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Wordle: Another great (free) app

Wordle is another web-based application that is incredibly simple and pretty darn cool. According to the website (, “Wordle is a toy for generating ‘word clouds’ from text that you provide. The clouds give greater prominence to words that appear more frequently in the source text.”

Basically, you type or dump in a block of text or link to a blog, then hit “go” – and, voila! – instant word art. You can tweak the colors and fonts to your heart’s content. For 38 ideas on how to use Wordle in the classroom, be sure to check out

Have fun!


30 seconds to your own chat

A number of faculty and staff are devoting part of our summer to mastering Web 2.0 tools and strategies under the tutelage of SOE alum (and all-around edtech guru) Shelly Wojewodzki. Shelly, who teaches at John Carroll High School in Bel Air, MD, runs an entirely paperless classroom (learn more at or by following @teachpaperless on Twitter).

Today we learned about a(nother) great, free tool – Today’sMeet ( Designed as a backchannel to accompany live presentations (you will no doubt start seeing it used at conferences, if you haven’t already), it can also be used to quickly and easily facilitate a real-time chat session among anyone with an internet connection. No one needs to subscribe to anything, and you can archive your session for anywhere between two hours and a year. Pretty cool. Great idea for open hours, faculty meetings, homework help, etc.

Check it out! (And don’t be surprised if we invite you to our own such sessions in the future.)


More reasons to spend time online

The SOE is finally on Facebook! We’ve created a page:

It’s pretty bare bones at the moment, but we’ll be building it out with photos, videos, announcements, and more in the coming months. In the meantime, become a Fan so you help us obtain our personal username (we need 100 Fans to do so).

While you are online, check out the new resources for counselors mentioned on the Sheridan Libraries’ blog:

And, of course, don’t forget to follow JHUeducation on Twitter.

More soon!


SOE Alumni, reporting for duty…

Greetings all SOE alumni (and those in training). I finally got log-in credentials for SOEtalk and am looking forward to sharing news of alumni events and updates. SOEtalk is also recruiting alumni to serve as guest authors, so if you’ve ever wanted to give blogging a try, just send me an email at!


Ann Kolakowski, Director of Alumni Relations