Wednesday, March 23, 2011


Have you ever played around with Wordle? In my teacher training last Friday, we were shown how to use it and given ideas on how we can teach our students to use it productively. I am so excited to use it with my students and their writing!

But you can seriously produce anything you want. I've seen people make this sort of thing on photoshop (admittedly, you can have a lot more artistic freedom if you make your own that way....) but this is a super simple way to make one of these cute word art pictures without a whole lot of work.

Here's one I just tossed out really quick:

I may leave that up for a while! Take a look at their website and have some fun with it! I know I did! (Want to know how to make words bigger or smaller? The words that are bigger are the ones I typed more times, ex. I typed Love about 10 times and Rob/Jocelyn about 5 times each. I did cheat a little and use photoshop to tweak some things that I was being OCD about getting in their exact right spots, but this is pretty much how mine looked straight off the site.)

Oh, by the way, while printing this, I noticed something. I decided to see about using Walmart this once for printing, just because I didn't really care too much about quality and thought they might be cheaper than the lab I've been using. And guess what? They WEREN'T! I was so surprised by this but it doesn't bother me at all because I love the lab I've been printing at lately. If you want to check them out, it's Snelson's Photo Lab on Center Street here in Springville. You can upload anything you want to print to their site (Best photo uploading program I've EVER used!) and, even though their processing time says up to three days, I've never had a print take longer than a day.


Krysten @ After 'I Do' said...

Um awesome!

Lisa said...

I have played around with Wordle a lot before and could never get anything I liked. I love your tip of typing the word over and over... I'm going to have to try it again to purposely get some words to pop.

BTW: what are some good teaching strategies with this??? It just looks like fun! :)

Jocelyn said...

Actually, if you google Wordle, there are a lot of websites with tips on how to use it.

I'm going to have my kids find out a bunch of info about their families/moms in May and then have them type all the words that describe their family into it. Then we'll print and "mount" them for the kids to give to their moms for Mother's Day. I've already let them experiment with it and they had a blast just fiddling with the controls.

For getting one you like, I just kept changing the font back and forth between two I liked until I got a layout I wanted. I think I got lucky though because this one popped up within about 5 tries and I just couldn't pass it up.

Good Luck!

Beatriz Craven said...

I have never heard of that before! I think it's so amazing all the software and things they have available... I will never catch up but I Love seeing what people can create. Yours came out so nice!

Hope you have a wonderful day!

That Girl in Pearls

Lisa said...

Jocelyn, I never thought of googling how to use it... brilliant! I have long lists of words that I wanted to turn into a "subway" (sort of) art but never liked the result. I'm going to have to play around with it some more!
And I *love* the mother's day idea! HOW CUTE! :D

BearShe Cottage said...

Thanks for posting about this neat website. Will check it out.

JandS Morgan said...

How come your RSS feed doesn't come through all the way anymore? It is driving me crazy.

Jessica McNichols said...

I have a question that is probably simple but I cant figure it out. On wordle, How do you save it to print it somewhere else? Help? Thanks!