How do you use Wordle in the classroom or in you professional development trainings? If you have great ideas, post them here and join us for a ST Live Webinar featuring Wordle on Monday, March 22, 2010 at 5:00 PDT to collaborate and share with other STs. http://engageteachers.connectpro.acrobat.com/intelteachlive .
Hi Vanessa- just returning home from the WI technology conference and we had many wonderful spotlight speakers. Jen Wagner, known as Jenuine Tech was one of them and she presented whole session on Wordle. Here are the conference lnks and Jen's links to share with our Intel Community:
I presented on four topics this year, and I used Worlde as a pre-assment for my 2 1/2 Web 2.0 workshop session- this is how I used it:
1. Attendees introduced them selves to me and others through a back channel chat through Chatzy and made immediate connections with others in the classroom, but also provided me back ground knowledge of who they are, where they are from and their baseline knowledge of working with web 2.0 literacy tools in their school districts.
2. They copied their written statement from within chatzy chat and pasted the words into a Wordle and created a a visual Wordle. This produced a visual display and big picture of who they are and what they know about Wordle.
3.Then we used Jing to capture their Wordle and saved the image to their desktop for later use.
4. Throughout the workshop attendees continued to reflect through the back channel chat to make immediate and meaningful content connections with everyone in the clasroom.
5. At the end of my workshop, attendees went back in and added a final reflection with stating who they were, where they were from and and shared their new knowledge of web 2.0 literacy tools and skills sets. They then copied their written reflection from the caht, pasted into the Wordle text box and created a new Wordle as a post assessment, and now used Jing once again to capture their Wordle as an imagel and saved it to the desktop.
6. As a concluding activity teachers opened up a Word document and inserted their pre and post Wordle images into the Word document, and then compared and contrasted the image reflections. Teachers were in absoultely awe how this simple activity provided an instant snapshot of their individual learning experiences and processes, and how it actually documented their professional development growth during the course of our workshop together.
It was a huge success and every teacher left with a new digital toolbox full of instant resources to engage their students for a "Monday Morning Impact."
I love Guess the Wordle. I have it linked on the student wiki I set up for our students. They often bring up the wordle of the week and discuss it as a group. I love the way you used it at the beginning of your workshop. I'd love to borrow that idea for use in a future Web 2.0 workshop. I've had a few teachers to use it with students for their writing. It shows when students use certain words too often and it's good in identifying main idea of a selection. It's a great tool!
I recently read this article and found it very interesting. It was posted by a teacher who described herself as a technophobe who mainly taught with powerpoint.
Through suggestions by her PLN, she has branched out and has been doing interesting things with technology including using Wordle. Listed in the article are some fun ideas.
Someone posted these in another section. (Thanks)
Alternates to making word clouds include..
Photo Widget Cloud Maker: http://www.roytanck.com/2009/04/09/introducing-photo-widget-floating-thumbnails-for-your-website
Tag Crowd: http://tagcrowd.com/
To Cloud: http://www.tocloud.com/
Twitter Sheep: http://twittersheep.com/
Visual Thesaurus Vocab Grabber: http://www.visualthesaurus.com/vocabgrabber/
Word Hearts: http://www.neoformix.com/Projects/WordHearts/index.html
Word It Out: http://worditout.com/
Word Sift: http://wordsift.com/
Here is another example using http://imagechef.com It could be used to create word mosaics. If you are studying butterflies, you could create one using vocabulary, student names, objectives, tasks etc.
This is an interesting idea- I did not think of adding shapes. I pulled out the Wordle that my daughter's class did last year on 5th grade - and I still love it. I included all of the students' names, the teacher's name, the name of the school and then I had each student write three words that described 5th grade - they loved it and it was amazing to see what was important or stood out to so many. Looking forward to learning more in the webinar.
Thank you for attending the Intel Teach Live Webinar featuring Wordle. For those of you that did not have the opportunity to attend, below are resources used for the webinar.
|More than Wordles Slideshare - Jennifer Wagner|
|Jenuine Tech - Jennifer Wagner's Website|
|7 Top Ideas for Wordle|
|Top 20 Uses for Wordle|
|Wordle Ideas for the K-6 Classroom|
|Enhanced Wordles - Using Photo Editors to Customize a Wordle|
|Memoir Gallery from NPR|
|45 Interesting Ways to Use Wordle|
|Etherpad used in our webinar|
I use Wordle alot and could not resist sharing this example of my grandson. See attached file. I used Picasa 3's collage feature to put the photo and wordle together.
Here Ye, Here Ye! We have found yet another world cloud tool that mimics Wordle and takes it ONE STEP FURTHER - you can now edit text and save as images with www.tagxedo.com
I was impressed with the number of fonts and layout options in Tagxedo. Like you, I also liked the nearly 3-D look. I hope to use these word clouds for my class website.
As a side note ... I was in a training today where we were asked to review our current classroom rules. (I only have three.) They asked that we post these in the classroom. So ........................ I had to play around. I recreated my rules using Tagxedo . I'll be printing and posting this in my room shortly. What do you think?
I learned about Wordle today in the Essentials training and I cant wait to use it. My initial thought is to use it as students review for upcoming end of year tests. This is a quick way that students can tell their teacher everything that they know about a certain topic. For example, students can tell everything that they associate with 'ecosystems' and then switch with a partner to see if they agree. Students can be challenged to define key terms and build upon their Wordle image.
I'm excited to share your idea of using Wordle as a method of reviewing in preparation for State testing. I like how you've combined individual and cooperative work. I believe Wordle may be an excellent tool to motivate students to review and study in preparation for these high-stakes tests. Thanks for sharing a great idea.
Vanessa, there are a few teachers that I am aware of that actually use Wordle in the same way that they would use the writing Reviser that SAS Curriculum Pathways has on their site-to analyze a document for content. Another way that I have seen it used was when I was working with Dan Morris doing a Faculty Review at Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff, AZ. One of the professors dumped her syllabus into wordle and then pasted that jpeg into the handout for her students.
I think you hit a home run with the idea of starting a Web 2.0 workshop with Wordle. The simplistic nature of this powerful program should easily remove fears often faced by less experienced people. I think Wordle also provides a great visual representation when it is finished. Thanks for sharing the idea of using it to begin such a workshop. (I've often used it in workshops ... but not as a starter.)
Do you practice what you preach or teach? Here are two ways that I have used Wordle lately to do self-assessments...
1. Vision Plans or Mission Statements- I serve on a local school board and a few years back they developed these for each building. Recently I encouraged administrators and teachers during a committee meeting, to revisit these documents now that we have Wordle. Paste the text or upload the document to find out which words are mostly seen in the document. Do the most common words located by Wordle really represent what the plans are for that building? Does something need to be changed?
2. Organization WebPages- I maintain some organizational webresources and I used Wordle to "check" to make sure that my ideas about innovations were depicted in the frequency of words picked up from Wordle. I was worried, but I passed!
I like Wordle, but I commonly use TagCrowd.
First let me congratulate you on an excellent use of Word Clouds with Vision Plans and Mission Statements! What an excellent way to encourage individuals and groups to consider word usage based on frequency. I plan on sharing this idea with my principal as we prepare to update our school's Mission Statement.
Second, I like how you use the Word Cloud idea to validate the frequency of your word usage. I have done a similar activity with material I will present to my administration. I am often surprised there is a word that really needs to be removed! I attached a Wordle of this post as an example.
What other methods have you used Wordle for (outside of typical education activities)?
I just used Wordle as a closing to a training. Each participant shared one takeaway and then after the training I took the words and shared them as a visual summary of what was shared. I was working with Girl Scout Trainers and many of them were not familiar with Wordle and they loved the impact that it could have.
I use Wordle as an opening activity. I have a few Intel trainings in the next 2 months and created Wordles yesterday. I used the Syllabus for the Thinking with Technology and Essentials classes to see how it would look. I thought a Wordle makes a great visual opening for the class. I have a 24 hour Thinking with Technology course starting on Monday. I've included this Wordle below, but have attached all the ones I created.
This is a great idea, thanks for sharing it. After viewing your example I visited Wordle myself.
There is the option to "wordle" you delicious tags. I did mine with the following result.
I like how you used your Delicious tags to create the Wordle. Too often teachers do not realize the power of social bookmarking. I think a Wordle like yours can go a long way towards encouraging others to consider use of Web 2.0 tools.
Who has an RSS feed they use Wordle with? How and why do you use Wordle with pages that have RSS feeds? Have you found errors from the Wordle you create? (I found my Delicious tags are not feeding correctly.)
These Word Clouds are impressive. They effectively show concepts covered in each of the courses. I can see how they could encourage participants to complete their assignments - the model just "looks fun!"
What experiences have you had with these Wordles and the trainings you have done so far? I'm very interested in hearing comments from your participants!
I did something similar to this in May during a TWT training. At the begining of our second session, I had the teachers each open up Wordle on their laptops and type a sentence about Intel Teach for them at that point of time.
We then rotated around the room so that each person could add a sentence to each other person's Wordle. We then created Wordles and submitted them to our Community for others to see and comment on.
Here is an example that one participant created...
In this routine, if people are prompted to include the words "Intel Teach" it will be the largest words in the graphic.
We did the same thing in another training where teachers typed things/characteristics about each other and then added those wordles to their classroom webpages.
So those wordle images all had the teacher's names (like Mrs. Jones) as the largest words in the graphic and then words that describe them surrounding. Words like caring, honest, nice, helpful, etc. were included.
I know that this is an old thread, but I am new to the community and since didn't see my Wordle use here, I thought I'd share. I use Wordle as part of a class project on Macbeth. In the past I used a Floger Shakespeare Institute Word Journal lesson in my class. After becoming a coach, I looked at how i could transform successful past lessons into 21st century lessons. I still have the students keep a Word journal; however, now we do it online. The project goes something like this:
"Students choose a word from a list of frequently found, critical words (words like Blood, death) that are provided by the teacher (Shakespeare Set Free). The groups will keep a log of where, when, and how each word appears in the text, who says it, and what is the context. At the end of each Act, students will copy and paste their log entries into wordle, removing all auxillary words and stage directions. Print the resulting Wordle. Then, write an evaluation of the word’s use based on the both the Wordle and the questions: Has its’ meaning changed overtime, Has its’ meaning changed with the speaker?"
We print out the Wordles for each word and post them on the bulletin board Acording to Acts.
This seems to be an excellent transformation of a previous activity to use 21st Century Technologies. I'm interested in hearing if/when students read additions by others and discover it was something they had forgotten. What other concepts besides Shakespeare do you use Wordle with?
This is quite an old thread, but an interesting one. Another use of Wordle is for ranking ideas, concerns, issues or interests. Students, or teachers if you are running PD, contribute keywords to a document (you could do this via an online document hosted in Google Docs or on Skye Drive). Once completed Wordle is then used to highlight the most common ideas, concerns, issues or interests.
Wordle is also useful for analysing documents such as your own CV. Do you speak more about teachers and teaching or is your focus more on students and learning? Wordle can reveal what you are most focused upon ... and it might show that your focus isn't what you think!
I used to use wordle in my classes for professional development but I have changed to Tagxedo because the features are so much more interesting. The shapes that are formed are more motivating than just a cloud. There is a gallery of premade ones to pull in an instant if you need as well. Here is an example:
Teachers love using tagxedo for poetry especially.
Of course, lots of vocabulary-- every area has vocabulary! I did like the Wordle Walk-About activity done in one of the Master Trainer sessions-- everyone had a Wordle create page open and each person typed in a phrase or so for reflection, ideas, brainstorming, etc., then each made and shared their Wordle showing all responses from the class. Here's a document with subject-specific ideas, too, as well as another "Interesting Ways" presentation from Tom Barrett.