Photos and diagrams are often used in slideshows to communicate a message. There are other useful ways to get your message across. Cartoons are great popular culture, and when used appropriately can send a clear message, although sometimes only to those 'in the know'.
The Phantom is a great image of a mystical, helpful loner. However, without a knowledge of the cartoon, this message would be missed in seeing this image.
These 'tools' appeal to kids of all ages:
The Addletters Bart Simpson Generator
|Image source: www.addletters.com; copyright Fox Network|
There are many of these 'generators' on the web, including at www.txt2pic.com (where I found the 'for dummies' image generator I used below, and a cool sticky note generator) and www.says-it.com. For many, many more, see The Generator Blog
|Image source: www.txt2pic.com; probable copyright Wiley Publishing|
If you would like to be a bit more creative, you can 'write a cartoon', for which there are a number of tools, from doing your own text in the last cell of a Dilbert strip to your own captions for the popular How Projects Really Work strip.
Finally, a tool that can be used for fun while giving insight is the 'wordle'. There are a few sites for generating these, but my favourite is wordle.net.
|The words in my first three posts as a wordle (source: www.wordle.net)|