Hi, everyone! In the video below you will find a quick tutorial taking you through the website, Wordle. The video demonstrates the use of Wordles as an academic tool by creating spelling lists for the students. The spelling list I used in this tutorial is aimed towards the third grade age group. The words are wr- and kn- words with a few added sight words that children should be conscious of at the third grade level. Please take the time to watch the video and then go explore the Wordle website (www.wordle.net) and possibly create a few Wordles of your own!
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To the right is an example of using a Wordle as a fun way for students (and you!) to introduce themselves to the class during the first week. You can make a rubric that the class must follow or allow them to put whatever they please onto their Introduction Wordles. The is great for ALL ages, although younger children will need assistance from a parent or you. Know that they may have to dictate their words to you as well.

To the left is an example of using a Wordle to create a list of classroom rules. You can either make a list of class rules with the students before creating a Wordle OR get students more involved in the technology aspect of this activity by having each of them make their own Wordle listing rules they think are great for a classroom. Whatever rules appear the most can be added to the official Class Rules Wordle! This activity can be used for any age level as long as you modify it.

To the right is a Wordle using vocabulary from the third grade science curriculum for State of Matter. Give this Wordle to your students before starting this topic to give them an idea of what they will be learning about!

To the left is a Character Traits Wordle describing the main character, Jess Aarons, in Because of Winn Dixie. This is a third grade level book and Wordles can be used to describe all different aspects of books such as settings, themes, or main ideas.

There are many other activities and lessons you, as an educator, can do integrating Wordles! Other examples not shown include: character compare and contrast (using two different Wordles), class polls (favorite colors, birthdays, animals, concepts students are struggling with, etc.), sight words for students to practice, and much more! Just be creative and remember that you can modify these lessons for any age. Set aside some computer time to help younger students create their own Wordles or have parents create Wordles with their children at home. The possibilities are endless!

National Education Technology Standards for Students (NETS-S)

You may be wondering, "What are NETS-S?" I am here to tell you exactly what NETS-S are and how using Wordles in your classroom can help you meet certain NETS-S. NETS-S are the National Education Technology Standards for Students and they are very important in today's classrooms because technology is everywhere we look. Why not take advantage of it and get your students engaged!?

By using Wordles in the classroom in the examples I have listed above, you are meeting the following NETS-S:
  1. 1. Creativity and Innovation: Standards a) apply existing knowledge to generate new ideas, products, or processes & b) Create original works as a means of person or group expression
  2. 4. Critical Thinking, Problem Solving, and Decision Making: Standards a) identify and define authentic problems and significant questions for investigation & b) plan and manage activities to develop a solution or complete a project
  3. Digital Citizenship: Standards a) advocate and practice safe, legal, and responsible use of information and technology, b) exhibit a positive attitude toward using technology that supports collaboration, learning, and productivity, c) demonstrate personal responsibility for lifelong learning & d) exhibit leadership for digital citizenship
  4. Technology Operations and Concepts: Standards a) understand and use technology systems, b) select and use applications effectively and productively, c) troubleshoot systems and applications & d) transfer current knowledge to learning of new technologies

Click below to see the NETS-S for yourself!
Jessica Sobel
2/14/2013 02:41:07 am

This is such a cool website!!! I really like all of the examples that you gave of the different types of wordles they can make. This seems like such an easy website to use. It really seems like something the students will be able to have fun while they are doing it and learn as well. This will definitely help with their motivation levels! Really nice job!

Morgan Keating
2/14/2013 03:55:09 am

I really like this website! It is a very fun way to display vocabulary words instead of just in a straight line. The fun colors and layouts might help a student learn the words they need to faster and in a fun way!

Abby Arseneau
2/15/2013 05:13:57 am

I really like how you put so many examples of how you can use Wordle in a classroom. The idea of the introduction post and class rules Wordle was cool. I think this would be a fun tool for a classroom.

Samantha Dalton
2/18/2013 10:24:48 am

I love the idea of using wordle in the classroom! I think it creates a fun and colorful image for students to look at when learning in all areas of the classroom! I even like using them in college. Good job!

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    My name is Aubrey Makara. I am an elementary school teacher and I like to write about my experiences and all of my ideas for technology integrated lessons in the classroom!


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