This is a simple application I’ve discovered recently, and already it’s being used by a great number of people. Like most of the new technology available to us now it’s also entirely free and easy to access and use. A wordle is a graphic representation of a piece of text; I have even heard it described as “word art”. The one at the bottom of the next column is a snapshot of my blog – the more often a word appears in the blog the bigger and more prominent the word in the picture. You get the idea. You key into a box a piece of text or the URL of your blog or web page and a “word cloud” is generated, which can then be downloaded, printed or shared with others. The colour, font and layout of the wordle can be altered with a click of the mouse!
Thanks to digitalmaverick for the presentation below which illustrates the potential of Wordle.
Immediately I can think of a number of uses for this simple device in the classroom. For example:-
- Summarise a discussion by noting the key words, typing them into Wordle and displaying the result on screen
Create your own poem in Wordle and print out in colour for display in the classroom
Preview the main themes of a short story or novel by copying and pasting an extract into Wordle and discussing the resulting picture
Copy and paste a complex examination piece into Wordle to create an immediate summary of the text before looking at the questions in more detail
I’m sure you can think of more uses of your own. Please share them so that we can build a really useful tool for teachers. Then go create your own at www.wordle.net