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Wordle In The Classroom

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  • 1. Ways To Use Wordle In Your Classroom Jen Wagner June 2009
  • 2. What is Wordle  http://www.wordle.net/
    • a graphic representation of most frequently used words.
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    • in a speech, in a poem, in a book, in your head, 
    • in scripture, in historical document, on a blog,
    • in a wiki, overhead in your classroom,
    • on twitter/plurk, at a presentation or staff meeting,
    • and more!
    • However, it is NOT limited to only frequently used words -- you can create a wordle to be what you wish the wordle to be.
  • 3. Expand Wordle
    • If you use a screen capture tool (such as Jing) and online venues (such as BigHugeLabs or SmugMug) you can create some one-of-a-kind gifts, posters, and more.
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    • http://www.jingproject.com/
    • http://bighugelabs.com/flickr/
    • http://www.smugmug.com/
  • 4. Wordle Hints
    • Retype the words you wish emphasized 2 to 3 more times than the other words to make them stand out
    • Use a ~ between words to group words together such as We~The~People
    • Look through your font choices
    • Under layout – you can determine the maximum word usage. Can make your wordle truly POP!
  • 5. Teacher Appreciation
    • Have students brainstorm thoughts and memories about their teacher.  Print as poster, mousepad, or magnet.
  • 6. Mother's Day/Father's Day
    • After children create wordle, place the image on a mug.  Or use fabric transfer paper and make a tie.
  • 7. Famous Speeches
    • You can find a collection of speeches at http://www.historyplace.com/speeches/previous.htm
  • 8. Class Rules
    • Create your listing of rules or let students create their list.  Print as a poster or desk reminders.
  • 9. Student Names
    • Doublecheck and triplecheck you have EVERYONE before printing.
  • 10. Correct Way To Spell
    • Start a list each month of frequently misspelled words, change your wordle each month & compare.
  • 11. Ways To Say Things Differently
    • This can be done in a variety of ways including using the = sign.  Such as cat=katze or synonyms/antonyms
  • 12. Characters In A Book
    • Using a graphics program (PaintShopPro, PhotoShop, Pixie2, Paint) you can add images to your wordle.
  • 13. Artwork Reflection
    • Overlay students reflections on a piece of artwork -- a famous artist or your own classroom artists.
  • 14. State Reports
    • Create a unique state report, country report, animal report……….any report.
  • 15. Classroom Lesson
    • Turn your spelling book or grammar lessons into a wordle of review.
  • 16. Poetry
    • Have your students find (or create) a picture that shows a poem.  Customize the wordle coloring palette. 
  • 17. Tell Me About……
    • Take a well known item (Olympic rings, maps, household item, etc) and create a wordle inside the object.
  • 18. Guess The Book…
    • Have your students create book jackets based on characters, plots, and locations w/in a book.
  • 19. Review A Historical Document
    • Have students review a document & pull out the words they feel should be emphasized!
  • 20. Create a Memory
    • This idea was use in Texas on June 12, 2009. It could also be used for class subjects or field trip memories.
  • 21. Information Review
    • Clipart courtesy FCIT:  http://etc.usf.edu/clipart/ 
  • 22. Special Effects Information
    • Many people have asked how I created the special effects (such as overlays of artwork)
    • I enjoy the software Paint Shop Pro … and within paint shop pro (or any graphics program) – you can create layers in which to manipulate your artwork.
    • The image I used would become the bottom layer and the wordle (which I used a screen capture) would become my second layer.
    • I also used opacity (to subdue some of the backgrounds) and also used EFFECTS to create bevels and shadows.
  • 23. Other Ways To Use Wordle
      • Rodd Lucier has 20 ways on his blog at http://thecleversheep.blogspot.com/2008/10/top-20-uses-for-wordle.html
      •   Murcha has a slideshare of ideas at http://www.slideshare.net/murcha/using-wordle-in-the-classroom-presentation
      •   Samantha Lunn has 23 ideas at http://languagesresources.wordpress.com/2009/05/07/23-ways-to-use-wordle-in-the-mfl-classroom/ 
      • Terry Freedman has 5 ideas at http://www.techlearning.com/article/Blogs/20322 
      • Tom Barrett has a growing list at http://www.ideastoinspire.co.uk/wordle.htm 
      • Chris Thomas has an excellent tutorial at http://www.iprimary.co.uk/tutorial.php?tutorialID=002
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  • 24. Feel Free To Contact Me
    • Licensed under Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-Share Alike 3.0 United States License

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