Word clouds

“Wordle is a toy for generating ‘word clouds’ from text that you provide.”  http://www.wordle.net/ It can assist students in understanding visually the frequency of use of certain words or themes in any text.

In an attempt to gain an understanding of how this program works, I pasted my Week 10 recap from my Social Science 101WW course and generated this word cloud: http://www.wordle.net/show/wrdl/2889261/Week_10_recap_from_Social_Science_101WW

By presenting such a word cloud to students, an instructor might help them understand the relative importance of certain concepts or terms.

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