Word clouds in the classroom?
There are a myriad of websites, blogs and slideshows dedicated to using word clouds in the classroom. Including Top 10 Wordle Lessons for the Classroom and 46 Interesting Ways to Use Wordle in the Classroom. Here are some of the ideas from these resources that I could see myself using;
- Students input their own work to see key themes and ideas, and assess if these match the intended purpose of the piece.
- Students analyse pieces of text through looking at the key words used (or not used) and analyse the reasons these words were so significant. Great for historical speeches, documents and newspaper reports.
- Students compare and contrast multiple texts, analyse for bias.
- Word walls
- Students can use word clouds to make profiles about their classmates.
- Students can self and peer assess by inputting assignments into a word cloud to see what themes they hit and what they missed.
- Instead of traditional graphs students can create a word cloud for class polls.
- Analyse the language used by fiction authors.
Using the text from the website Top 10 Wordle Lessons for the Classroom, I created a word cloud in Wordle to look at the key ideas for using Wordle in the classroom. It is such an easy tool to use, producing visually appealing and engaging results, that would be so useful in many classroom applications.
|Word cloud created on http://www.wordle.net/ by E Fraser using text from http://www.brighthub.com/education/k-12/articles/58905.aspx retrieved 23/5/11|
Social Bookmarking in the Classroom
I created another word cloud using a web article by Grosseck (http://www.scribd.com/doc/2413801/The-Role-of-Delicious-in-Education) to identify the key ways that a social bookmarking site such as Delicious could be used in education. Overall, delicious would be a great tool for students to locate resources, share resources with one another (contributing to collective intelligence) and for teachers to monitor and provide feedback on the research a student is doing for a particular project.
|Word cloud created on http://www.wordle.net/ by E Fraser using text from http://www.scribd.com/doc/2413801/The-Role-of-Delicious-in-Education.|