I stumbled upon a simple web tool the other day that, among other things, animates cat GIFs with speech bubbles that say whatever you want. We all know the internet loves its cats! See example to the right.
Upon further exploration of the site, I discovered that they also have a newspaper clipping generator, which allows users to input their own information and the program generates a fairly realistic looking newspaper article which could be used as a part of a larger project or for a stand alone assignment to write a newspaper article on a particular topic.
Teachers could use the tool for special events, student birthdays, classroom blogs, or any other timely topics. And don’t forget that you can use the animated cat (or owl, squirrel, flower, etc) GIF generator to send messages to your students!