Wordle: Prepare to be amazed!

[Editor’s Note: This article was written by the CTL’s Laurie Hansen.]

Wordle is a fun, free, computer-based program or “toy created by Jonathan Feinberg for generating word clouds.”  The word clouds are created from “text provided by you.” As the site describes, “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.”  Try creating a cloud with the “URL of any blog, blog feed, or any other web page that has an Atom or RSS feed or a del.icio.us user name” and see what happens!  Once your word cloud is created, you can manipulate its appearance and even alphabetize the words within the cloud.

As you’ll see in my magical Wordle demo video, one click and…poof!  A word cloud appears before your eyes!  Amazing!

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2 responses to “Wordle: Prepare to be amazed!

  1. Howard Bashinski


    Why do I need a word cloud?


  2. Laurie Hansen

    Hello Howard! Thanks for asking! Let’s see… I am not sure one would actually *need* a word cloud. However, a word cloud may be very useful for an online instructor, especially for the benefit of visual learners. A word cloud may promote creativity and spawn ideas, depending on the content of the cloud. In fact, one might write a poem and, with the prose, create a beautiful word cloud. It can even be presented as a gift to a loved one! Now, that sounds rather romantic, doesn’t it? With that in mind I am thinking that one may, in fact, find him or herself in *need* of a word cloud. I suppose I stand corrected! I hope you find a number of creative ways to use your word clouds! Thanks for responding, Howard!


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