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Fun With Text: Word Clouds

Fun With Text: Word Clouds

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Published by Cyndi Danner-Kuhn
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Published by: Cyndi Danner-Kuhn on May 24, 2013
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Dig Deep to learn!!!
Start with Tom Barrett’sForty-Four Interesting Ways* to use Wordle in theClassroom.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 great post with a lengthy title:I CanBack Off My Blogging, Turn Down My Tweeting, And Even Wrap Up My Wiki, But I Can’tWaneMy Wordling.At thebottom of that post you can also find links to several otherWordle-related posts he has written.Michael Gorman has a great post with a lengthy title:I CanBack Off My Blogging, Turn Down My Tweeting, And Even Wrap Up My Wiki, ButI Can’tWane My Wordling.At the bottom of that post you can also find linksto several other Wordle-related posts he has written.“Learning With Computers,” the excellent online global community of ESL/EFLteachers exploring how to effectively use technology with students, hasthis month’s activity focused onusing word clouds with students.Check-out the wiki filled with examples, and contribute your own.
The best Resources for learning about
Word Clouds
Tagxedois a new and neat word cloud generator.The creator of Wordlecalls it not so much an “alternative” to Wordle as much as “Wordle – the nextgeneration”.Russell Stannard from Teacher Training Videos has just made a “how to” video on creating and using different Word Cloud generators. He also has written agood post titled “What Is A Word Cloud?”War Wordsis an interesting interactive from TheWall Street Journal. It shows “word clouds” to illustrate how U.S. Presidents have spoken about the Iraq Warsince 2003. 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 towhichpeople can write their own short answers. The answers appear as a wordcloudbelow the question, with the words changing in size based on how oftenthey are used in responses. Responders have the optionof writing in their ownanswer or clicking on one of the words already in the word cloud. The entire“garden” can be embedded ina 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 — inmany school settings.But in certain mature situations, it could be very useful.Free Tools Challenge #10: Word clouds with Wordlecomes from Edublogs.Type in a user name intoTweet Topic Explorerand you’ll get a multi-coloredword cloud in “bubbles.”Using Wordles To Teach Foreign Language Writingis a useful study.Summer PD: New Teacher Boot Camp Week 1 – Using Wordlecomes fromEdutopia.Word clouds considered harmfulis an interesting post from the NiemanJournalism Lab.HTML5 Word Cloud: Text Analyzeris fromDevalyne BrittviaLaura Gibbs. Jason Davies has developed a new interactiveworld cloud generatorthat lets you use Twitter, Wikipedia or a URL address.
The Assignment
1.UsingWordle(http://www.wordle.net /) create an image
that describes you
Minimum of 25 words
, but the more words the better, the more words you use,the more interesting your design will be. Be warned, Wordle does not seem towork with Internet Explorer, try Safari, Firefox or Chrome. You might have toinstall the JAVA plug-in and restart your browser.2.
iPad Users
: Apps for making word clouds on your Ipad are listed at the bottomof this document with links to the app store. Look at all before deciding whichones to use.3.Take a screen capture (picture) of your design, this will give you an image thatcan be added to your website. Instructions for how make a screen capture at onthe Help Logo of Week 2.4.
Now make a SECOND Fun with Text project,
usingTagexdo, ORTagulor one of the tools mentioned in the article12 Cool Word Cloud Generatorsor in theresources above or from the options listed on theFun with Textpage from the oftheTechnology Keys Wiki. Or on the iPad an different app.5.
The topic for this second image you are making
should be about teaching
your content area,
Something or anything related to education.6.Take a screen capture of your second design, this will give you another imagethat will be
added to the SAME post/place on your website.
7.Write a reflection to go with the 2 images. How you think you could use thesetypes of tools in
your classroom
, make sure your reflection has at least onespecific curriculum idea and show both the images your made along with thereflection. Both images and the reflection are one entry on your website.Title:
Fun with Text-Word Clouds
A few iPad App possibilities (there may be others, do some hunting andsharein your reflection what you find.

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