Wordle is useful for…..• bulletin boards• brainstorming or reflecting• remembering vocabulary• studying for an exam• summarizing a chat or discussion• adding an image to a blog post• sharing thoughts or notes• creating greeting cards• Showing creativity
Creative WritingWrite a poem about a country you visited: Lines 1 and 8: the name of the country Line 2: three physical features Line 3: main city, museum, landmark, famous site Line 4: bordering countries or sea Line 5: climate Line 6: three historical events that shaped the country Line 7: issues of importance; poverty, poor land, war, pollution
South AfricaWarm, vibrant, subtropicalTable mountain, Cape Town, Kruger ParkIndian Ocean ZimbabweMild in the summer and winterBoer War, Nelson Mandela imprisoned, democracyPoverty, rich fertile landSouth Africa
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Creating a Word CloudWrite, or paste a paragraph of text in the word box. Then select go and watch your cloud form.
Saving a Word CloudTo save your Wordle:1. Create your Wordle2. Click the PrtScr button on your keyboard 1. Paste (Ctrl V) into a Word Document 2. Double click the image to crop and resize it 3. Save as .doc file3. Or 1. Paste (Ctrl V) into a Paint or graphic editor 2. Crop and resize the image 3. Save as .jpg image
Randomizing By Selecting ‘Randomize’ you are allowing Wordle to choose the layout, colour, language and font of your word cloud. You may continuously choose ‘randomize’ until you find a style that best suits you.
Word Count Select ‘ language’ on your toolbar, and then scroll down to ‘show word counts’. This screen will then pop up, and allow you to see the number of times a word was used in your cloud.
What to watch for!Wordle will take out unnecessary words, such as connecting words( ex. the, then, after etc.) However, Wordle will ot notice subtledifferences in the same word, and therefore treat that word as two separate subjects (see below).
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Spelling with Wordle• Create and post your weekly spelling list using Wordle.
Give pupils a self-esteem boost & improve relationships• Write each childs name on a separate sheet of paper. Circulate each sheet around the class so each pupil writes at least 1 nice/+ve attribute about every other pupil. They can repeat words others have used. Collect the sheets, type each pupils list of attributes with their name x10 & Wordle the result.
Clarify values• Brainstorm a list of personal values that the class feels are important to live by, or use a checklist
Creating & Changing Respin - randomly change Lock - don’t allow changes Menu - manually change options } To change the way it looks
Creating & Changing To use a shape instead of a “cloud”
Creating & Changing Advanced options, not used often
Advanced Options VocabularyFrequency Modifier - allows you to increase the number of times a word is used withoutretyping the wordNormalize Frequency - Will make a list of unrepeated words look like a normal word cloudSpread - how different do you want the biggest and smallest words to be? (preset at 40)
Printing/Saving/SharingMuch easier than Wordle, although some options are complicated.
ABCYA.com – word clouds,great for the younger students
Scroll down the page – add your text and click on the arrow.