Thing 14: Media Skills

wordle for blogContinuing with my theme of completing “things” at the point of need I am excited to explore Thing 14:Media Skills as I am putting the finishing touches on our annual report.

I spent time with both Tagxedo and Wordle to create the “perfect” word cloud representing the various booktalks we did throughout the year. I quickly realized that there is a depth to these tools I was unaware of! In the end I found the advanced features of Wordle to be exactly what I needed for this project.

Here are some cool things I learned:

  • Keep words together by using the ~ symbol
  • You can add weight to words by giving them a point value
  • To get numbers to show up in your Wordle open the font open the language menu option. It is a small checkbox at the very top.
  • Using a spreadsheet adds a great deal of flexibility as you play with word sizes and color.

The spreadsheet I mentioned was a huge part of this learning curve and I wish I had thought of it sooner. In the end I had 3 columns.Capture

The Combined Fields column is what I copied and pasted into the Wordle advanced box. The formula for that was =CONCATENATE(F3,”:”,G3)

The Wordle at the top of this post is the result of these fields.

Once again, a great learning activity. Just one caveat. GIVE YOURSELF A TIME LIMIT!!!!! You will never be 110% in love with your Wordle and will always wonder what just one more respin will bring 🙂





About Kim Nemeth

Hello and welcome to my blog. I am a High School Library Media Specialist in beautiful Saratoga Springs New York. I am an avid reader and am addicted to learning. This blog was originally started as part of the Cool Tools for Schools project in 2012. Since then I have continued to participate in Cool Tools for Schools and add my thoughts here. I found this blog to be an excellent place to refer to when I needed an idea or had a tick mark in my head and needed a reminder. I would love comments and feedback on my posts. Enjoy!
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One Response to Thing 14: Media Skills

  1. Cool! How have I missed the advanced wordle tips all this time? Thank you!! Great image for your annual report!

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