Wordle is a toy for generating "word clouds" from text that you provide. The clouds give greater prominence to words that appear more frequently in the source text. You can tweak your clouds with different fonts, layouts, and color schemes. The images you create with Wordle are yours to use however you like. You can print them out, or save them to the Wordle gallery to share with your friends.
|Wordle||Free||Create unlimited word clouds.|
Also great to generate vocab for academic subjects.
I used it to explore a key scene in Shakespeare's Macbeth play. The words death and Macbeth were prominent! I also used it when training staff by putting the OFSTED criteria for outstanding teaching into the Wordle box. It seems that learning and progress are key.
You can choose your own colour themes and fonts to achieve the effect or clarity that you are seeking. It is worth exploring. Have a go.
With teenagers, I found that inputing the lyrics of their favorite song will quite oftenly produce more lyrics. I have also asked students to rewrite a piece of text with the words from the cloud. It was very helpful.
The best thing about using Wordle is the fact that you don't need to sign up or provide an email, which makes it safe to use.
If you have a bit of extra time, or a quick learner who is getting bored, Wordle is a great idea.
I use Wordle in my second grade class to make illustrations out of our spelling words. I ask my students to type their spelling words into Wordle using the classroom computer rather than copying and pasting because they will learn them this way. My students love the end result, and we are able to make a class collage of spelling words!