Wednesday, February 22, 2012


While I love Wordles and think they are really cool when analyzing large pieces of work and getting an idea for themes, this lesson confused me.  I think it is a good supplementary material but I don't see how it could really help when trying to revise a paper.  This project seemed to focus on the Wordle instead of the writing and the actual revision process.  I see how it can be used to analyze the unity of a piece but I don't know...I guess I'm just not seeing the larger picture of using a Wordle in context with papers.  I really liked Rachel's idea of using it in vocabulary lessons and having the students try to come up with the word from the definition  turned into a Wordle so let me know if you came up with any other ideas!

1 comment:

  1. I have to agree with you Hanah. Wordles are pretty interesting...but what is the value of a frequency count? I did see my Interpreting Literature students using it in an interesting way.

    Pairs of students are to facilitate the class discussion each day, based on the reading. They opened wordle, asked each classmate to sum up the reading with one word, and they posted those words in Wordle. When they created their wordle, it showed which descriptive word classmates used the most.

    It was nice for a starting off point to show the similarities that some of the students had, and it showed the variety of words used. But after that ...well, it was kind of anti-climatic. now what?

    i know there is a little bit of literature out there on the use of wordles....but i don't know how much. it would be interesting to see how others use it.