Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Cool Idea for Wordle Word Clouds

"Guess the Word Cloud"
http://projectsbyjen.com/GTW/

How I plan to implement this idea in my classroom:

I plan to create word clouds for each unit in my World Studies class. I'll make copies of the word clouds for my students. They will need to name either the country, person, event, or issue dealt with  in each word cloud.

I also plan to create word clouds from the "I Have a Dream Speech" and "Letter from Birmingham Jail" for my United States History students. I'll ask the kids to examine the words used in both pieces. We'll discuss the common and unique themes of each.

Examples for Civil Rights History:
http://www.wordle.net/show/wrdl/3224290/Guess_the_Word_Cloud_Activity
http://www.wordle.net/show/wrdl/3224211/Guess_the_Word_Cloud_Activity
http://www.wordle.net/show/wrdl/3224252/Guess_the_Word_Cloud_Activity

Research on the use/value of word clouds:
http://www.research.ibm.com/visual/papers/wordle_final2.pdf

3 comments :

Jack said...
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marija said...

I'm putting together a list of the top 100 high school teacher blogs and I was wondering if I could interview you via e-mail to include more information in my article. Please e-mail me at alexisbrett@gmail.com and include the title of your blog in the e-mail, thanks!

Lea Hansen said...

marija....Cool! I'll be in touch.