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  • Wordle

    1. 1. http://www.wordle.net/create
    2. 2. What is Wordle? Wordle is an web-based tool that creates “word clouds” from text that you provide. The clouds give greater prominence to words that appear more frequently in the source text. 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.
    3. 3. Helpful Hints ... -retype the words you wish emphasized 2 to 3 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
    4. 4. Creating a word cloud ... Write, or paste a paragraph of text in the word box. Then select go and watch your cloud form.
    5. 5. Customizing the cloud ...
    6. 6. Personalizing the cloud ... Choose a color Choose a layout for your scheme for the wordle words Choose what language Choose a word font
    7. 7. 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.
    8. 8. What to watch for ... Wordle will take out unnecessary words, such as connecting words( ex. the, then, after etc.) However, Wordle will not notice subtle differences in the same word, and therefore treat that word as two separate subjects (see below).
    9. 9. Screen shot ... When using the Mac computer, you will then need to take a screen shot of the “word cloud” so that it can be saved as a jpg. This will allow for you to display your wordle in Google Sites, a word document, etc. * Have the wordle open in a window * press shift + command + 4 * your arrow becomes a cross ... drag and select the area to capture image of the screen. Press the space bar. * The image will save to your desktop as ‘picture’
    10. 10. Color ... Create your own color scheme by selecting color, custom color palette, and then edit custom palette from the toolbar. Select desired number of colors, then choose a background color and coordinating word colors.
    11. 11. Layout Options ... Arrange words in alphabetical order Spread words ‘’every which way’’ Create rounder or straighter edges Make words horizontal, vertical, or both
    12. 12. Language ... Remove common words from a number of languages View alphabetical word count of all words in Wordle Make all words upper or lower case
    13. 13. Image Preferences ... To increase the size of a word, enter it more times in your list To keep two words together in your Wordle, link them with a tilde (~); it won’t show in your Wordle To remove an undesired word from your Wordle, right click on it, then delete
    14. 14. Ideas for Wordles ... Famous Speeches Story Elements of a particular novel All About Me Grammar Lesson Reflections Introducing new vocabulary Guess the Book ... have your students create book jackets based on character, plot, and location with in a book Review a historical document ... have students review a document and pull out the words they feel should be emphasized