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How I bullied (sorry, supported) a HT using Wordle
Wednesday, April 14th, 2010 | Author:

I’ve said it before, but Twitter truly is a wonderful place. It started a few days ago with Dianne Spencer, a head teacher from Bolton, commenting that she had written her SEF form and was pleased with her work. I suggested ‘chucking it into Wordle’.

Wordle would then enlarge the words used more often, giving a visual display of the SEF form. What words would you expect to see?How about learning? children? impact? Her Wordle is here

It looks good, but Dianne (@DianneSpencer) had problems getting to that final stage. There were lots of tweets to help get her there. So, I thought I’d share the steps to using Wordle for those that might not have used it before. It’s easy to forget about the simple steps when explaining these things to people!

First step is to copy the text. Now, in Dianne’s case she was using Word, so this just involved selecting all of the text (CTRL+A) and then copying it (CTRL+C). This could then be pasted (CTRL+V) into Wordle.net

Pressing ‘Go’ creates the Wordle. Then the fun begins. You can change the layout, font etc and play about with it. The problems then come when you want to save it. How do you take that Wordle and put it in your VLE or blog? Print Screen.

On your keyboard, usually in the top-right, you will see a Prt Scr button. Press it. If you’re on a laptop, try pressing Fn and Prt Scr. This takes a screenshot.

I then use Paint or a similar to edit the image. Open Paint, paste in the image and then crop it to just show the Wordle. Save this as a JPG image and then it can be uploaded into other places.

Wordle is great fun and there are many ways of using it. For ways of using it in the classroom, check out @markw29‘s excellent site Ideas to Inspire that brings together the Interesting Ways documents from @tombarrett.

What makes Twitter great is that once Dianne had messed around with Wordle, along came @colport to suggest Tagxedo instead. This is a bit whizzier than Wordle and has more saving options. Dianne’s Tagxedo is here

There are many other versions of Wordle floating around, and I’ve collated some of these on the Hampshire Delicious page here

I know many of you use Wordle or word clouds a lot, but for those that don’t, give it a try. I know my post will be patronising for some, but it isn’t meant to be. It’s for those that might have seen a Wordle, but never made one, or better yet, never seen it and are intrigued!

Would you employ me?
Monday, March 22nd, 2010 | Author:

I’m looking for a new job. My secondment runs out in July and I’m thinking I need to move to something new. What sort of job or what challenge I should go for can wait for another post. For this post, I wanted to show how I used Wordle.

For most jobs, you need to write a 2 page letter to support your statement. I find these hard to write and never know how I’m coming across. Do I mention ICT too much? Probably, I’m currently an ICT Consultant. So, to help me understand my statement a little better, I went to Wordle and pasted in my letter.

What does this tell me? ‘Children’ and ‘ICT’ are the two topics that I talk about most but other key words include ideas, learning and teaching.

What can I do better? I obviously use ‘also’ and ‘within’ a bit too much and I should probably change my connectives for the next application I send in.

So, would you employ me in your school from this? Should I send a Wordle with my next application form to make it easier for the head teacher? Why not Wordle your supporting statement and see what your strengths are.

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ICT Cluster Spring 1 – Roundup Pt1
Wednesday, February 03rd, 2010 | Author:

So, another ICT cluster has finished and this one seemed to fly by like a whirlwind! I think I probably tried fitting too much into a short space of time. I promise next session I will slow down and give more playing time! (and find a room with a decent projector)
So here is a round-up of some of the things we did, and didn’t, cover. I will also send this out on twitter and hopefully people will add examples below too.

The purpose of this session was to show you some of the exciting websites that I have found recently, the majority through Twitter. These range from time-saving to collaboration-based tools. After meeting with some teachers before Christmas and one of them stating that there seemed to be a lack of innovation from Lead Teachers and above, I thought I’d try my best to lead by example. Who knows if it worked or not!

So, what did we look at? (BTW, all of these are free.)

Delicious – http://www.delicious.com/
Examples: www.delicious.com/ianaddison or www.delicious.com/parkfield
What does it do?
It allows you to store websites and favourites online so that they can be accessed from anywhere. Now this might sound like a small thing for some people, but if you think a bit bigger, such as creating a school account like @simonhaughton has done, then collaboration becomes much easier. I showed this at an inset day at the start of term and the teachers added their favourite sites, within an hour we had 50 websites for them to share. even amongst this small number of teachers, they were all adding websites that others hadn’t heard of. This means that next time they want to find a site for poetry, it might have been found by someone already. Very useful indeed. Next step? What about a Hampshire-wide account? hhmmm..might need some thought!
Top Tip
If you create a school account, make sure you decide on the tags beforehand. Otherwise, you’ll end up with KS2, KS 2 and Key Stage 2.

PrimaryPad http://www.primarypad.com/
What does it do?
Primary Pad is a tool that allows you to upload a word document or start from scratch and then have multiple users adding to and editing the document at the same time. Sounds chaotic? It can be. But now that @johnmclear has limited it to 6 people per pad, it works brilliantly for small groups of children. We have used in Hants to plan testing for Wizkid, we were all online plotting our next steps in real-time. It’s quite a lot of fun too!
Possible Uses
Why not get the children to collaborate on a story or piece of writing? Poetry? Playscript?
What about teachers editing a policy?
Top Tip
Go to www.primarypad.com/whateverwordyoulike and providing someone hasn’t put that word on there before, you can make a new pad. This means that you can have a pad tailored for your class or group, much easier to remember than using the random letters at the end!
Also, let the children try it first, then decide on rules. They can edit and delete each others work, so session 2 may need some rules!

What does it do?
Wordle takes a selction of words you have typed or pasted and create a collage of them with the more frequent words appearing larger than the others. The best way to see this is to copy and paste a news article from a site such as http://www.bbc.co.uk/ and then try to see the key words of the article. I showed this using Andy Murray’s match report and the key words were ‘Murray’, ‘Tennis’ and ‘Open’. Useful to see if a child has written one word more than the others.
Possible Uses
Why not ask the children to list different words for ‘said’ or ‘walked’? Write the main word e.g. ‘said’ 3/4 times, then the others will appear smaller. Great for a vocabulary display or a way of creating a wordbank before starting a poem.
Top Tip
When typing words, put ~ between them. This way, the words stay together e.g. once~upon~a~time would stay together as a phrase. Perfect for story starters! More tips can be found at www.delicious.com/ianaddison/wordle

Part 2 will follow with Wallwisher, MyEBook and Animoto as well as details of Home Access