Published on March 9, 2014
Creating a Word Cloud
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. (SOURCE: WORDLE WEBSITE)
How I use Word Clouds in the classroom Word Clouds are great fun for all age groups and class settings! I use them as an introductory activity at the beginning of each semester by having students use their name as the main focal point of the "word cloud" and then insert words that describe themselves (ex) hair and eye color, personality traits, and any feature they may want to include such as, favorite foods, hobbies, music.....anything that will help the class, and myself, get to know them better. Then we print them out to display on our wall outside the entrance to the classroom. Word Clouds can be saved to "the gallery" and retrieved later, but they can sometimes be hard to find, especially if you forget what you saved it as. That's why I have my students do a "print screen" and paste into paint, then save the image as a JPEG file. That way students can save them to their student folder to retrieve whenever they want. I will show you these steps in the following slides.
Saving a Word Cloud as a JPEG FILE Select CREATE to start your Wordle – Select GALLERY to view examples - Select ADVANCED to try more features Helpful Hints Insert text here Key single words (phrases will separate) Enter sentences Copy and paste text, paragraphs or stories
Learning the Wordle Screen ~Learning the Wordle Tools~ Randomize – By selecting the randomize tool, it will automatically choose the color, font, and layout. The down side to this is that your style is gone once you click “randomize” again. Unfortunately, the back button feature doesn’t apply here. So if you find one you like, save it to the gallery. Font – Layout – Color – These options on the toolbar allow you to select the style you like. Again, each time you make a change you usually can’t get back to the same layout.
Print Screen – Pasting to Paint – Saving as JPEG Once you have chosen the desired Wordle style, arrange the Wordle screen to have the “word cloud” area showing. Press the “control” and “print screen” keys at the same time. Next, open Paint and select “edit” and “paste”.
Print Screen – Pasting to Paint – Saving as JPEG Next, use the “select” tool to cut out the area of the “word cloud” that you would like to save as your JPEG image.
Recap After you have selected the area, use the “right click” feature on the mouse and select “cut”. Then open up a new Paint File and paste. Finally, you are ready to save your “word cloud” as an image. To do this, select FILE Save as change File Type to JPEG. Open wordle.net Select create Enter text Change to desired style & colors Save to Gallery (if desired) Print Screen and copy into Paint Cut out desired area Save as JPEG You Tube Video Tutorial
Finished Word Cloud With added Picture Style Frame and Picture Border Color
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