The 12 Days of Technology-Day 8: Wordle

On the eighth day of technology, my PLN gave to me:  Wordle.

As the Wordle site states: “Wordle is a toy for generating “word clouds” from text that you provide.”  While the site calls itself a toy, it really is a very simple-to-use, multipurpose, powerful tool!   Either paste your text  into a box, add a URL or even an RSS feed, and watch as Wordle generates a cloud of words.   The image generated should  not be confused with a tag cloud, however, as the words are not hyperlinked.

Wordle offers you a selection of colors, fonts, and designs.  The size of a word depends on the number of times the word is used in the selected text.  Print out your design or save it to the Wordle Gallery.  One word of caution: this site is used by so many people that if you wait very long to capture the design, you may have trouble finding it.  It literally seems to “disappear in the clouds!”  I use Jing to capture my Wordle design and save it on my computer as a Jing image.  That way it is accessible to me whenever I want it.

38 Interesting Ways to Use Wordle in the Classroom is a slide presentation put together by @tombarrett mainly by and for K-12 teachers, but these ideas may stimulate a use for you in your courses regardless of the subject matter or level.

For more information, you might enjoy watching  Bob Sprankle’s Tutorial on Wordle. in which he also discusses possible uses for the application.

Enjoy this toy/tool with your students.  Be sure to share your project with another teacher/instructor!  Come back and add a comment to this blog to share how you’ve used Wordle either successfully and or with some problems-it all adds to our continuing improvement in the classroom!

For more fun, try ImageChef.  It’s not as powerful as Wordle, but you can make fun shapes with text.

2 Responses

  1. You might wish to also check out

    Thank you for the Day’s of Technology. I have enjoyed finding new ideas to use technology with my third grade class.


    • Hi Lynn,

      Thank you for checking out my blog and for taking the time to comment. I really appreciate the link for Guess the Wordle. It looks like it could generate a lot of fun and valuable conversation in my advanced ESL class.

      Best wishes for a happy 2010. I hope we’ll have a chance to re-connect soon!


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