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Tech It Up Tuesday: WhatTheFont!


Tech It Up TuesdayTime for the next tech-isode in the “Tech It Up Tuesday” series in which I will share an edtech tool, app, site or other resource that can be utilized in the educational setting. This week’s edu-goodness begins with a question:

Ever seen a cool font in a magazine ad, poster or on the web and wondered what font it is? Well, now you don’t have to ponder all that any longer because there’s a web tool that can identify mystery fonts. What the what?

Well, almost. It’s actually called WhatTheFont, a really swell site that assists users with discovering the names of unknown typefaces. So, the next time you catch a glimpse of some must-have text, then simply snag a screenshot of it, upload it to the WhatTheFont interface and wait for the result. Yep, it’s that simple—and that nifty.

Oh, and as you may have guessed—there’s also an iOS app for that. Once installed on your device, all you have to do the next time you want to know the name of a font is whip out your iPhone, snap a photo of it and you can get your font fix right there on the spot. Another cool feature of the WhatTheFont app is that it can also identify images saved from apps such as Safari and email.

After you have pinpointed the name of the anonymous font, all you have to do is locate it on the Internet, download the file and have at it. Your print and digital projects will never be the same again!

Classroom Connection: 

OK, so I realize that WhatTheFont isn’t the most educational web tool or app on the market, but I give it a two thumbs up because most teachers I know (including myself) are font fanatics, so this is definitely a must-have for the toolbox. Students can learn how to use the resource as well.

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Looking for some technology integration ideas to enhance your classroom lessons? Then be sure to check out my "Tech Tips" for the latest and greatest Web 2.0 tools, applications and web sites that can be incorporated into activities and/or projects. Although some posts may not be applicable to your content area or grade level, be sure to check back often as I will be varying ideas in order to provide resources across the K-12 curriculum.

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