writing, but they're still creating with words. Posters can be a great way to advertise a coming event, captionize a philosophy, or just send a message to a friend. With Book Week coming up in Australia August 20 - 26, consider having your students design a poster to celebrate their favourite author or literary hero. Remember, combining a literacy activity with the creative process is a wonderful way to develop skills that children will use for life. You can find more Book Chook resources for creating digital posters in Quick Writing Online.