Online Poster Makers
by Susan Stephenson, www.thebookchook.com
Consider online poster makers when students want to publish short pieces of text. They are ideal for six word memoirs/stories, captions, jokes, riddles or to practise matching someone else's quote with a visual to deepen the text's meaning. Practical reasons for needing a poster exist too - children might choose a poster maker to advertise a stall or book sale, or to remind others about the importance of recycling perhaps. As always with the internet, I advocate adult supervision when children use any website.
Here are some online poster makers you might like to explore with your own kids or students:
Big Huge Labs' Motivator: I've used Big Huge Labs' Motivator several times for my blog posts eg. Cow Appreciation Day. Kids won't need to register unless they want to save to the website, but can upload an image from their own computers or get one from Flickr or Facebook. They follow some prompts to decide on how best to create the poster, add text and create. Big Huge Labs also have a Movie Poster.
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BlockPosters: I haven't used block posters but have it bookmarked for when I need to print out a really big poster. The idea is that you can create any size wall posters from any size images. Once you upload an image, you slice it and receive each slice, enlarged, inside a pdf file. This could be useful both to kids and adults. I can certainly see it proving useful in schools! Be sure to check out the FAQ so you will be prepared for possible problems.