Do you see what I see?

As the saying goes, a picture is worth a thousand words. In this case, it really is and more. Today, I am showing you an app and a website that I love to use in the classroom. These both display pictures and words in such a fun, engaging way for students and are very accessible and easy to use.

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I feel that these two apps/websites would particularly appeal to the visual learners in any classroom and as a visual learner myself, I’ve found them so helpful. This map below has always helped me in planning lessons and it has definitely been a great help in my classroom this year especially. It showcases what teaching strategies and methodologies that work for visual learners and you can definitely add more yourself, like I have.

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One application for iPad/iPhone/iPod Touch that I came across was WordFoto App.

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This is a simple & easy to use app for many subjects including my two subjects ; History and Religion.  WordFoto transforms words and pictures into typographic works of art. WordFoto has eight preset styles , custom styles, fonts and you can do it all from your iPhone / iPad. You simply import images from your photo album or camera and you can manage and create your own word sets.

Here is an example of WordFoto for Religious Education;

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and WordFoto for History;

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This is a fantastic app and has been used in many other subjects. One example I came across was WordFoto used in Geography which I have shown below;

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You can use any image/ key words to start or end a lesson, revise the previous lesson or topic, facilitate discussion and would be so handy for all teachers. It is so easy to use! It is definitely worth the small fee of €1.99 on the App store and it is definitely an investment for the classroom.

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Another tool that transforms words into a surrounding cloud is Wordle. Wordle is a tool that allows user to create word clouds from a source of words. Wordle comes without the images like WordFoto but it has so many great features and students love it!

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Worlde automatically removes common English words (is, the, and, it..) and presents the words in big colourful cloud formations. The more that a word appears in a source, the larger the word is in the cloud. You can design your own clouds with different fonts, layouts, and colour schemes. It can be used in so many classroom contexts such as

  • Keywords in any lesson/topic in a Wordle
  • Summarising a topic through it
  • The students can showcase their opinions on certain topics.
  • You could put your lesson plan into a Wordle to create a word cloud of what you will be learning about. This could also be part of your entire course outline used at the beginning of a course/short course development plan.
  • Have students create a Wordle that display an understanding of a concept, standards or vocabulary word.
  • Ask students to make their own Wordles or assign group tasks on a topic.

Here are two examples of a Wordle;

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It is very simple and easy to create a Wordle. In 3 simple steps, all you have to do is;

  1. Go to wordle.net
  2. Click Create Your Own
  3. You can copy and paste text from a word Wordle Document or you can simply type in the words you want to use.

You can also check out the FAQ Section on Wordle for more information and tips on creating a Wordle if you choose to use the site! Here is a 3 minute tutorial on how to use Wordle ;

As always , let me know what you think 🙂

Sources

  1. Visual Image from revolutionarypaideia.com8
  2. Wordle.net
  3. Wordfoto App – iTunes Store

 

 

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