Sunday, June 22, 2008

Wordle

There's been lots of twittering and blogging from people over the last week about Wordle a word cloud generator, Joe Dale and Doug Dickinson included, so I thought I would add my fivepenny worth.

Wordle says about itself
"It is a toy for generating “word clouds” from text that you provide. The clouds give greater prominence to words that appear more frequently in the source text. You can tweak your clouds with different fonts, layouts, and colour schemes."

First it was fun dropping in some text, organising it at at the click of a button, deciding on fonts and colours and arrangement on the page and I could see creative applications for it in the classroom. Where's this from?


But then It became more serious
, looking at how, in making the most uses words bigger, a sense of the content and its mood could be determined. I read on José Picardo's Box of Tricks how he used it with 6th form students and the comments on left on his blog. So tried some wonderful prose to see what happened. So who wrote this

or perhaps another 50 words will help?



or hinder?

and for the younger reader, which Nursery Rhyme is this?








1 comment:

LindaH said...

Hi,
I'm trying it for keyword revision for my class of TAs
TA Revision