A. Instruction - 6.3
B. Design - 8.8
C. Engagement - 7.3
RWT Trading Card Creator: Making the Making of Trading Cards Easy!
Summary : Digitalized Trading Cards at Your Fingertips
RWT Trading Card Creator allows users to make trading cards with the premade templates provided by the website. After loading the website, users must enter their name followed by the “Start” button. Next, they will need to enter in the “Topic” of their card and then choose the type of person, place, concept, event, or other idea that best relates to their topic. For example, Holden Caulfield is a fictional person and Hurricane Andrew is an event. Depending on the type of topic selected, the website will prompt users to enter specific information into the card along with an image representing the topic. Users can click the “right” and “left” arrows in the bottom right to navigate through the different prompts.
After completing all the applicable prompts, users can click the “Finish Editing” button to complete the card. At this point, users will have the option to create a new card for the set, add previously made cards to the set, or finish the set. If users wish to share, they will need to click the “Finish” button and then either print the card, save the final as a PDF, or share the final via email.
Instructional Ideas for RWT Trading Cards Card Creator
- When reading a novel, short story, or other narrative text, teachers can have students create a trading card for each character – main and secondary – in the text. That way, students will be able to record important events in the text that relate to the character.
- Teachers can combine this website with a reference resource. To do so, teachers will have to select a topic they wish students to engage (e.g., history of music, artistic periods, presidents of the United States, etc.) and direct them to the resource. Teachers can then set parameters for the assignment, such as each card must: (1) Include an image, (2) Contain five facts, and (3) Describe a controversial occurrence related to the event. When finished, students can share their cards with their teacher via email, and their teacher can print them out. Students can then swap and trade their cards. As they do, students will have to discuss the relevancy and legacy of the cards by explaining how the topic in the card had an impact on modern society and what may have happened if the topic of the card never happened.
- To offer students a creative option to an assignment, teachers can have them develop a set of cards under the “Create Your Own” category. Students can then make their cards so that they address a topic of interest to them, such as family and friends; sports, hobbies, and clubs; and life goals and professional achievements. When finished, students can share their cards in small groups. This activity is ideal for the beginning of the year so students can share information about themselves while learning the technology.
- The trading cards can be used for creating an annotated bibliography before writing a research paper. To do so, students will have to enter the title for their research as the “Topic” for their cards and then choose the “Abstract Concept” idea. For each source students find, they can then add the applicable information to a card (one source per card). When finished adding sources and cards, students can click print their cards, email themselves and their teacher a copy of their cards, and/or save their cards as PDF. This way, students will be able to use the information recorded on the cards when writing their research paper.
- As an open-ended assignment, teachers can show students an overview of this website and how to create trading cards with it. They can then allow students to experiment with the trading cards before having them create a deck of 2-8 trading cards. (Teachers will need to decide the appropriate amount.) After students have created their cards, teachers can do a think-pair-share. The “think” will be when students created their cards. Students can then “pair” them with a partner or small group. When ready, students can then “share” their favorite card with the whole class. Teachers can repeat this process a few times over the course of a month or semester and track how student creativity and card quality improves with practice!
|A2. 21st Century Skills
|A3. Conn. to Future Learning
|A4. Value of Errors
|A5. Feedback to Teacher
|A6. Level of Material
|A7. Cooperative Learning
|A8. Accom. of Individual Diff.
|B1. Ability to Save Progress
|B2. Platform Integration
|B3. Screen Design
|B4. Ease of Use
|B6. Goal Orientation
|B7. Information Presentation
|B8. Media Integration
|B9. Cultural Sensitivity
|C1. Learner Control
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