I have already written about Wordle, the application that makes beautiful word clouds, and how it can be used in your classroom. At the end of the 2008 school year our Grade 6 students chose 5 words to describe their year, added their name their grade name and put all the words into one class Wordle. It created a snapshot of the year for each grade of Year 6 students.
The same could be done at the beginning of the year by asking for their expectations. Add the students photos around the outside, print it as A3 and it should make a great door poster.
Remember the more often a word is used the larger it appears in the final picture. You can change the way it looks including the alignment, colours and direction of text. Wordle leaves out the words it thinks are unimportant but you can control which words are excluded.
Here are some more ideas on how to use Wordle with your students thanks to Angelia Myers and The Top 20 Uses for Wordle in the Classroom presented by Rodd Lucier. The following are my favourites for a primary classroom
- Combine student ‘Who Are You?’ introductions, or ‘Superhero
Traits‘ to develop a class composite;
- Condense survey data by dumping content of questionnaire responses into the Wordle engine;
- Combine news articles or RSS feeds on a given topic;
- Turn an essay into a poster;
Now try and finish the poem using the words in the Wordle.
Whole Duty of Children by Robert Louis Stevenson
A child should always say ______ ____,
And _____ when he is spoken to,
And behave _______ __ ___ _____:
At _____ as far as he is able.
Just for fun – Guess the following famous Australian songs: