1. What’s in a Wordle?Wordle is an online tool for creating word clouds from passages of text. The more frequently a word appears in thetext, the larger it shows up in the word cloud. It has so many amazing uses which you will enjoy experimenting with. 2. Example 3. Wordle in the Classroom Wordle looks great and is a lot of fun -- there are so many possibilities for creative classroom use. Because it creates word clouds, it lends itself particularly well to vocabulary and reading lessons.When students create their own Wordles, they practice and learn keyboard commands like copy and paste. Whileobserving students composing a Wordle, teachers can informally assess students basic keyboard skills. 4. Wordle as a book project For book projects, Wordle can be used as an option. In the following example, students create a Wordle to represent character traits, citing specific examples that support the trait. 5. "Create a Wordle of key events that illustrate a trait of a main character. Use color and font to support your expression."
Students had to choose a character trait and give examples of how the characters actions in story events exemplified that trait. Heres a student example from book Maniac Magee by Jerry Spinelli.6) Wordle for editingStudents can input a paragraph and the Wordle can show if they are overusing certain words. Teachers can alsomodel this process of editing, pasting their own blog post link and making a Wordle of it.7) Wordle for compare and contrast experiencesI used a survey for Grandparents Day. My students interviewed their grandparents and put their answers into Wordle.Students felt free to editorialize as you can see in this student example!8. More Useful Links for Using Wordle in theClassroomAs you are starting to get excited about ways to use Wordle, here are a few links that have some great suggestionson how to use it with students in the classroom.
TED Teachers Network Free Tech4Teachers Never Ending Journey Blog by Ron PeckCreate your own wordle at Wordle.net.