I’ve been reminded of how much fun you can have with an online tool called Wordle. You provide a link or a chunk of text and it spits out a fun, interesting and customizable image, or word cloud. Words are displayed by size based on their frequency. Anything you create on Wordle goes into a gallery that you can then print or share with friends. The best part about Wordle is that after it spits out an image you can cycle through various formatting options, from colors to fonts to vertical or horizontal orientation, all with unique visual appeal.
Wordle can develop several important 21st Century learning skills. It can spark students’ creativity when they share original writing compositions and research assignments. Critical thinking skills are employed when using Wordle to analyze main ideas, make predictions, and critique/revise student essays.
Of course you can use it to show just how much you LOVE writing or to do a daily gratitude program like that suggested in The Magic and Daybook of Comfort and Joy.