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You might be wondering- what exactly is a widget? A web widget (there are desktop widgets) is a few lines of code that can be installed and executed within a web page, blog, or wiki. Its a mini-application within your webpage. Widgets can do anything from giving you an up to date local weather forecast to playing videos from YouTube. Anybody can use a widget- in fact, the kids in our classroom have been using them for awhile now! I have compiled a list of what widgets your kid gets in our classroom!

Here are some recommended sites to add "fun stuff" to your wiki page.

Widgets and Interactive Stuff

http://www.poodwaddle.com/free.htm
Includes clocks, calculators, calendars and other widgets.

http://www.clocklink.com
Many cool interesting clocks

http://widgets.bestmoodle.net/scripts/onthisday.htm
This automatically updates with information on what happened on the current date.

Includes the bumper sticker widget below along with MANY other great choices.
http://widgets.bestmoodle.net

http://www.widgetbox.com
Choose from a gallery of widgets, or for the TRULY clever, create your own!

http://www.voki.com/
This clever site creates a talking character. You can design yourself or just about any other type of character that you can imagine. You can also phone in and record your voice to make the voki talk!!

Free Clipart and Animations

http://classroomclipart.com/
Nice, appropriate clipart images

http://www.teacherfiles.com/free_word_art.htm
Create your own heading like the one at the top of this page!

http://www.imagechef.com/ic/banner/
Create an ANIMATED title for your wikispace

http://school.discoveryeducation.com/clipart/
Great clipart - some animations

http://www.school-clip-art.com/border_clipart.shtml
More school related clipart

http://www.imagechef.com
Customize images like this one and embed the html code!!
ImageChef.com - Custom comment codes for MySpace, Hi5, Friendster and more


http://www.imagechef.com/ic/word_mosaic/
Make a word mosaic
ImageChef Word Mosaic - ImageChef.com


Backgrounds
This is not easy to do!! See http://www.gettingtrickywithwikis.wikispaces.com for details.

http://www.backgroundcity.com
http://www.grsites.com/archive/textures/
Fonts and Headings


http://cooltext.com/
Generate and create neat text effects that can be saved to your computer and placed on your wikispace as an image. REALLY NEAT!!

http://www.glitterfy.com/
Generate and create text that sparkles!



Cartoons
Create a cartoon: http://www.toondoo.com
Create a character: http://www.toondoo.com/Traitr.do
Create a Voki:
http://www.voki.com
Create a cartoon avatar: http://www.doppelme.com/
Create another cartoon avatar: http://illustmaker.abi-station.com/index_en.shtml