Dewey Decimal System

  • If you are not already using OCLC’s Dewey Decimal screensaver on your Inquiry terminals at school, then this is a good one to download from the site below.  It consists of pacman-like ‘creatures’ which bounce around the screen demolishing each Dewey Decimal background as it appears, and is very appealing to   kids.                                                                                                                                                                                       
  • If you’re looking for sites to teach the Dewey system, try these ones:  ‘KidsClick!’ – a site arranged by DDS by librarians for kids.  ‘Can you do the Dewey?’  (Level 2 is a bit hard for primary students)  ‘Let’s do Dewey’ (there is an exercise about half way down the page) ‘Dewey Decimal System at (a number of links for students and teachers including a game, webquest, and clipart)




Use this site to create amazing word pictures, or titles for booklets and PowerPoint presentations.


When you create your word picture, the more times you repeat a word, the larger it will show up in your word picture. The fewer times you repeat it, the smaller it will show up.


There are endless combinations of color schemes, fonts and layout designs, and each time you make a change the layout of the words randomly changes. It’s very difficult to exactly reproduce a word picture that you like, so save the ones you like as you go.


To save your word picture, hit the Print Screen button, then paste into a Word document. Use the picture toolbar to crop your image, then save it. You can also copy it and open in a program like Paint Shop Pro, then save as a jpeg.


Have a look at recent creations in the Wordle gallery, and save your best creations here if you would like others to see them.


At the moment there is no censorship on the word pictures created, so Wordle may not be a good website to encourage your students to use.