It can get very boring for students and teachers when they have to look at the same sort of graphics and presentations (think of ‘death by PowerPoint’), wouldn’t it be nice to be able to get your message across in a different style?
Perhaps you might like to try Wordle?
What is Wordle?
Wordle is a free site that lets you create ‘word clouds‘ from words that you type in. It’s very easy to use, in fact it is described as a toy on their home page.
How might I use Wordle in my teaching practice?
- Use it as an ‘ice breaker’- ask your students to describe themselves, their aspirations etc. in 10 words
- Use it as a another form of glossary– type in all the common terms (jargon) that your students need to know how to pronounce and describe will completing their course
- Reflecting on learning- If learners are keeping a blog , it might be helpful to ‘Wordle’ the content every so often to look for themes
- Make your course look interesting by copying and pasting the entire course into Wordle, print out as A3 (or larger) and use as part of a display
Many thanks to http://www.ideastoinspire.co.uk/wordle.htm for some of the ideas, those are just a few- have play and see what you can come up with.
A couple of handy tips
You can extract all words from any web site or blog and create a ‘Wordle’ from it. This may help your students understand common themes or often used terms.
Once you’ve created your Wordle word cloud you can change its look by-
- Word alignment- vertical, horizontal, both or ‘any which way’ (zig zag)
- Overall layout- square or circular
- It’s free- you DONOT have to create accounts for you or your students
- It creates word clouds from text that you provide
- The more times a word is entered the LARGER it is
- you can play with the layout, colours & fonts
- They can be saved in PDF format then printed or uploaded to Moodle
Below are some examples that we’ve created using the URL of our blog.
If you have any queries regarding Wordle don’t hesitate to contact the Learning Innovation team- we’re here to help!