Teacher Review for Wordle

Great tool in the classroom from creation to evaluation

Sandy W.
Classroom teacher
Catalyst Charter Middle School
Ripon, United States
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My Subjects English Language Arts, Science, Social Studies
My Rating
Learning Scores
My Students Liked It Yes
My Students Learned Yes
I Would Recommend It Yes
Setup Time 5-15 minutes
Great for Creation
Further application
Small group
Student-driven work
Teacher-led lessons
Whole class
Great with Advanced learners
Low literacy
How I Use It
Wide variety of uses. Obvious ones are to create word art but it can go so much deeper. Create a Wordle of a story and have students analyze what the story if about by only looking at the word usage. This is a fun activity for students to analyze what the theme of the story is by looking at words that are repeated within the text or discover a fairy tale. Worldle is also a great tool for editing student writing. Create a Wordle using the entire written piece of the student and anazlye for"word choice". Overused words jump out a the students. Students can also critically evaluate their word use effectively when they are not reading for content. Visually, it gives the editor an easy way to view just the words without worrying about the style. Wordle can introduce students at the beginning of the year by creating lists of words that describe themselves. What a fun way to showcase students with their photos at an open house. In reading class, this is another interesting way to illustrate characterization visually. Visualization is key in reading and this is a wonderful way to connect words to understanding.
My Take
Wordle is a great tool to use in the classroom for creating innovative designs using words or as a revision piece.Wordle is a flexible tool that can be used in a variety of classroom settings. I have used it for written editing assignments to visualizations in reading. A weakness is that it does not work on some devices. I am not sure what is mssing on these devices but there needs to be an app made for this product.