Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Linguistic Curiosity

When I was at the NCTE recently, one presenter talked about recent technological resources available to teachers and students. One site she mentioned was "Wordle." Here's an example of a wordle based on Sitzman ABC:


As you can see, it takes the most-frequently used words in a site, article, or any other printed selection, and then arranges the words in an interesting graphic. 

The presenter did point out that the big comment about Wordle is, "Oh, that's nice. But how can we use it in a class?" That's a good point. At the very least, it's aesthetically pleasing, but can you think of any way you could use a wordle, either as a student or a teacher? Tell us in the comments section, or make your own here.

Thanks for reading, and have a great day!

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