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  • Introduction to Wordle At the end of June 2008, Jonathan Feinberg, a senior software engineer at IBM, launched Wordle, a website that he describes as “a toy for generating ‘word clouds’ from the text your provide”. Wordle ( http://wordle.net ) is ingeniously simple to use.
  • Menu Slide Slide 1: Introduction to Wordle Slide2: Menu Slide Slide 3,4,&5: 1st Article, Technology Toolkit Slide 6,7,&8: 2nd Article, It’s a Mad, Mad Wordle: For a new take on text, try this fun word cloud generator Slide 9,10,&11: 3rd Article, Words in a Cloud Slide 12: Conclusion Slide
  • Technology Toolkit
    • Sandy Hayes states that “Wordle can be addicting. In the first 5 weeks, 100,000 Wordles were posted in the sites gallery, with unpublished Wordles totaling many times that figure.”
    • Here are some of the Reading Skills Hayes suggests when using this tool.
    • Predicting: “Paste in a unit or chapter introduction or a prolog. Have students predict the main idea, the conflict, or the theme of the longer work.”
    • Summarizing: “Paste an entire chapter or article into Wordle. Students can write summaries, discuss the concepts, or work as jigsaw groups, each using a Wordle of one section of the chapter”
    • Comparing: “Students can compare documents, editorials, blogs, or speeches on the same topic. Or they could compare front page stories of online newspapers. Then create a separate Wordle for each work to analyze differences in emphasis.”
  • Technology Toolkit
    • Sandy Hayes states that “Wordle can be addicting. In the first 5 weeks, 100,000 Wordles were posted in the sites gallery, with unpublished Wordles totaling many times that figure.”
    • Here are some of the Writing Skills Hayes suggests when using this tool.
    • Prewriting: “Students can create a topic graphic for their writing folders using sentences about their interests, experiences, and goals. Or students could use the graphic to pick several words at random to weave into a piece.
    • Revising: “Have students paste the entire piece of their writing into Wordle. Do the largest words match what they thought the paper was about? Do the smaller words show vivid and appropriate word choice?”
    • Visual Poetry: You can take two different poems and add them together and a new poem can emerge from the two original ones. It is a way to make the words come to life and she even suggests that “you can tweak the font and background colors, you could make a striking classroom poster”. It is one way to make the words you see more visually inviting
  • Technology Toolkit Reflection of the Article by Sandy Hayes
    • This article was a really fun one to read, I got a lot out of it and here are some of the reasons why:
    • 3 A-ha Moments:
    • I liked how the article really told how Wordle is beneficial in more ways then just the visual aspect of the program.
    • It gave some powerful applications to literacy skills! This article really gave me a new perspective into the benefits of wordle and I really enjoyed learning them!
    • I liked how this article gave some Side Tips for using Wordle, all of these tips are beneficial to me as a future educator so I know what to watch out for when I tell my students to use this application tool!
    • Interesting quote: “As with many other digital tools, calling it a “toy” camouflages its power”. I really agree!!!! Although it is as fun as a toy, it is very powerful!
  • It’s a Mad, Mad Wordle: For a new take on text, try this fun word cloud generator
    • Carolyn Foote states: “Its simple, really. Just feed text of your choosing into the free online application Wordle, and with one keystroke you’ll have a graphic representation of your content, sized according to frequency of use”.
    • These are some of the ways Foote suggests using Wordle:
    • Signage and publicity: She used Wordle “to create a novel signage for the library door, incorporating terms that represented the values of the library”. Or “Embedding these graphics into your Web page can really broadcast your message”.
    • Research Assignments: “Wordle can even help with the tough stuff: Research. Using Wordle, students can brainstorm research ideas as a class, entering terms into a word cloud to discover common threads, which they can then pursue in their individual work”.
  • It’s a Mad, Mad Wordle: For a new take on text, try this fun word cloud generator Carolyn Foote states: “Its simple, really. Just feed text of your choosing into the free online application Wordle, and with one keystroke you’ll have a graphic representation of your content, sized according to frequency of use”. These are some of the ways Foote suggests using Wordle: 2) Research Assignments Cont: “Wordle can also assist in gathering information. Students who’ve conducted interviews for a paper or other project, lets say, can enter the notes from their conversation into Wordle and see what ideas float to the top as significant. This word cloud based on their interviews with bloggers is a good example”. 3) Literary Analysis: “For comparative literary study, try pasting text from two young adult novels into the Wordle and have students examine the style and diction in each resulting word cloud”.
  • It’s a Mad, Mad Wordle: For a new take on text, try this fun word cloud generator
    • My Personal Reflection to It’s a Mad, Mad Wordle
    • -This article I liked but wasn’t overly impressed by. I liked how it also gave different ideas and ways to use Wordle. As an upcoming educator finding useful ways using technology in the class room is something I can keep in my “bag of tricks” for when I have my own students!
    • 3 Aha Moments would be:
    • Using Wordle for research assignments. I never thought of using Wordle as a brainstorming tool. I only thought of it as a visual tool for the work you already had done
    • Using Wordle as a publicity tool, what a great idea! Again another way to use Wordle is always a help to me, I really enjoyed learning about this one!
    • In the article it talked about a teacher named Diane Laufenberg, and how she asked her students to come up with 10 adjectives to describe American. She said it then fane her a window into where the students were in their beliefs, experiences, and viewpoints. What I thought after I read that was, you could also use it so the kids could be 100% honest about a topic and keep the answers anonymous, then use wordle to see what they came up with! Or you could also use it for a a teacher evaluation, so many different ways to use this tool!
    • Interesting quote, “It’s the “a picture is worth a thousand words”, only turned on its head-with the terms forming the visual statement”
  • Words in a Cloud Morra states “ Some web 2.0 tools do one thing but do it well. Wordle is one of them. This free web based tool creates word clouds from texts. These word clouds or visual representations of text give prominence to words that appear more frequently in the text. The larger words can help the viewer quickly and easily identify the main ideas in the text”. No matter what level your technology use you have, you can do Wordle Morra states “ It never ceases to amaze me how Wordle just clicks with so many teachers”.
  • Words in a Cloud Morra also goes into saying that “Wordle is much more than just a way to create pretty pictures with words. It is a great visualization tool that can become a catalyst for discussion and insight.” “ It is about understanding and discovery patterns in text and generating conversations among students and teachers”.
  • Words in a Cloud
    • My Personal Reflection to the article
    • 3 A-ha Moments:
    • Even if you don’t have a strong technology background, you can use Wordle
    • Wordle can be used to see how many times a student uses a specific word, they can use this tool so they wont be so relative in their writings
    • Wordle can be used as an alternative to drawling a picture, now Wordle can be your visual aid, especially for those who cant draw very well!
    • Interesting quote: “ It is about understanding and discovering patterns in texts and generating conversations among students and teachers”.
  • Conclusion Slide After reading these articles on Wordle, I learned new ways to use this application tool. I saw a pattern through the 3 articles I read and that was how Wordle can be used as more of a resource tool, than just a fun way to make your words visual. As an upcoming educator for all the technologies in the classroom, I can use Wordle to add to my “bag of tricks”. Resources: Database: ERIC Title:Wordle Author: Hayes, Sandy Database:ERIC Title: It’s a Mad, Mad Wordle: For a New Take on Text, Try This Fun Word Cloud Generator Author: Foote, Carolyn Database: EBSCOhost Title: Words in A Cloud Author: Morra, Samantha