Monday, October 3, 2011


I had seen Wordles done before and always thought they were a really cool concept.  I have been working on class descriptions for each grade level to send home to parents at work.  I thought that I would take the list of school-community partners I had already made to try and make a Wordle of my own.   

It was a very simple process.  I copied the list of names off of a Microsoft Word document and clicked “create.”  I did not like what I saw.  It had split the names of places up and everything was the same size. 
The second time I took all the spaces out of the words/titles that I wanted to keep together and typed my school name multiple times so that it would appear larger.  This time when I pressed “create” my Wordle looked much better.  I then played around with the fonts and color schemes.  I also clicked the randomize button a million times to see what they would come up with. 

I think that I could easily fit this into my current curriculum.  With my lower-functioning students, I could have the students type their sight and functional spelling words.  For my higher-functioning students I could have them create Wordles to describe themselves and their personalities.  I think this would be an awesome tool to incorporate into my Action Research target audience when we use the Smart Board.  We could come up with Wordles as a class to describe work and life skills.  I think the look and design of the Wordle will intrigue my class, I cannot wait to share it with them!


  1. Kristin,

    Wordles are one of those tools that allow our students to be collaborative and creative. They can use any selection of words/texts type them up and create a unique visual. Also, in the classroom you can have students work individually, in pairs, or small groups and use it as a center activity or as part of a lab activity when doing something like Science research.

    I never thought to implement the SmartBoard element; I am going to have to try that one out with the little kindergartners.

  2. Kristen,

    Awesome post, my friend! I initially was not aware of Wordle, but I am very intrigued of what I saw. You are extremely innovative, to simplify the class descriptions that are sent out, into a visual collage. I created a website for my internship, and I am going to use Wordle now to design my company's mission/elevator pitch. I can't wait to see how you will incorporate this with your Action Research target Audience!

    Well done!