Ed Tech Tips with E. Mosier

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Enhance any unit with the Trading Card Creator!

When you're looking for the perfect project to supplement a unit, the Trading Card Creator is a great tool! Put together and offered by a nationally accredited organization, Read, Write, Think, this program has a clean interface with easy instructions to create trading cards in a flash! Of course this service is FREE to use and no more than a Google Search away!

So, how does it work?

Once you've reached the site for the Creator, there will be an option to "Get Started." This loads an additional window with the materials to create your cards. After you've input your name, you are asked what type of cards you will be creating. The benefit of this is that it isn't just for characters in a novel! The options are:

  • Fictional Person
  • Real Person
  • Fictional Place
  • Real Place
  • Physical Object
  • Event
  • Abstract Concept
  • Create Your Own

Along with the option to select your type of card, you are asked to type in a Topic for your cards. With such a wide variety of options, this makes an ideal program for any project.

Then What?

Once you've selected your Topic and Type of Card design, you're on to the next step of actually creating the card. What I like about this service is that it allows you to design a trading card as you would see it, with material on both sides. The first option that appears is to design the front side of the card. You can insert an image from the computer in the upper right hand corner, and then you can input different descriptors for whatever type you've selected. Once you're finished with the front side, you can click the "Flip" arrow in the lower right hand corner of the card to complete the back side with additional information about your topic. Additionally, there's an arrow in the lower right hand corner of the descriptor box that allows you to toggle through all of them.

What Can I do with it?

Once the design has been completed, you are provided a thumbnail print of your first card. You are able to create up to 8 cards per collection. If you click on your existing card, it reverts back to the design stages of the process to edit. But, you also have to option to add more cards or "Finish." If you are satisfied with how it looks and click "Finish," you are presented with 4 additional options - Print (which displays both sides), Save Draft (to edit later), Save Final (to print later), or Share Final (to e-mail as a PDF to others).

How might each subject use it?

The best thing about this service, by far, is that it isn't targeted for any specific subject area. Here's a few suggestions on where and how you may use this service in your classroom.

Science - Create cards for each element on the Periodic Table or famous scientists who've shaped our view of the world.

Social Studies - Create cards for different places in the world, different civilizations long ago, or Explorers of the World.

Math - Create cards to review concepts such as the Pythagorean Theorem, or have a quick reference guide for working with fractions, or as easy reviews of volumes and areas of various shapes.

Language Arts - Create cards for fictional characters in novels, of places important to the setting of a novel, or on famous authors near and far.

Foreign Language - Create cards for verb patterns to easily remind students when to use 1st and 3rd person in their writing, or to highlight a given area in France, Spain, or Germany.

Music - Create cards on a famous musician, types of scales, or to simply remind them of basic marching techniques/commands in band.

Art - Create cards for famous artists, famous paintings, or for cities that have influenced artistic movements throughout history.

Enjoy creating!

There are so many benefits to using this program, especially with its ease of use flexibility of options. As always, if you have any questions, please let me know. Finally, if your classroom is creating these, I'd love to see a final product of how they look and what each student created!

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