Wednesday’s Web Tool of the Week #3:
- What is Wordle?
- Wordle is a web tool that generates “word clouds” from text that you provide or that you import from somewhere else. The clouds give greater prominence to words that appear more frequently in the text you provide. The bigger the word is, indicates its dominance of usage. You can tweak your clouds with different fonts, layouts, and color schemes. The images you create with Wordle are yours to use however you like. You can print them out, or save them to the Wordle gallery to share online!
- Who Can Use Wordle?
- Anyone (& it’s free)
- You can encourage your students to create word clouds as an assignment in ANY content area. You don’t even have to register for the site. Just click & create!
- Why Use Wordle?
- Here are some ideas:
- Students can use it to monitor the frequency of word usage in their own writings.
a. How often do they use the same adjectives or nouns?
b. Are they overusing words?
- Analyze news articles.
a. What is this article about?
b. What’s the gist that the author is trying to get across?
c. Check out this assignment (be sure to read the comments that readers left too)
- Field trip reviews.
a. Have each student generate a list of what they saw are learned on the field trip. Combine the list, copy and paste into Wordle. Yippee! you have an instant “What’s Important List” from the field trip. (side note: A wiki would be good for creating that list…
- Create a Current Events Analysis.
a. Copy the RSS feed from popular news sights like Google News and use Wordle to give you the hot topics.
b. Copy the text from a news page and use the same way.
- What are your students listening to? Copy and paste the lyrics of popular songs into Wordle and find out.
- What is important on your school campus? Copy and paste your schools mission and vision statements into Wordle and find out.
- Self Reflection. If you were to write a story about yourself, what would your Wordle say?
- Current Study posters. What curriculum topic is important in your class this week? Create a Wordle that visualizes that.
There are as many ways to use Wordle as there are clouds in the sky (pardon the pun). If you were to Wordle this email post what would be the biggest word?
Reply to this post to let everyone know how you used or plan to use Wordle. Blog post replies are a great way to share your ideas with your Personal Learning Network & Professional Learning Community!