Ideas for Using AASL Best Websites: Recite

Recite (, formerly ReciteThis, is a free and simple to use graphical interface that turns quotes into poster quality images in a just a few seconds. The website contains over 50 templates, and offers a variety of fonts and styles to pair with your text. When Daniel Eckler, founder of Piccsy, an image sharing site, noticed a trend on the Internet toward “visual quotes,” he and his team created Recite to fill that void.

Using Recite is easy. First, choose a quote. You can use your own or one selected from the 20 categories listed on the right side of the webpage. Type your quote in the text box, scroll through the template more than 35 templates to preview how your quote will look, pick the one you want and “create.” At this point you have several different options. You can download the image, email the permalink or post to Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Tumblr and StumbleUpon

Selected as a 2104 Best Website for Teaching and Learning by the American Association of School Librarians, this site is completely free and requires no registration or log-in. The Best Website Committee selected Recite because it meets the following criteria in the Digital Storytelling category:

Standards for the 21st-Century Learner

  • 4.1.8 Use creative and artistic formats to express personal learning.
  • 4.3.1 Participate in the social exchange of ideas, both electronically and in person.

Here is the blurb and tip posted on the Best Websites for Teaching and Learning 2014 Website:

“Recite is where you can go to “Turn a Quote into a Masterpiece.” Pick a quote from literature, a movie, a mentor, teacher, or create of your own, choose a template, and voila, you have created a gorgeous quote with Recite. A wonderful resource for bulletin boards, classroom walls, door decorating contests, Power Point and other online based presentation tools. Grades K-12.

Tip: Before exams, or end of grade tests, have students create a stress wall, or a lift up your peer wall, have each student create quotes and post them through Recite to share with their peers as the year comes to a close.”

To learn more about Recite,  take a look at Committee Chair Heather Moorefield-Lang’s YouTube video on the former title version Recite This.

Submitted by Susan Hess

AASL Best Websites for Teaching and Learning Committee Member





Author: Heather Moorefield-Lang

Heather Moorefield-Lang is an associate professor at The University of South Carolina in the School of Library and Information Science. To see more of Heather’s work visit her website at, email her at, or follow her on Twitter @actinginthelib.

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3 replies

  1. Your link to should be I was interested after reading yoru story and found this error or their change in the recite domain.

  2. And then I made a typo in spelling. Lol!

  3. You are completely correct Lory and Susan and I just had a lengthy discussion about that very thing. It has been fixed. Thanks so much!

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