Monday, August 3, 2009

Web Spotlight: Wordle

Consider the substance of the words that make up a speech, a description, a letter. Wordle is an online tool that allows users to create "word clouds" using text that you cut and paste from another source. The words that are larger in the clouds appear more frequently in the source text. Explore different configurations and color choices by selecting the randomize button.

More than just a toy, Wordle is a literacy tool to create word clouds and get learners interacting with text in a new and different way. Pictured are 100 words from Lincoln's Gettysburg Address created in Wordle and saved as an image. Visit Wordle online at and start creating today.

Do you use Wordle in an interesting and creative way for education? Please feel free to share by leaving a comment. We would love to hear from you.

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