I blogged about wordle in the beginning of the year because I love using this (free) web 2.0 tool to make our accountable talk posters and norms, like these:
However, I haven't really used it since. So in the interest of trying new strategies with my small groups, we will keep track of characters in our novels this way :)
So, for example, if I was making a wordle about Hermione Granger, I'd start with brainstorming a list of descriptive words, character traits, quotes, etc.
I'd type up a list in word (so it's easy to edit):
1) If I'm using a phrase or more than one word, I have to use a ~ between words with NO spaces. The ~ is above your tab key if you're on a PC
2) If you want a word to appear larger, type it more than once (ex: her name)
From there, I'd go to wordle and select create:
Then after selecting create, I copy and paste in my list from word:
Then hit go.
From there, I get my wordle:
Which I can customize with the font, layout & color until I get one I like:
From there, I can print or use another web 2.0 tool like Jing to take a snapshot & save as a png (picture).
I can also go back to my list in word and add more words, then repeat the process!