The DPS Keeping up with the Marians group met this week and we played with a few fun tools.
Here are the highlights:
www.wordle.net is a website that creates a word cloud from any text you cut-and-paste into a text box. This handy tool can become a great visual tool. Remember that with tag clouds, the more a word is used, the larger it is in comparison to the others, so this tool can create some interesting configurations. Students can use it to create a tag cloud about themselves at the beginning of the semester, it can be used for a word wall, or to compare similar texts. A neat online use of this tool can be found at http://blog.foreignpolicy.com/node/9718 which uses wordle to visually compare the four 2008 accepatnce speeches.
We played a bit with www.sliderocket.com an online slideshow program with music.