Friday, May 22, 2009

Wordle: Play with words!

This image was generated by a unique website called Wordle.

I 'fed' Wordle the contents of this blog and it generated a collage of the most frequently used words in the blog.

Think about it; what would you see it you fed Wordle a page from Shakespeare, or the names of all the kids in your class? What we have here, is a way to play with words that will intrigue our students; and let's admit it... this will be fun for us too!

Five Reasons to Use Wordle in the Classroom by Terry Freedman

For a quick tour of how Wordle can be used by educators read this informative post from Terry Freeman. Here are Freedman's ideas on how to use this tool:
  • As a means of summarizing the content of an essay or other piece of work.
  • Wordle is handy for self-reflection.
  • Wordle can be used by the teacher as a means of assessment.
  • Wordle is also good for summonsing survey results where the survey uses free text fields.
  • Wordle is just as good a way as any to break up the text a bit!

I couldn't resist creating another Wordle image based on my new article in the Writing Teacher: Tired of Being a Red Ink Slave to Corrections?

Go ahead... make your day... play with words with Wordle!

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