This I Believe

From a 1950’s radio program to the 21st Century student, this is an inspiring example of how a statement of belief shared blindly over the airwaves has become the beginning of many in-depth conversations.

The NPR site the audio files:

A blog on students writing their own belief statements:

An early class project:

The most recent project including enhanced interaction between the student authors and the world beyond:


Wordle allows users to quickly take a piece of text and transform it into a word cloud or visual representation.  In the classroom, this can be used as a daily opening activity, or a part of a student project. 


Wordle can be found online at

This amazing blog post at Technology and Learning discusses combines Wordle uses from many educators, and has an embedded slide show with great ideas for classroom use.