I first learned about Wordle when I was working on my Master's (in Ed Tech) and immediately fell in love with it. If you are unfamiliar with it, it is a web-based site that takes text and makes word clouds. This is such a simple and easy tool for kids to use and it can be applied in many ways in the classroom. Students can make clouds.....
* using adjectives to describe themselves
* with words to summarize a book/story
* by adding words on a certain topic
* paste in any text they wrote such as an essay, story, report etc.
Unfortunately I haven't been able to have my students use Wordle because the computers did not have updated Java. I am *hoping* that these get upgraded this coming school year so we can Wordle everything!
Even though the kids can't use it, I still can. Today I decided that I needed to start updating my class website since I am moving grades and needed a fun front page image. I used to have a photo of my open classroom door, but I don't have a photo of my new room yet, so I played around with Wordle for a bit and came up with a nice little image. As you can see, I am also a fan of alliteration.
Have you used Wordle in your classroom before? If you haven't tried it yet, go to wordle.net and play around with it!