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Wordle

Wordle

Tool that allows the user to insert text and create a word picture or word cloud. It is a visual opportunity to see the importance of words in a particular instance.
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Corrie Bergeron
Corrie Bergeron (Content Developer/Author)
6 years ago

A wonderful tool for creating "word clouds" from text.  You paste in a bunch of text - a poem, perhaps, a Presidential speech, a chapter from a book, anything. The more times the word appears in the text, the larger the font.  You can play with the font face, color, and text orientation sixteen ways from Sunday.  You can also print now - you don't have to take a screen shot.

A colleague doing her doctoral research on educational leadership interviewed a number of college presidents and provosts about their philosophies of educational leadership.  The transcripts produced beautiful maps of their committment to students and learning.  She printed them out in color, framed them, and gave them as gifts to the interviewees.

Used in course? Yes
Time spent reviewing site: 1+hr playing, plus MANY demos
Jane Moore
Jane Moore (Faculty)
9 years ago
Wordle is a great tool for brainstorming. You can take minutes in a session and then pop the text into Wordle and provide a word picture that tells the tale of the discussion.

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You can use a screenshot of the Wordle cloud rather than posting on the site if you prefer.
Used in course? Yes
Time spent reviewing site: Several hours.