It’s been a long time since I last wrote on this blog (it was 2010 when i posted that thing about description!). I admit it and am really sorry because I have abandoned this play-ground. 😄
So, I promise that I’d try to post and update more often.
And as an apology, I’d like to introduce you to this great site: Wordle!
Read this brief description the site provides for its visitors:
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.
So, basically you insert an article or a text, and then you create a word cloud like this one I made the other day. It’s on Global Warming.
You can print it, or if you want to edit it, you can simply print-screen the site, and paste it in your word processor program.
What I like from Wordle is the interesting layout and you can also customize the colors of your words. Also, it has an awesome collection of fonts (and I love it much, my favorite one is Grilled Cheese XD).
Word Cloud can really help you in your teaching. You can use it to teach vocabulary. Perhaps you want to teach your students a list of new words. So, instead of giving them a list of conventional 1-10 or 1-20 new words, you can input the list into Wordle, with some modification like repeating some words so that they appear bigger than others, and create the cloud. Your students will going to love it more. Or you can also use it to introduce a topic of a text before your students read it the text. It’s like giving the cloud and asking students to guess what the text will be about.
Well, enjoy playing with Wordle, and don’t forget to leave your comment or ideas if you want to add more about how you use this site! 😀