​Wordle Training

Spring 2010

What is Wordle???

Wordle is a toy for generating “word clouds” from text that you provide. The clouds give greater prominence to words that appear more frequently in the source text. You can tweak your clouds with different fonts, layouts, and color schemes. The images you create with Wordle are yours to use however you like. You can print them out, or save them to the Wordle gallery to share with your friends.



Economics - Adam Smith - what's important in the economy at this time? (1776)
Historical speeches - cut and paste text into box
Summarize and show me main ideas - omit common words - can also remove words
helps visual learner who has trouble reading
Current event topic - dump article - 60 second presentation - used wordle to get main ideas
Mein kampf - what is Hitler's point? audience?
Hamlet - preview - who will be main characters?
Prereading - dump text - largest words are vocab words
Presidential speeches - who's speech is this based on text?

Language Arts Wordle:

Wordle: Period G

Comparing Inaugural Speeches by Presidents Obama and Bush:


Directions to Create a Reading Word Cloud

Key Training Points

I. Four ways to create:
a. Students generate list
1. Review most important topics/points
2. Characteristics of a person in a story
b. Cut and paste text from website, online book or notes
c. URL, blog, or RSS feed
d. Delicious user
II. Advanced settings
a. Paper tally - write text with number of "votes" next to each word
b. Paper tally with color codes
III. Gallery - see what other people have created
IV. Credits - background of creator
V. News - latest Wordle updates
VI. Forum - discussion area

Additional Tips:

Place a tilda ~ between words that go together. Ex. Williams~Valley
You cannot add to a Wordle that is already created. You may cut and paste text if you saved it in a word document when you created to original.

You can use a Wordle to make book covers, posters or t-shirts to sell!!
Be sure to follow copyright laws: tell people how you made the image, or, if you're using one from the gallery, where you got it. If you use a screen-capture, PDF, or other image representation of a Wordle, you must attribute the image to http://www.wordle.net/.