We live in a visual world. Pictures are processed 50,000 times faster than works so anytime that words can be replaced or augmented by images, then new insight and deeper meaning can be conveyed.
Wordle is a “word art” tool that analyzes text or websites to produce a visual representation of the content. Wordle analyzes the “important” words and then creates a “word cloud” where the size of the words is determined by the frequency of use. Here is an example of a Wordle graphic that has analyzed the Dr. Z Reflects site.
How Can Wordle be Used?
Wordle is cool, not doubt about it, but what are the practical applications for it? Obviously, Wordle is a tool that can be used to provide an objective analysis of our writing.
- Do we tend to use He more than She?
- Am I using I a great deal as I write about what I believe that I should be doing with my eyes?
- What words do successful authors use that makes them so appealing?
Let’s see what Wordle-using educators have to say:
- Angela Maiers talks about Wordle in the Classroom.
- Maggie Harnew in Oxfordshire, U.K. is madly in love with Wordle. She shares a variety of applications that she has developed. Says that she needs to “justify the time” she spends on Wordle. She is using it to create a series of language arts activities.
- I even found one place where they created a visualization of all of Metallica’s lyrics.
- Jonathan Feinberg, developer of Wordle, even writes a Wordle Blog.
- Rodd Lucier shared his Top 20 Uses for Wordle in his The Clever Sheep blog.
Here’s a Wordle created using the Qur’an:
Do you use Wordle? If so, how? What do you see as prime applications for this tool?
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