Some staff will be working on web2.0 tools at school today. This post will help them to make a word cloud with students.
Australia is watching cyclone Yasi as it approaches the northern coastline of Queensland. Below is a wordle created by highlighting and copying an ABC online news bulletin.
Wordle easy to use and produces effective results quickly. Follow the steps below to make attractive word clouds for use online or off line.
To make the word cloud
- Goto wordle
- Look for “create your own” and click on the link
- Key in the words to be used in the cloud, in the resultant window. (Tip: Key in the words in MS Word, copy and paste into the window. This will prevent any potential losses once online.)
- Click Go when finished
- A word cloud will be created. Choose randomize until you get your preferred cloud. (When feeling confident, you can use the links ef font, layout etc at the top, to manually manipulate the cloud.
- Wordle will give html code if you save to their gallery. However, this is always quite small, so another option is to make a screen dump.
- If you use a PC, click on the PrtSc (Print Screen) key above the function keys. This will take a screenshot.
To create an image with your word cloud
- Open MS Paint, goto edit and paste
- Use the cropping tool to remove the sections not required
- Goto edit>copy
- Open a new MS Paint screen, do not save the old one.
- Goto edit and paste
- Save as a jpg or png and the image is now ready to be used online or elsewhere.
- Always acknowledge that you have used wordle.
Uses for Wordle
How do you use wordle in the classroom? What alternatives to wordle do you use?