Keep ’em Buzzy Blog Hop

We have an awesome Blog Hop this weekend! We are presenting ideas for craft projects to do this summer with your kids, grand-kids or for summer camp and classes or just for you to try out. My kids are grown, but I came up with a craft using technology that they could participate in, even the one who lives across the country! Gotta love technology! I was inspired to make a Wordle craft, when I saw one hanging in a teacher friend's house that someone had made for her. The first thing I did was make a form in Google Docs for my family members to fill out. I use Google Docs a lot and I love it. I use it to give tests to my students that can be automatically graded. I have made forms for voting for student council, favorite books, class choices. You need a Google account and then click on Google Drive. On the left side click on "create" and then move down and click on "form". Fill in the blanks to make your form. There are several formats that you can use to make a form: multiple choice, check boxes, paragraphs. I used a text box. When I was done, it looked like this: I listed each member of my family and asked that everyone think of 10 words to describe each person. Not everyone came up with 10 but I was happy with whatever they came up with. The words can be descriptive, like cute and smart, or about the person's life: teacher, librarian, reader, etc. I copied the URL for the form and sent it to each member of my family and asked that they fill out the form. I had to prod a couple of them a couple of times, but eventually they all filled it out. They came up with some interesting words. One person gave each family member a color. Mine is purple. I don't know why. I got the results in a spreadsheet that looks like this: I looked through the words, deleted some that were somewhat unflattering and I capitalized each word. I didn't delete words that are duplicates because duplicates make the Wordle picture more interesting. Then I added … [Read more...]