New Learning

August 19, 2009

eLearning in 90 seconds – Wordle

Filed under: Uncategorized — kevhickeyuk @ 2:49 pm
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What is is?

Wordle is a site where you can create a word cloud from any text.  That means it creates an image of all the words in the text, with repeated words appearing larger than others.

What can I create?

Wordcloud created by Wordle based on a news article

Wordcloud created by Wordle based on a news article

The Digital Britain report presented as a word cloud created by wordle

The Digital Britain report presented as a word cloud created by wordle

barack obama's inauguration speech as a wordcloud by wordle

barack obama's inauguration speech as a wordcloud by wordle

Where can I find out more?

Wordle  is available via http://www.wordle.net/

What are the alternatives?

http://tagcrowd.com/

Tag Crowd is similar to wordle but it does not provide options such as different font styles and colours

'Summer of 69' as a word cloud created by Tag Crowd

'Summer of 69' as a word cloud created by Tag Crowd

What can I use it for?

Use it with students to identify key words in speeches and publications

Add different definitions of the same word to find common themes.

Add an exemplar essay to see what the key themes are

Create a text based logo

Create a wordcloud based on a Wikipedia article and get students to guess what it’s about.

Please add your own suggestions in the comments sections

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1 Comment »

  1. Tom Barrett has a great blog full of ideas about useing technology for learning http://edte.ch/blog/

    He has created a number of presentations including this one on fourty interesting ways to use Wordle http://docs.google.com/present/view?id=dhn2vcv5_157dpbsg9c5

    Comment by Kev — November 13, 2009 @ 12:20 am | Reply


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