Word Cloud Possibilities Outside

5 July 2010 · 1 comment

in Digital & ICT Outdoors, Literacy Outdoors, Technologies, Urban

Thanks to Annie, an old Canadian friend, I found the Wordle website. The photo below is as summary of the words in three blog postings:

This has so much potential in terms of being outdoors, reviewing an activity and vocabulary building. It can be done by children at home as well as at school. You can change the fonts, layout, colours as you wish.

It would even make a great spelling challenge as the children’s own words would compile the list. For example, here’s a list of what I’ve planted in my garden during this year:

Children who are beginning to access the formal curriculum may enjoy matching letters hidden in a sandpit or around the garden to an alphabet wordle. There is a magnetic capital letters font which would allow them to place the actual magnetic letter on top of its outline.

All images attributed to http://www.wordle.net/

The creator of this word cloud building site, Tagxedo, kindly got in touch. It’s got a few more features than Wordle and might be more fun for older children.

Here’s an example from my Twitter profile – you can make different cloud shapes. It reminds me a wee bit of those rare sunny days where you lie on the ground, look up at the sky and look for patterns and art out of clouds in the sky.

Image attributed to www.tagxedo.com
To save you time working it out, there’s a handy YouTube video that shows you exactly what to do. Have fun!

I’ll leave you to dream and scheme about the possibilities…

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FroggyMama July 5, 2010 at 17:35

So cool – I’ve already spent the morning creating Wordles! Thanks for the inspiring blog and this great link!

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