Whenever I visit a new blog there always appears to be a tag cloud hovering down in the sidebar telling me of the frequently used tag words within the posts. I often ignore the main words that are standing out by a mile, and focus on the smaller words that have crept in since they are mentioned only a few times. My tag cloud often doesn’t reflect my content at all, with ‘waffling’ and ‘waffle’ being the main words used. You might be saying that it does actually reflect my content! although I have considered tagging everything “Wilson Waffling is Great” in order smile at the tag cloud when it is displayed.
Wordle is one of the webpages that does a similar job as a tag cloud, forming a representation of the most common occurring words within the sample. Recently an iPad app came to my attention called WordPack which does a similar display of the words you enter or even a website if you input a url. But what is the use of these in teaching? Well here are my suggestions.
Unfortunately, Wordle and the app I have mentioned in this waffle weren’t around when I was teaching so I haven’t actually tried any of these suggestions, so if you want to have a go then let me know how effective the ideas were! Or, if you have used this in other ways which have been successful then let me know by sending your comments and ideas, please add them in the comments below or send me them to be via twitter(@iwilsonysj), Facebook, google+ or email.
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Have fun, engage and I’ll catch you later!