How I Use It
I use this product in several ways. First, I use it when introducing a book that we will read in class. I capture key words from the book, character names, etc. and print all in Wordle form. I put the Wordles out on student desks as they arrive and use the Wordles as a discussion starter - students discuss what words they know, which ones are unfamiliar, make predictions and ask questions. I also use Wordle as a tool to help students examine different historical periods. Capturing political speeches such as state of the union addresses, inaugural addresses, newspaper headlines or different genres of literature are all great texts to pull from. Just copy transcript of speech and paste into Wordle.
Wordle's effectiveness as a teaching tool depends upon how teachers integrate it into the lesson plan. It provides a great way to summarize, capture a moment in time and is a powerful pre and reteach tool. Wordle's setup does not allow a save function - the only way to save the work is to upload it to a gallery. I would prefer to have the ability to save the wordle directly as a picture.