May 7, 2016
Trading Card Creator is an excellent tool from ReadWriteThink that enables learners to display their understanding of different topics in creative and engaging ways. Students can create trading cards for a variety of educational purposes including ‘characters from their favorite book, landmarks in their favorite city, events from a period in history they find interesting, or vocabulary words .’ There are seven main categories students can use for creating cards namely: fictional person, real person, fictional place, real place, object, event and vocabulary word. Each category embeds a set of instructions to walk students through the process of trading card creation. Other important features provided by this tool include:
- Multi-user card storage
- Management of users by deleting and restoring within 2 weeks
- 7 card categories, each with a targeted set of guiding questions that cover key information
- Ability to add and edit an image from your device’s camera or photo library
- 12 card designs for styling cards
- Helpful how-to information on each screen
- Ability to create collections of completed cards
- Auto-saving of cards as they are created
- Viewing of finished card for proofreading
- Ability to save card to photos
- Ability to print card on a wireless printer
- Ability to send card by e-mail
Creating trading cards on Trading Card Creator is simple and easy. Here is how to do it: open the the editor and type in you name and click ’Start’. Next, enter a topic and select a type for new card. In the next page, provide data and information for your new card, use the forward/backword arrows to go through the pages. If you want to add an image to your card, click on ‘Insert an image’. At anytime, you can edit your topic or start over from scratch. When you finish editing your card click on ‘Finish editing’. The new card will be added to your card collection which can embed up to eight cards. There is also the option to add cards you have already created and saved in your computer or on a storage device. To do so, click on ‘Add cards from file’. When you are done, click on ‘Finish’ and choose from the sharing options there: print your card, share it via email, save it as a draft so you can come back and edit it or ‘save final’ in which case you will only be able to view and access it but not editing possibilities.
Trading Card is also available for iPad and Android users.