Wordle

Overview

Wordl Image“Wordle is a toy for generating "word clouds" from text that you provide. The clouds give greater prominence to words that appear more frequently in the source text. You can tweak your clouds with different fonts, layouts, and color schemes. The images you create with Wordle are yours to use however you like. You can print them out, or save them to the Wordle gallery to share with your friends.”

The site claims:

The Wordle front page will never feature images or links that are inappropriate for classroom use.

If users peruse the gallery, they could view inappropriate content. Wordl is not moderated or filtered as many thousand are created each week. See http://www.wordle.net/faq#content for more details.

Instructional Uses

  • Capture brainstorming.
  • Have students use to analyze their writing.
  • Students use to create visual representation or analysis of phrase, written work, or website (blog).

Tips

  • To enter a phrase in the standard create, use a “~” in between words.
  • Use the “Advanced” mode to weight words (enter once) or to use phrases - you do need to weight each entry though.
  • You'll need to “print” the Wordl to a PDF, then snapshot the image and bring into PowerPoint. You can then save the image to a graphic file (such a .jpg). See PDF Snapshot for more information.
  • If you use SmartNotebook, try printing to Smart Print Capture to save directly to a notebook page.
  • Tagxedo - Create word clouds with shape and many more options. Easily download image and save.
  • Tagul - Create linkable word clouds. No gallery, may be safer to turn kids loose on. Does require a sign-up though.
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