A fourth and fifth grade teacher both approached me about working with poetry in a digital way. By this time, both of their classes had used slides and docs quite a bit. We worked on using Google Drawings as a way to add mood and feeling to their published pieces.
Google Drawings has some unique features that allows for the easy combination of interesting fonts, images, and colors. The recolor tool was really useful in that it allowed students to think about how color can impact the way people feel when they read your poem. Publishing poems this way added a unique layer that allowed students to really let their creativity shine. It was fun to watch students discover how language and visual aesthetic can come together to create something different than either on their own.
I'm excited to see and share some student examples of publishing poetry this way. Some students event talked about creating a collage with all of the final poetry images.
Instructional Technology Coach