Thursday, August 25, 2011


Today the schools in my area began the 2011-12 academic year.  As the young minds spilled into new classes I'm quite sure more than a couple were greeted with a Wordle.  What's that, you don't know about Wordle?  Well, allow me to tell you about today's 21st Century teaching tool that is bound to become a permanent fixture in your curriculum. 

Wordles are word clouds. These clouds can be used in many ways including:
  • Introductions about yourself
  • Test reviews.  Wordle allows you to copy an entire essay and it will highlight the words that appear most frequently.
  • Web site overviews: Copy and paste and entire website and Wordle will create a cloud.
My manicurist even has Wordles in her salon detailing the services she offers.  The possibilities are truly endless.  Here is a Wordle from my healthy living blog.
Once your Wordle is created you may select from different styles, colors and orientation.  Your students will think you're cool but you'll know that you're teaching (you sneaky living devil).

If you think Wordle is cool wait until you read Friday's post.

READER RESPONSE: How have you used Wordle in the classroom?  Please paste the link to your word cloud in the comments section.

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