Apparently I have underestimated the humble Word cloud.
- Michael Gorman has 108 uses across the curricular areas
- David Andrade has some great Tagxedo tricks
- Jen Wagner has some great resources on teaching with Wordle.
So this semester I am using Word Clouds as a way to introduce ourselves in my online class. Trying to come up with key words that sum up your personality may be one of my favorite ways of using word clouds, plus it is much more interesting to read as a participant. Every student is asked to create a word cloud and post to the discussion board (see previous post on my love/hate relationship with discussion boards).
Here is my Tagxedo Introduction Word Cloud
This allows me to introduce Word Clouds in a fun way, but also hint at some of the potential later on, without spending a good deal of time on them.
Sometimes just because it's simple, doesn't mean it's easy.