Wordle – Beautiful Word Clouds
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 even create a Wordle with your delicious tags! I started using delicious in the Fall of 2008 when I took ETEC 512. This was my first introduction to social bookmarking. Therefore, I have aptly named this Wordle “3 courses later” as it is a word cloud of tags pertaining to my studies thus far.
I will be using Wordle with my grade one students next year. As a first idea, we will brainstorm words that either start with the same letter or have a common sound in them (I teach French Immersion). We will be able to do this with the SMART Board in my classroom. What I would like to do is print off our Wordles and make a classroom book. I can see many uses for this application and am excited to share it with the rest of the teaching staff at my school!
Here is another Wordle! This one is created using the RSS feed of my ETEC 565 blog. John, can you find your name?