Web Generators

An evolving list of web generators which help you to rapidly create a host of audio visual helps and educational tools for free.

Sunday, May 21, 2006

South Park Characters

Here is a nice site for you to create South Park Characters.


Dummies book cover generator

Here's a generator site which you will find quite fun - a Book Cover Generator.
You just have to add some texts, click on the change the cover button, and voila!

Saturday, December 31, 2005

Flash based puzzle generator

Here is a great site for creating on puzzles. I uploaded a biblical scene graphic from Microsoft Clipart and Media Center which you can re-arrange. Try the puzzle!

Make your own puzzle at http://www.flash-gear.com/puzzle/

Tuesday, September 13, 2005

Flash Games Generator

Here is a link where you can create flash games. http://flashgames.umn.edu/.

I first learnt about Dan Lim when I was attending a workshop on Learning Objects at NTU. One of the workshop leaders mentioned to me that there was a guy in the US who did Flash based Bible Learning Objects. Well if you google Dan Lim, you'll find him on the web. This is one of the sites.

You can also go to http://www.tagnet.org/grandforks/flashgames.htm to explore Flash based Bible games. Enjoy!

Sunday, August 07, 2005



Thursday, July 07, 2005

Time Line Generator

Here is a useful tool for creating a time line using a maximum of six items.


Sunday, July 03, 2005

Logos and texts

Here are a couple of sites where you can create Logos, texts and banners

1. http://www.flamingtext.com/ is a really nice site because it allows you create banners and texts in quite a few different styles which you can either insert into a presentation software or in your blog.

Here are a couple of examples which I created in just a few minutes

a. A Banner entitled "Jars of Clay" made using "Dried Mud" text pattern and "Pool Bottom" background pattern

b. A heading done in "Coloured letters" text entitled "COLOURS"

c. A heading done in "Glowing" text entitled "GLOWING"

d. An animated flaming text entitled "HEART on fire"

2. 3D Text Makeris a useful site for creating 3D texts in animated form which you can put either in your blogs or in Powerpoint.

Tuesday, May 10, 2005

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Thursday, April 28, 2005

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Tuesday, April 19, 2005

Just one concern. . .

Just one concern: By introducing more creative strategies to reach out to our youth, are we pandering to our young people's consumeristic tendencies (in this case, consumerism in the context of church (religious consumerism) or are we making them disciples of Jesus Christ?

We really don't want the church in Singapore to be as Wang Qing Song (the Chinese avant garde photographer) suggests the church (and other religious institutions) has become in China?

"The Catcher" (Photograph, Wang Qingsong, 1998)

"The Thinker" (Photograph, Wang Qingsong, 1998)

"Requesting Buddha Series no. 1" (Photograph, Wang Qingsong, 1999)

Or has it already become...???

The true test I think will be: Is Jesus or the religious consumer King???

Sunday, April 17, 2005

Forrest Gump

Forrest Gump ran a long time and then suddenly stopped running. This site is close to reaching that stage (ok, it has not been only a month, but it has been really intense, and I'm tired), but it is able to ilustrate a basic point about blogging. The learning curve is very low and the ROI is high, visible and immediate.

Endings have a way of introducing new beginnings. What I see happening in the near future is i) reworking the presentation of this site, ii) the introduction of new blogs with a different focus.

I envision two types of new blogs which will be developed:

One will be a site which aggregates downloadable open source and/or freeware software which can be fruitfully used in Christian higher education. One example would be concept mapping software http://cmap.ihmc.us/, a tool which helps to make student thinking and learning more visible and collaborative.

The other will be an aggregation of visuals which support learning within the seminary. An example would be http://www.bibleplaces.com/, another might be http://www.pohick.org/sts/index.html, and yet another http://www.atla.com/digitalresources

They of course will be linked to this blog to enrich the resources. I trust the thoughts and resources in this blogsite has made a valuable contribution to your ministry.

Saturday, April 16, 2005

Barcode generator

Need to generate a barcode label? Click on the label!

the barcode printer: free barcode generator
Now what would one need a barcode generator for?

Friday, April 15, 2005

Create a Paper CD case

Use this website to create a PDF file which can be printed and folded to create a paper CD case. The site allows you to type the title you want to give your CD plus the list of items inside the CD (eg your songs list, the items the CD contains, etc)

Text from the site:
"Use this website to create a PDF file which can be printed and folded to create a paper CD case. For folding directions, see the about section. To add more tracks, a mailing address, or graphics to the case, use the advanced form. Mix CD cases created with the advanced form can be optionally added to our public mix CD database. To create a case for an existing CD, use our CD search engine to find the CD and it will fill in this form for you. Jewel case inserts can also be created."


This is great for finding out what your kids or Sunday School kids are listening to, a window into their world. You better believe that whether sublimally or otherwise, affections, values, and worldviews are shaped by music. Understand the power of narrative, metaphor, imagery, and symbol in shaping worldviews!

Thursday, April 14, 2005

Create your own city

Here's a nice site which allows you to create three different types of cities. Great for creating visuals which you can capture in a .jpg file an then dumping into Powerpoint!

You'll have hours of fun creating your own pixelated cities!

Tuesday, April 12, 2005

Free e-Card generator









Monday, April 11, 2005

Generate a Typedrawing image

This is an interesting site which is really quite artistically creative.

What are typedrawings? Basically they are pictures which are composed of words and letters.

Check out the site at: http://www.storyabout.net/typedrawing/typedrawing.php?requestedID=

Sunday, April 10, 2005

What is a "Linkalist"?

I learnt a new word yesterday while reading an article on blogging by Jo Ann Oravec.

Oravec. Jo Ann. 2002. "Bookmarking the world: Weblog applications in education" Journal of Adolescent and Adult Literacy 45, no. 7, 616-621.

The word??? A LINK-ALIST!

You know what a journalist is - one who researches on topics and write about them. Well a link-alist is one who does research on the web, aggregates links, presents them in an interesting way and provides good insights and critiques on these links.

When you do some reflection, this site has some of the features of the work of linkalism. OK, its not properly benchmarked and standards have not been prescribed nor adhered to, but it's a start.

Click here to see how long ago the term has existed and some history to the birth of the term.

Click here to read more about weblogs.

Saturday, April 09, 2005

Course Assessment Generators

getFAST - The Free Assessment Summary Tool

Traditionally, teaching assessments are conducted at the end of a course - a practice precluding students from offering constructive feedback while they are still in the course. However, conducting instructor-designed and administered web-based course assessments opens a proactive dialogue with students about teaching, the course, and the entire learning process.


Thursday, April 07, 2005

Creating a virtual classroom

Need a virtual classroom in which to imbed your link to your quiz site? Many of our young people who have gone through polytechnic or university education have used Blackboard or Web CT, which are commercial web based define:Learning Management System Learning Management Systems. One of thing about these LMSs is that institutions of higher education pay pots of gold to use them and when you leave you cannot take your virtual classroom with you.

With the open source movement, we have Moodle which is a really powerful LMS which can be set up at relatively no cost (that is if you have the technical expertise). Trinity Evangelical Divinity School in Deerfield, IL has used it and I have heard rumors that soon after it was implemented, the demand was overwhelming.

But for entry level users, you can use Nicenet– sometimes called "Blackboard Lite." Nicenet doesn't have all the full features of Blackboard but it is amazing what you can do by playing with links to outside tools (such as your quiz generator, or a discussion board if you find the Nicenet discussion board inadequate).

Nicenet is a password protected site and anyone can set up a class there. So you could be a student in a class and be a teacher in another class at the same time.

Best of all, it's free which means after you graduate, you don't have to leave your virtual classroom in the institution. Well you do, if the class belongs to your teacher. But the point is you can create your own VC!

Wednesday, April 06, 2005

Quiz Generators

OK, now we're getting to some serious classroom type generators. Here are several quiz/test generators for you to use for creating quizes.

QuizStar is a FREE Web-based program! NEW QuizStar is based on teacher comments and suggestions from the past four years. They are committed to developing resources that help educators use the power of the Internet in teaching and learning.

This is an online resource to create and manage online quizzes. Your students, who are organized by your classes, will be able to take quizzes on any computer connected to the Internet.

Allows for feedback for incorrect responses, which is a useful interactive way to learn. Those of you who have taken Dr Rick's class in NT Survey and has taken the quiz in Moody's Blackboard Learning Management System, does it feel similar?


Easy Test Maker is a FREE online test generator to help you create your tests. With Easy Test Maker you can create multiple-choice, fill-in-the-blank, matching, short answer and true and false questions all on the same test. You can also insert instructions and divide your test into multiple sections.


Quiz Center is a powerful tool you can use to create, administer, and grade quizzes online. Without any Web development background whatsoever, you'll be able to make online quizzes that provide instant feedback to you and your students.

Quiz Center is the most flexible and comprehensive quiz-making application on the Web-and it's free! All you have to do is join My Discovery and set up a Custom Classroom.




Monday, April 04, 2005

Crossword puzzle generator

Need a site to create a cross word puzzle? Here is a nice one for you.


If you like the above site, you'll love the next site. Why? It lets you do Word Search puzzles, Word Search with a hidden message puzzles, Criss-cross puzzles, Number blocks, Math Squares, Double Puzzles, Cryptograms, Letter Tiles, Fallen Phrases and Computer generated mazes.


Sunday, April 03, 2005

Rubrics generators

What are rubrics? A good place to find your answer is to read the web article Understanding Rubrics by Heidi Goodrich Andrade.
A rubric is a scoring tool that lists the criteria for a piece of work, or "what counts" (for example, purpose, organization, details, voice, and mechanics are often what count in a piece of writing); it also articulates gradations of quality for each criterion, from excellent to poor. The term defies a dictionary definition, but it seems to have established itself, so I continue to use it.

Otherwise, here are some online articles from Practical Assessment, Research and Evaluation: A peer-reviewed electronic journal which explain and discuss issues surrounding the use of rubrics in education:

Moskal, Barbara M. (2000). Scoring rubrics: what, when and how?. Practical Assessment, Research & Evaluation, 7(3). Retrieved April 8, 2005 from http://PAREonline.net/getvn.asp?v=7&n=3

Mertler, Craig A. (2001). Designing scoring rubrics for your classroom. Practical Assessment, Research & Evaluation, 7(25). Retrieved April 8, 2005 from http://PAREonline.net/getvn.asp?v=7&n=25

Moskal, Barbara M. (2003). Recommendations for developing classroom performance assessments and scoring rubrics. Practical Assessment, Research & Evaluation, 8(14). Retrieved April 8, 2005 from http://PAREonline.net/getvn.asp?v=8&n=14

Tierney, Robin & Marielle Simon (2004). What's still wrong with rubrics: focusing on the consistency of performance criteria across scale levels. Practical Assessment, Research & Evaluation, 9(2). Retrieved April 8, 2005 from http://PAREonline.net/getvn.asp?v=9&n=2

The urls below are links to rubrics generators:





Rubrics for online discussions







Rubrics for web design

Saturday, April 02, 2005

Anagram generator

Here is a site which allows you to generate anagrams. Try your name for a start.

Here's a second site which allows you to generate anagrams. Try your spouse's/sibling's name this time.

Here's a third site for generating anagrams.

Here's a fourth site for generating anagrams.

And here is a site which reverses the process (ie an anagram solver!)

What is an anagram? Get your definition of what an anagram is. Click Here

Friday, April 01, 2005

Newspaper, Brochure, Flyer, Booklet generator

Here's one site that is really useful for creating newspapers, brochures, flyers and booklets.


Thursday, March 31, 2005

3D image (X heads or Digimasks)

What are Digimasks or X heads?

The concept is very simple. Upload a picture of someone (facing forward), click on various parts of the picture, upload a second picture of the same person (side profile), click on various parts of the picture, and then hit the return button to see a finished product comprising of a 3-D image which moves and blinks.

To answer that question, Digimasks and X-heads are basically the same thing with slight differences.

What the Children's BBC had done is to embed Digimask into their website so that you can generate a digimask (or what they call an X-head) on their site.


For those of you who want to create a non-web-based 3D image, download the software and then create the image in your own computer.

Wednesday, March 30, 2005

Oddcast’s VHost SitePal™

This is an unbelievable site! Oddcast’s VHost SitePal™ allows you to create speaking animated characters (avatars) for your web site, and add your own audio message via Text-to-Speech or voice recording. The demo is free, but with it, you can see what can be done with animated avatars (an online characters) which are synch-ed with text to speech generators. Try it out and see how the character tracks with the movement of the cursor, and the many other amazing features possible.

Visit the site at http://www.oddcast.com/sitepal/?affid=285
When you have got to that site, click on the Try Now! button.

If any of you can get your churches to set aside money for this service (or get a church member to sponsor it for you), you can do a lot of nice things with it!

OK, some food for thought: For those who don't know the background to the term "avatar," it is originally a Hindu religious character but is often used to describe an online character or persona in a completely non religious sense.

Actually, this not the first time I have used the term 'avatar' in this blog. I wonder how Christians feel about the use of this term? That in itself is a topic for discussion and thought. It is used pervasively in the online world and is beginning to be used in a very nonreligioius and secular sense in a very different context than its original. I am not the first person to raise awareness of the matter of Christians using the term avatars. Check this out

Tuesday, March 29, 2005

Text to voice generators

Text to voice generators are great for creating audio files by simply typing in the words you want spoken, clicking a button and voila!!

There are a couple of sites you can visit to generate male/female speech in several accents.

Scansoft's rVoice is one site which allows you to speak English, Greek, German and Spanish. For English, you can choose between American, Southern Californian, British, Scottish, Australian and Spanish accents.

The rVoice demo is made available for non-commercial demonstration purposes only. The input text is limited to 255 characters (about 50 words) and the output can take the form of either audio stream or you can download it as a .wav file (and add to a Powerpoint presentation???)


AT & T's Labs-Research site has an interactive multi-lingual demo which allows text to speech generation. I don't think it allows you to say the speech as a audio file though.


A doodle site

Here is a site which you can doodle in. You can even invite friends by IM (but its AOL only) or email to join you co-create your pictures on their computers. I can't think how useful this site is, but if you are a doodler...


Monday, March 28, 2005

Jigsaw Puzzle generators

I love this site!

You can use pictures which are already on this site (from the following categories: Animals, Art & Architecture, Special Times, Landscapes & Cities, People & Lifestyle, Plants & Food, Sports & Recreation, Transport, Travel & Culture, Cyber Art, Miscellaneous, World Flags, Logos); you can also upload your own pictures and then create jigsaw puzzles out of them. Talk about the ability to customize your puzzles!

What is more, you can choose the number of pieces you want your puzzle in and in quite a few different cut shapes. Best of all, you can even email these puzzles to friends.


You need to register but it is free!

Try this one I created

There is another site you may want to explore

Sunday, March 27, 2005

Beat Generator

Beaterator: Make your own beats via this Flash application


Saturday, March 26, 2005

Have a heart

Have you listened to your heart lately?

Friday, March 25, 2005

Tombstone generators???

Sounds weird but that's exactly what it is. 2 websites that allow you to generate personalized tombstones.

I can think of several ways you can use it to generate conversation starters or class discussions. You can even set, as a piece of homework, an assignment which requires your students to generate a tombstone which will describe what they want to be remembered for beyond the grave.

Here's the first
This is an example of what can be done using this tombstone generator
Tombstone with 2 Tim 4:7 text

Here is another tombstone generator site - this time for a pair of tombstones ("His" and "Hers"?)

What difference does Easter make to the hope and purpose we can have in our lives lived on this side of the grave? How would that hope be reflected in the words found on our tombstones?

Thursday, March 24, 2005

Creating Comic Characters

This is a site which you can use to create your avatar (an online character or persona). Of course, you don't have to use the characters online, you can created them for Powerpoint, as I am suggesting below:

This are two fun sites which are helpful for creating comic characters real quick.
Hi everyone!
"Hey where are my glasses???"

With this site you can create a character with multiple facial expressions in a very, very short time! The one's you see are shrunk to thumbnail size, so you can actually use them on Powerpoint for the purpose of story tellling. That, I think is the potential of this site. The same applies to the Mr Men characters below (for the younger kids)

Portrait Illustration Maker

Another one - this time in the style of Picasso!

This picture was created in Mr. PicassoHead –in just four minutes !

O, I couldn't resist putting in this picture. I am creating a series of Picasso style pictures to portray contemporary issues faced in Singapore
Current Issues
This one is about self-mutiliation amongst young people. What is the etiology behind the behavior?

For the romantics amongst us, you can be "Picassonova" and create a Picassonovahead on a heart shaped canvas

And another site

Yet another site - this time making Mr Men

How about creating a hero?

Wednesday, March 23, 2005

Comics Generator

I have seen a lot of Christian educators and seminary teachers use comic strips to illustrate points they are trying to bring across. While this is an important resource to us, I want to encourage you to create comics.

There are a few websites which allow you to do this:


Strip Generator
Garfield Comic Generator

Created in Gnomz Comic Generator

My favourite site is Strip Creator (actually the site has been used to create some very blasphemous comic strips involving Jesus and God, so be warned. Also, if you are working with kids, please speak to their parents first), but it is quite powerful and its free. An example of a strip I created for discussion is posted below:

Here is another site to help you with some principles on creating comics strips


Tuesday, March 22, 2005

Paper Doll Generator

Who are our cultural heroes today? Pop stars? Models? Actors? Actresses? Royalty? World Leaders? Successful CEO?

This site allows the participant to dress up some of the present cultural heroes of our age.

What do our cultural heroes tell us about who we are, how our deepest subconscious values are shaped, and where our hearts are?

Monday, March 21, 2005

Graffiti Creator/Generator

Here is a site which helps you to do graffiti style texts. Real cool, but not always easy to figure out the word(s).


Sunday, March 20, 2005

Historical background to my interest in txt msgN in ministry

There is some history to my interest in the use of txt msgN for ministry. It all started with me pondering who are using the medium and how pervasively it is being used.

I met a Singaporean pastor friend who said to me that he hardly uses emails these days because "everyone uses SMS these days."

On a separate occasion, I asked a 13 year old niece how many SMS messages she uses per month. Her reply was about 900, and that most of her other friends use about 800.

Observation of Singaporean society seems to confirm that these comments are not just isolated pieces of anecdotal evidence. SMS is ubiquitous; the comments and observations suggest that SMS is the preferred communcations platform amongst many in Singapore today.

Anyway, that got me thinking about whether and how SMS has been used in ministry or in the context of education. I did a Internet search which uncovered some really interesting findings.

The one site that really grabbed me was ...



Applications for use of SMS and txt msgN

1. Here is a site which describes uses of SMS in different contexts. You will find the multiple uses really "innovative." Visit the site which is "Textually.org: All about texting, SMS and MMS" at http://www.textually.org/textually/archives/cat_sms_and_students.htm

2. Here is an article which describes how SMS has been used to break student apathy...

3. Here is another site - this time, one which reports a competition held to generate poems written in txt msg form. The article begins:

The message is the medium
Two of Britain's foremost poets, Peter Sansom and UA Fanthorpe, assess the creative output from your mobile phones in a competition that has inspired first-time and seasoned bards alike. Here are the poets' judgments and the winning entries...

First prize winner's entry
txtin iz messin,
mi headn'me englis,
try2rite essays,
they all come out txtis.
gran not plsed w/letters shes getn,
swears i wrote better
b4 comin2uni.
&she's african
Hetty Hughes

Read on at http://www.guardian.co.uk/online/story/0,3605,481985,00.html


Txt Lingo Generators

n d beginN God creatD d heavNz & d erth. nw d erth wz formless & Mt, drknez wz Ovr d surfAc of d dEp, & d Spirit of God wz hovRN Ovr d H2Oz.

What on earth is that stuff above? Well, actually if you haven't noticed it, it's a text written in text messaging (txt msgN) language which the SMS generation is so good at.

OK, here's the clue. Instead of struggling with writing those wretched text messages (OK the comment dates me), wouldn't it be great if you could just type a text into a computer program, press a button and voila, out comes the same message in txt msgN form?

Well, there are several sites which do just that:



Go familiarize yourselves with these sites and make sure you bookmark them in your browser. You notice that the first site actually allows you to do reverse translations too. Just bear in mind that there are different "dialects" of txt msgN lingo.

A snapshot of the transl8it.com site

You may also want to visit a few sites which help you understand text lingo and emoticons.


The big question after you find out that such sites exist relates to applications to ministries in the church and in seminaries. Consider just these two possible applications:

1) You take 8 bible texts and translate them into text messaging form and put them in powerpoint slides. You lead the games session in your church camp and get the different groups to guess the passage.

2) In your Sunday School class, you give a handout containing the txt msg form of several verses and get your students to translate them, and then reflect on the meaning of the passage.


What is your captive audience and sphere of usage? I suspect that because more than just the young people are using SMS, even older members can be competent in using and understanding the "language"

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Saturday, March 19, 2005

Web Generators for a Web generation

The Web offers a host of very powerful affordances to educators. Existing and older education provisions have been defined by the techniques and tools designed to overcome the limitations and exploit the capacities of earlier media. For example, the earliest universities were constructed around medieval libraries that afforded access to rare hand-written books and manuscripts. Early forms of distance education were constructed using text and the delayed forms of asynchronous communications afforded by mail services. Campus-based education systems are constructed around physical buildings that afford meeting and lecture spaces for teachers and groups of students. The Web provides nearly ubiquitous access to quantities of content that are many orders of magnitude larger than those provided in any other medium. (Anderson 2004, 52)

Anderson, Terry. 2004. Toward a theory of online learning. In Theory and practice of online learning , ed. Terry Anderson and Fathi Elloumi:33-60. Canada: Athabasca University

The affordances of the web are growing and enabling those of us living in the age of ubiquitous Internet presence to do a lot more that we previously could.

One affordance which I wish to raise awareness amongst educators in the church/seminary would be the online tools which help create audio visual artifacts and educational tools for which multiple applications in the ministry of teaching and learning can be found. These are by and large available for no costs, and are called "generators" because they generate in a very short time artifacts which can be pressed into the service of the kingdom.

This site will feature a growing number of web generators which I hope will be useful for visitors.