Wordle- Beautiful World Clouds

Found this little tool, called Wordle , via CogDog Blog .

Wordle 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 color schemes. The images you create with Wordle are yours to use however you like. You can print them out, or save them to the Wordle gallery to share with your friends.

You can also enter your or someone else’s del.cio.us username to see their tags visualized. One look and you can tell that I am mostly adding educational free web2.0 tools, games, photos and videos that have something to do with elementary school.

I can see different uses in school for this tool. Of the top of my head you could have students collaboratively add keywords of:

  • different chapters of a piece of literature that they are reading as a class
  • genre of books they are reading over the course of a year
  • news items they hear about over the course of a week
  • visualize any kind of survey results
  • adjectives that describe a character in a book, their classmates, a politician, a famous person, etc.
  • create a visual poem
  • their hopes for the future
  • next ten words that you can think of

Here is one created with some random keywords I entered:

You can easily change fonts, colors and layout of your cloud.

Have fun in being creative with your words. I am amazed at the new perspectives visualization tools are opening up.

What other uses can you envision in the classroom?

Check out mrmayo’s Year in Review on Wordle.

Another Year in Review from Remote Access