Working with Wordle

9 02 2014

If you haven’t seen or played around with Wordle, you may want to check it out! It is a simple site in which you insert text into a box and  it creates a word cloud.

The clouds give greater prominence to words that appear more frequently in the text.

You can tweak your clouds with different fonts, layouts, and color schemes.

You can print them out, or save them to the Wordle gallery to share with others.

I made a Wordle on the left with Martin Luther King’s I Have a Dream speech. I just copied the text and then played around with some layouts, fonts and colors. You can see the same speech portrayed in two different ways.

I have my students at the beginning of the year make Wordle’s on themselves so we can learn about them. You can have students create Wordle’s on a book review,characters in a book (the more important the characters are, the more frequently they put them into the text (so that they appear larger), review a historical document, or have them write their own speeches on a topic being studied and create a Wordle- the possibilities are endless!**

** Keep in mind that the Worlde gallery is not censored, and there may be inappropriate content found in the galleries. Hope this doesn’t hinder you using this in class!


If we want to teach them, we need to reach them!

23 02 2011

I went to the Ohio Middle Level Conference last week at Kalahari Waterpark. Imagine close to 700 middle school teachers in one place, talking, sharing ideas, listening to speakers (I always hear teachers are the worst audience- at times I believed it!) and learning- quite the experience!!

There was a video clip that was shown during a presentation and it really got me thinking…How are we preparing our students for the information that is the new currency? If we are going to teach them, we have to reach them- how do we do that? Our students are growing up in a very different world than we ever did. Technology, information, on demand everything is at their fingertips whenever they want it. How are we keeping up with this new student? I am still working on that part, but while you are thinking about it- check out this video:

Here is an earlier version of video- still really cool stuff!:

The Power of Three Words

5 10 2010

I had my kids create their own three words the world video a few weeks ago. I put them in groups, had them brainstorm what three words they want to share to the world. Then they had to come up with a creative way to show the world their three words. They loved doing this and ask often if we do something like this again! It honestly took 4 Flip cameras, 1 digital camera, and 40 min. (which includes brainstorming and then filming).

Click on this link to see the compilation of the video my kids did:

Our Three Words Video

— We are the pirate team at school and our team color is blue- hence the Blue Crew and pirate references! 🙂

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