A few fellow bloggers recently mentioned a new teaching device called Wordle. What is a wordle I wondered? Well this is a wordle:
I used the About page on the blog to create this word cloud. The program uses inputted words to create a random word cloud. The more times a word is used, the bigger it appears in the cloud. I think this is one of the coolest things I have found on the internet in quite a while. You type in whatever you want, be it a list of words, a poem, or even a presidential speech and you end up with a randomized word cloud. You can then change color and font. This website has some good ideas to include wordle in your schoolwork. The possibilities for using it are endless.
We haven't used it in our homeschool yet but I made a wordle of my daughter's name and some positive attributes about her. When I gave it to her, she read the sheet and asked in a quiet voice if I thought these were true about her. I said yes, she smiled and hugged me. She later hung the paper on the wall in her bedroom and asked to make one for each of her brothers.