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 Obama's Acceptance Speech 2012
    Wordle is a place you can go to create a word cloud. You can type anything into their word box. This is a great tool for writing. You can copy a student's document they have typed up and paste it in the word box. When you create the Wordle, the words used the most will show up bigger than all of the others. If you have a student who is using and, um, to, and other little words too often, this picture will show that. Teachers are using this website for spelling practice and vocabulary words. The font, background, and orientation of the words can all be customized to fit the personality of the creator.
Teachers can also view already made Wordles to use as examples or in lessons. 
   Wordle: Purpose of GradingThis is entitled the Purpose of Grading.

Wordle: Chapter 7  This one is entitled Chapter 7 and looks like math vocabulary.


Wordle: Martin  This one is about Martin Luther King Jr.


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Wordle as Wall Decorations -

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Practical Classroom Application

How can Wordle help you create anticipation for reading among your students? No doubt, you already include in your lesson plans relevant material you find on the Internet. Word clouds can give your students an overview of the information you want to present. How, though, do we make it interesting? Here's how: Find two articles you want your students to read. Copy the text from one article and paste it into Wordle. Create a word cloud, fine tune it, and print. Do the same with the second article. As a homework assignment, give one of the original articles and its word cloud to half the class; and give the second original article and its word cloud to the other half. In class, have one half of the class present only the word cloud to the other half. Have the other students try to see if they can figure out, by only using the word cloud, what the corresponding original article is about. Then, have the students switch roles. By presenting each word cloud as a challenge, you create anticipation for reading. All the students will want to know how close they were in guessing correctly the subject of the original article. 
 Borrowed from - http://www.jeraldnichols.com/content/technology-education-how-make-reading-fun-0?goback=%2Egde_2811_member_108088629 

Copied from learnweb2.0 wikispace:
Creates word clouds from inputted text. The size of the words in the word cloud depends on the word's frequency in the input text. The word cloud can be customized using different fonts, layouts, and color schemes.

Wordle of Teach Web 2.0 Homepage
Wordle of Teach Web 2.0 Homepage


Wordle Advanced
Worlde Blog
How to Create a Wordle

SWOT Analysis


  • Free
  • No account needed
  • Easy to use
  • Ability to print Wordle without saving it to the gallery
  • Ability to take out common words (like the, and, or, but)
  • File may be saved as a pdf or svg
  • Words that go together can now be kept together by inserting the tilde character (~). The tilde is converted to a space when the Worlde is created, and the words will appear next to one another (http://blog.wordle.net/2008/06/keep-words-together-with-tilde.html). (inability to keep words together was previously listed as a weakness)
  • Wordles may be embedded into a blog or wiki


  • Unable to edit the format
  • Can only be save as a .jpg or .gif file using print screen and then it must be edited/cropped to contain only the Wordle


  • Use Wordle as a word analyzer
  • Use Wordle for Literacy


  • No moderation in the gallery
  • Searching for a Wordle is not a good idea for students because there are many in the gallery that are inappropriate.
  • Some school systems might block site due to district filters.

Ideas for Use in the Classroom

  • Looking at Poetry through a Wordle
  • Wordle famous speeches to determine themes
  • Have students create a Wordle of themselves as an get to know you activity
  • Create a wordle and have students pick out the word that does not belong
  • Have students define/ explain each word. Similes can be used so students can compare the similarities among the words
  • How many compound words can you make?
  • Give students a specific topic, such as "Wars" and have students use Wordle to write all the wars they can think of. (This would allow students to use their memory, while being more entertaining than merely writing a list.)
  • Establish a literacy center where students use Wordle to list words that have the sound of the week. The students could also type the spelling words of the week, thus allowing students to have another experience with the words without boring them.
  • Students can build upon their vocabulary knowledge throughout the school year by consistently updating the Wordle as they learn new information
  • Students can create an acrostic of famous historical people or events for Social Studies classes. For example: John Adams.
  • Students could use this as part of a "What I Know" brainstoriming activity. The teacher could assign each student or group section of what they are about to study (1960's - policital movements, pop culture, science & technology) and have them come up with as many facts as they can. The group would present it to the class. As each group presents their Wordle, the rest of the class would fill out their "What I Want to Know" sections of their reading organizer writing down any questions they have about the information that is being presented.
  • Teachers could assign topics for review for tests. Each group would have to create a Wordle from an assigned group of topics from the teacher (The Pigman - characters, themes, setting). The group would have to present their Wordle to the class. Each member of the class would have a blank study guide so they could write down important points from the Wordle presentations to use as their review.
  • Create a wordle from the reading assignment to use as a pre-reading activity.
  • Have students create a wordle of material as review and they have to show what is more important by making those words larger. Can show if they understand big ideas and what is most important.
  • Have students create wordle of an interview. They put in key words and make what was most important stand out.
  • Character study through vocabulary lists.
  • Have students type their spelling words and print out a wordle to study from.
  • Using the advanced options, have students make a wordle for a reading story making the title the largest font, characters size based on importance in the book, and setting in the same fashion.

Examples of Uses in the Classroom



Your alternate to Wordle! 

Info is borrowed from learnweb2.0 wikispace:
(1) Resources links and/or class examples
Home - www.tagxedo.com
Gallery - http://www.tagxedo.com/gallery.html
Blog - http://blog.tagxedo.com/
101 ways to use tagxedo - http://blog.tagxedo.com/101-ways-to-use-tagxedo-completed
Daily Events - http://daily.tagxedo.com/
Celebrity Tagxedoes - http://celebrity.tagxedo.com/
Discussion Forum - http://groups.google.com/group/tagxedo

(2) SWOT

(a) Strengths –
· Free
· Easy to use with step-by-step directions available
· Excellent technical support
· Allows author to be very creative
· User can change color scheme, fonts, and other technical functions
· User can upload his or her own pictures to be used for a template
· Can be web 1.0 or web 2.0; it is the user’s discretion
· Other languages are available (with support)
· No email or log in is required
· Can load words from a webpage
· Can embed your creation into another page (i.e., facebook, blog, twitter (with app), etc.)
· Can save your creation as a jpg or png
· There is a whole page on ideas for use (101)
· Can add punctuation and frequency modifiers
· Can color-code similar words with “Déjà Vu” function

(b) Weaknesses
· You cannot regulate what your students see in the gallery
· Some word choices do not fit or fill in the template completely
· If using Web 2.0, user cannot control responses to their contributions/posts
· When loading words, only one website is available at a time, no multiple pages
· Uploaded pictures are sometimes unrecognizable 
(c) Opportunities       
· There is a whole page dedicated for uses of tagxedo (101 page)
· Teachers can create tagxedoes to support particular lessons
· Post student creations in classrooms, websites, or other showcases

(d) Threats
· Words and/or pictures may not be suitable for younger audiences
· Students may post information that makes them identifiable
· Students may create and share inappropriate items

(3) Ideas for the classroom
· Have students do a movie/book review in tagxedo
· Have students comment on current events using tagxedo
· Make gifts for students, friends, relatives, other teachers
· Make tagxedos about celebrities, historical figures, or memorable events
· Have students make a self portrait (self reflection) using tagxedo
· Expand user vocabulary by color-coding similar words
· Contrast terms by comparing tagxedoes created for each term

  • Have students use tagxedo to make classroom mission statements
  • Have students make tagxedos about other students using positive descriptions 

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