Wordle Module Facilitator’s Guide
Half Day – Three Hours

Overview\Goals:
The goal of this session is to explore how word clouds can enhance and enliven everyday instruction. Word Clouds are attractive arrangements of randomly positioned words, where the most important words are bigger than others. We will explore various free tools that help you create word clouds as well as explore all of the ways you can use and incorporate them into your classroom learning experiences.
Equipment and materials needed
Facilitator
· Computer with: Internet access if required
· Connection to projector if required
· Latest Java Downloaded
· PowerPoint of sample wordles - http://docs.google.com/present/view?id=dhn2vcv5_157dpbsg9c5
· Wordle websites to explore to enhance your lesson - http://tiewordle.wikispaces.com/Web+Sites
· Alternative word cloud creation web sites - http://tiewordle.wikispaces.com/Alternatives
Participants
· Computer with: Internet access
· Agenda
· Printer
· Latest Java Downloaded
· Optional Equipment that might enhance your workshop (additional charges apply)
o Card Reader Flash Drives
Expectations
No partial credit for participation in the session.
Use positive cooperative learning skills during the session.
Expect to share and learn from others.
Ask for group expectations (trainer discretion), i.e. parking lot/question board.
Objectives:
Upon completion of the session participants will:
1. Understand how wordle can be used to facilitate and enhance learning in a variety of ways.
2. Create wordle in a variety of ways: from scratch, from written blogs, speeches, etc.
3. Demonstrate through discussion and brainstorming the successful integration of the creation of wordles into their curricular instruction.
4. Create a lesson plan that will incorporate the use of wordle.
5. Explore other free word cloud development tools: wordle, worditout, tagul, etc.
6. Understand how wordles can be added to web pages and/or printed and/or used in the classroom
7. Discuss which word cloud development tool participants like the best and why.
Procedure – 8:00 – 8:15
Pre-instructional [15 min]
Preparation:
· Set up laptop/presentation computer with projector.
· Have PowerPoint of sample wordles ready to start. - http://docs.google.com/present/view?id=dhn2vcv5_157dpbsg9c5
· On the projection computer open and minimize your agenda
Welcome and introductions
Discuss goals and objectives for session if appropriate at this time.
Demonstrate wordle creation: Demonstration Guided Activity [30 minutes] – 8:15 – 8:45
  • Distribute handouts of the agenda. Review the agenda.
  • Show PowerPoint of wordle use in the classroom.
  • Brainstorm ideas of possibilities for wordle in the classroom setting
  • Show step-by-step instructions of how to create a wordle.
Independent Work:
Create sample wordles to learn the process: [1 hour] – 8:45 – 9:45
o Hand out step-by-step instructions for wordle creation. http://tiewordle.wikispaces.com/StepbyStep
o Participants will create several wordles from scratch, printed copy, and/or internet websites.
BREAK – 9:45 - 10:00
Cooperative Groups:
Explore other web sites [1 hour] – 10:00 – 11:00
· Cooperative learning activity – break up into groups of 3 or 4 – assign groups which sites to look at depending on how many you have present so that all websites and/or alternatives are covered.

Independent Work:
Create lesson plans: Guided work & independent work [15 minutes] – 11:00 – 11:15
· Participants will use the Lesson Plan Template and Lesson Plan Rubric and will create and develop wordles for classroom use.
· Participants will upload and/or copy wordles and/or lesson plans to the tiewordle wiki to share with other educators across the state. – http://tiewordle.wikispaces.com
Cooperative Groups &/or Post session assessment:
Further discussions [30 minutes] – 11:15 - 11:45
  • Discuss and brainstorm further applications of wordles.
  • Share a PowerPoint and/or wiki of sample created wordles.
  • Show participants created wordles and have them talk about each one.
  • Discuss and share how wordles can be added to web pages and/or printed and/or used in the classroom
  • Discuss which word cloud development tool participants like the best and why.
  • Discuss other websites and information explored and discovered during the day.
Discussion and Closing
Closing [15 minutes] – 11:45 – 12:00
  • Evaluations
  • Clean up room.
  • Participants should take home all created documents or creations
  • Software and/or creations are removed if applicable.