Teacher Review for Wordle

Pictures Paint a Thousand Words... So Does Wordle

Michael G.
School district administrator
Homestead High School (Fort Wayne, IN)
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My Subjects English Language Arts, Math, 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
Teacher-led lessons
Whole class
Great with Advanced learners
Low literacy
Special needs
How I Use It
I have used Wordle in many different ways in the classroom. It can be used to be a discussion starter such as a Worldle (Word Cloud) of a Wikipedia Article, a 2 week diet journal, a poem, the constitution, or a famous speech. It is important to note that Wordle does not have a save picture function, so it maybe important to use the screen capture abilities of the computer. I have found it useful to insert these screen captures into a programs such as Word... and then crop. It is fun to let one's imagination run wild as thinking of both lesson and student production capabilities.
My Take
Wordle is an amazing application that allows students to create word clouds (word pictures) using a simple interface. I like the ease of use for both students and educators. While the site does not give a lot of ideas of how to use in the classroom... teachers and students can come up with hundreds of possibilities. The ability to see words that are enhanced do to frequency of use in a writing, can be used to spark some interesting discussions, reflections, and journaling. It is important to inform students that this is a public site and while no sign up is needed... it is important to be sure to not enter any private and personal information. Also... it may be best to enter the site on the Wordle input page and not the Gallery. Overall, a great way to allow for students to view words in a totally different way.