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Sunday, March 27, 2011

Wordle Flashback

Two years ago I was excited enough about Web 2.0 tools to actually start this blog. I started with Wordle, a simple word cloud generator. After all this time, I must admit I am still passionate about using Wordle. I find myself using it regularly in my teaching, even though several new word tag generators have evolved, including Taxedo, Tag Cloud, and the ever-popular WordPress rotating tag cloud.

Still, I love Wordle for it's simplicity. Just go to the Wordle website, type some text into a box, click a button and your text becomes a Word Cloud. Anyone can do it, but the real trick is in how it's used. After all, words that appear more frequently within the text appear larger in size within the word cloud.

Here are my top 3 favorite ways to use Wordle:
  1. Copy and paste the text from a few good articles about a specific topic into Wordle to get the main ideas and vocabulary. Use it as a starting point for a lesson to help students construct knowledge.
  2. Copy and paste student generated text into Wordle for self-analysis of writing. Words and phrases that are overused will jump out.
  3. Wordle a current event topic, then use it to generate a classroom discussion.
My goal this week is to see if we can build on the Wordle ideas we started a long time ago. Please view the list of ideas and contribute ideas of your own.
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1 comment:

Nancy said...

I used to LOVE Wordle, but like many programs sites are challenged and improved...Tagxedo is my new favorite. Here is a Word Cloud of MLK I made, from his "I Have a Dream" speech...NOTE: I tried to upload a picture and couldn't do it to the comment box, so here's a link to my MLK Live Binder, with a Tagxedo of MLK on the cover...check it out!

http://www.livebinders.com/play/play?id=277900

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