iFake Text


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I’ve been reading lately about the novelty effect for increased attention spans in education. I believe “iFake Text” is a great example of  a simple tool that can allow your students to show what they know in a unique or novel way by emulating a text message conversation on an iPhone.


iFake Text

http://ifaketext.com

How to use it:

  1. Go to : http://ifaketext.com/

  2. Enter your name.
  3. Choose a carrier.
  4. Enter the conversation.
    Be sure to use the format as shown below:
    1: Hello
    2: Hello
    1: How are you?
    2: I’m fine. How are you?
  5. Click the “Create Your Screenshot” button.

    Note – If you don’t like the way it looks, you can use the browser’s back button to go back and edit it.

  6. Use the provided options at the left to share the screenshot with others.
  7. To print:
    a. Copy the “Direct Link” url.
    b. Paste the url into a new tab or window.
    c. Print.
  8. To embed the screenshot into a blog, wiki, or website, use the “HTML Image” option.

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Classroom Ideas:

Here are some ideas to get you started. Please add your own ideas in the comments area at the bottom of this post.

Vocabulary

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Jokes and Riddles

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Practicing Voice

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Poetry

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Other ideas:

Students could write dialog between:

  • Two book characters from a scene in a story
  • Two animals (including some facts about them)
  • Two historic figures
  • Two friends discussing a book, movie, or event.
  • Please add your ideas in the comments area below.

 

 

Comments

  1. This is a great tool for foreign language teachers! I used it when my 8th grade French students learned greetings. See an example here: http://tinypic.com/r/ms0io8/8

    Similar to this is simitator.com, where you can make fake twitter and facebook posts. We used the tweet generator when we learned daily routine phrases. See an example here: http://tinypic.com/r/55qc01/8. My webquest directions are here: http://bit.ly/1cHU6rn

  2. Jessica says:

    Students could use this to write about Authors Purpose – to inform, persuade and entertain.

  3. Students can use this to go through the basic steps of trouble shooting a tech problem. Like my mouse won’t work. to which they reply with the first step to fix the problem. Nope that did not work what should I do next. etc. etc

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