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<p>1</p> <p>ETP EdTech Resource/Tool* Review Rubric</p> <p>*(Website/Mobile App/Web 2.0) (Updated 9.23.2015)</p> <p>Criteria</p> <p>Score</p> <p>(out of 5)</p> <p>Educational Value: </p> <p>Does the EdTech Resource/Tool have educational value? How much does the resource contribute to learning? Is it worth to sign up and create an account with this EdTech Resource/Tool for Teachers or Students?</p> <p>2</p> <p>Creativity, Fun &amp; Interactivity: </p> <p>Is the EdTech Resource/Tool creative and original? Does the EdTech Resource/Tool use innovative ways to engage users? Does the resource encourage creative thinking? Is the EdTech Resource/Tool interactive? Is it fun to use the EdTech Resource/Tool ?</p> <p>3</p> <p>Intuitive Interface: </p> <p>Does the interface is simple and intuitive? Does the EdTech Resource/Tool have user-friendly menus, buttons, guides, controls etc.?</p> <p>5</p> <p>Visual Design &amp; Optimization: </p> <p>Does the EdTech Resource/Tool have a great looking interface and other design elements (color choice, graphics etc)? </p> <p>5</p> <p>Stability &amp; Promises: </p> <p>Does the EdTech Resource/Tool work all the time? Does it crash or does it have bugs? Does the EdTech Resource/Tool meet its promises as claimed in its description? </p> <p>1</p> <p>Value for Price:</p> <p>Is the EdTech Resource free or paid? Does it have a good value for the price?</p> <p>5</p> <p>Editors Score: (Average)</p> <p>3.5</p> <p>Name of the Reviewer: </p> <p>Serkan Demirel</p> <p>Name of the Resource Reviewed: </p> <p>Wordle</p> <p>What is this Resource? </p> <p>Word Clouds</p> <p>Link to the resource:</p> <p>http://www.wordle.net/</p> <p>Price:</p> <p>Free</p> <p>Platforms: (PC, Mac, Android, IOS, etc.)</p> <p>Internet Browsers</p> <p>Appropriate for Grade Levels: (K-16)</p> <p>3-12</p> <p>Editors Score: (Average of all scores)</p> <p>3.5</p> <p>Main Article: (Description of the resource/tool? What does the resource do? How does it work? How did you like it? What are the advantages and limitations?)</p> <p>My first impression was good about this tool. At my first visit, I easily found the page where we work on the artwork. Instruction was simple paste in bunch of text. I have exactly done that but right after hitting Go, it suggested me follow the link not working? On the help page, I clicked first link I saw and installed a java plug-in. It didnt work out. I got the following warning The Chrome browser does not support NPAPI plug-ins and therefore will not run all Java content. Switch to a different browser (Firefox, Internet Explorer or Safari on Mac) to run the Java plug-in.More info. I tried Microsoft Edge and I have got the following warning In Windows 10, the Edge browser does not support plug-ins and therefore will not run Java. Switch to a different browser (Firefox or Internet Explorer 11) to run the Java plug-in. More info. I was about to give up and write a bad review but I, in order, tried the Chromebook and Safari on my Mac, they didnt work either. After some trials, and java updates, I managed to get it worked. I pasted in a bunch of text to the box, and the rest was magic at least I thought it was.</p> <p>Educational uses and applications for Education/classroom: (How could this app be used for education? Specific activities, examples)</p> <p>I think this tool can be used in ELA and digital design and web mastering classes. For example, the artwork created with this tool can be inserted on main page to emphasize some certain terms.</p> <p>Pros/Advantages: (Short sentences, brief information) </p> <p>Free</p> <p>You may take a Wordle, put it on your book cover, your t-shirt, your campaign poster, what have you. You may get rich off it. If you want to give credit to wordle.net, feel free! But it's not required.</p> <p>Easy navigation</p> <p>Lovely colors</p> <p>Cons/Disadvantages: (Short sentences, brief information) </p> <p>Not reliable, at least it takes too much time to get it working for the first time.</p> <p>Not supported on Microsoft Edge and Google Chrome.</p> <p>It is a Java based tool. To my experience, Java plug-ins give too much trouble if its not today, tomorrow for sure.</p> <p>Summary: </p> <p>I didnt have a smooth experience with Wordle. It doesnt have a reliable base. You have to go through many unexpected situations to get it working for the first time and the end it still may not work as in my case. I created work at the end but I was neither able to save it as png nor print it out. Apparently, there became some trust issues between the Java plug-in and operating system. I was already tired and did not spend more time on it.</p> <p>Tags or Keywords:</p> <p>Wordle, Word Clouds, </p> <p>ATTACH PICTURES: (Logo or screenshots)</p> <p>Developed by Dr. Bulent Dogan, EdTechPeople.com</p>

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