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I love Wordle!  I think it's an amazingly easy yet instructive techy tool students love!  I have found so many uses for it.

 

If you've never tried it out, you should do so!  It can be found at www.wordle.net  Basically, you input words and it creates fun graphics with them.  The more times you enter the word, the larger it will make that word.  Once you create, then you can play with the color schemes, layout, and fonts.  Best of all, it allows you to print your creations! 

 

I use it from everything to inspiring students to write outlines (they decide what weight to give each word and input them into the program) to teaching grammar (use only adjectives to describe one noun) to vocabulary (define their vocabulary lesson).  To keep words together, you must put this between them:~ So, to keep Abraham Lincoln together, it would have to be input:  Abraham~Lincoln.

 

I would love to hear if anyone else has found creative uses for Wordle in their classrooms! 

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Thank you! It has some great ideas.
My students just used Wordle to create nametags to put on their monitors. We use the print screen function to copy the Wordle, then paste it into a publisher document, crop it, fold it and you have a nametag! Here's what the publisher document looks like. I use heavy weight paper so it is more sturdy.

Great idea! Thank you for sharing. I love the print screen feature as well!
My class have just used it to come up with a class list of what attributes we think leaders must have; we are now going to discuss our list with what other classes have come up with. Thank you for the ~ hint. I was wondering how to do that :)
Creative idea! I love how Wordle can be used for so many cleverly planned concepts. Glad to have helped!
Great ideas, I didn't know about the ~ trick - thanks! All I've used it for in the library so far is to make bookmarks.
I've seen and/or used wordle for numerous different ways:

1. Have an elementary student put a sentence into wordle to illustrate overuse of a certain word (such as 'and')

2. Plop an important speech into wordle to highlight themes

3. Reverse wordle: the teacher creates one and students have to guess or infer the topic based on the clues given -- great for character identification in a novel study

There are tons of cool sites that provide slight modifications on the traditional Wordle. I featured one here: http://bit.ly/doKuT2

Hope this helps!
I haven't used wordles for classroom purposes, but certainly for promoting teaching events, as an introductory slide in a presentation and the like. What wordle doesn't do is allow for symbols - a fact that has just handicapped me from creating one for an interprofessional education video that colleagues and I are creating (and we wanted musical notes to appear in the image, but wordle won't take them). What I am going to use instead is one of the applications, likely a mosaic, from Big Huge Labs (http://bighugelabs.com/) one of fd's Flickr Toys. I can also envision student teams (in an interprofessional communications course) using Big Huge Lab applications to visually demonstrate a concept or perhaps even a case study.
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