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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.
Material Type: Animation
Technical Format: Other
Date Added to MERLOT: September 09, 2008
Date Modified in MERLOT: July 21, 2011
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Submitter: Jane Moore


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Primary Audience: Grade School, Middle School, High School, College General Ed, College Lower Division, College Upper Division, Graduate School, Professional
Mobile Compatibility: Not specified at this time
Language: English
Cost Involved: no
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Creative Commons: Creative Commons License
This work is licensed under a Attribution 3.0 United States
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Avatar for Corrie Bergeron
4 years ago

Corrie Bergeron (Content Developer/Author)

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.

Time spent reviewing site: 1+hr playing, plus MANY demos
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Avatar for Jane Moore
7 years ago

Jane Moore (Faculty)

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.
Time spent reviewing site: Several hours.
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