Learning technology tools – Wordle (#edumooc)

In my week 3 learning objectives post, I asked what technology others were using. Rebecca OGM mentioned Wordle in her post, and a lurker friend also mentioned it to me on Facebook. So I had to give it a try to see what it was all about. Honestly, I don't really get it. I decided to try pasting the text of all my #edumooc blog posts into the tool to see what came of it. After a little bit of tweeking, here is what I produced:

Wordle: Rebecca's #eduMOOC blog posts

It is interesting, and was fun, but I still don't see what the point is. I suspose I could use it for a title page for a presentation – that could be fun. So, those of you who actually use Wordle, what do you use it for?

6 Comments on Learning technology tools – Wordle (#edumooc)

  1. I have used them as graphics for websites (no urls to cite presently) to convey the content.  The most recent one was in support a web page showing the career opportunities for Electrical Engineering students.  I put in phrases instead of just words" like  Power & Energy and Software Development.

  2. Have used it for presentations (as i already said!) — love the idea of using to make a visual of student feedback. May try that this year with peer feedback to instigate discussion… Am also thinking of asking students to use wordle as a launching point in terms of a visual to present their philosophies of education or worldviews, to others…
    N.

  3. Hi Rebecca, I love Wordle!  Great visuals for presentations. I've used it with a student surveys for the open question/commments.  It's also useful to quickly get a sense of trends from a source…e.g. a twitter feed or blog feed.

    • Sean,
      Per chance do you have an example of a survey that I can see? I don’t get how you would use it.
      For trends, I could see it, perhaps, as an interesting qualitative analysis tool. Plug in your transcripts and see what words pop out!
      Cheers,
      Rebecca

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