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Fun with Text

Fun with Text

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Published by Cyndi Danner-Kuhn
Word Clouds and more
Word Clouds and more

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Published by: Cyndi Danner-Kuhn on Feb 06, 2013
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Startwith Tom Barrett’sForty-Four Interesting Ways* to use Wordle in the Classroom.Check out Shelly Terrell’s12 Word Cloud Resources, Tips, & Tools. Marisa Constantinides has another great post with word cloud examples. Phil Bradley also has anice post comparing word cloud apps. Michael Gorman has a greatpost with a lengthy title:I Can Back OffMy Blogging, Turn Down My Tweeting, And Even Wrap Up My Wiki, ButI Can’tWane My Wordling.At the bottomof that post you can also find links to several other Wordle-related posts he has written.Michael Gormanhas a great post with a lengthy title:I Can Back Off My Blogging, Turn Down My Tweeting, And Even Wrap Up My Wiki, But I Can’tWane My Wordling.At the bottom of that post you can also find links to several  other Wordle-related posts he has written.
 
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“Learning With Computers,” the excellent online global community of ESL/EFLteachers exploring how to effectively use technology with students, has thismonth’s activity focused onusing word clouds with students.Check-out the wiki filledwith examples, and contribute yourown.Tagxedois a new and neat word cloud generator.The creator of Wordlecalls it not somuch an “alternative” to Wordleas much as “Wordle – the nextgeneration”.Russell Stannard from Teacher Training Videos has just made a “howto” video on creating and using different Word Cloud generators.He also has written a goodpost titled “What Is A Word Cloud?”War Wordsis an interesting interactive from The Wall Street Journal. It shows “wordclouds” to illustrate howU.S. Presidents havespoken about the Iraq War since2003. I’m including it in this post as an example of how they can be used.The Answer Gardenis an intriguing combination of a survey tool and a wordcloud generator. Without requiring any registration, it lets you pose a question towhich people can write their own short answers. The answers appear as a wordcloud below the question, with the words changing in size based on how oftenthey are used in responses. Responders have the option of writing in their ownanswer or clicking on one of the words already in the word cloud. The entire“garden” can be embedded in a blog or website, and you can also link to it. Thefact that anybody can answer anything to the question without identifyingthemselves makes it problematic — to say the least — in many school settings.But incertain mature situations, it could be very useful.Free Tools Challenge #10: Word clouds with Wordlecomes from Edublogs.Typein a user name intoTweet Topic Explorerand you’ll get a multi-colored wordcloud in “bubbles.” UsingWordles To Teach Foreign Language Writingis a useful study. Summer PD: New Teacher Boot Camp Week 1 – Using Wordlecomesfrom Edutopia.Word clouds considered harmfulis an interesting post from the NiemanJournalism Lab.HTML5 Word Cloud: Text Analyzeris fromDevalyne BrittviaLaura Gibbs.

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