*a blog note from the Worlde creator (see bottom of page)

"Wordle is a toy for generating “word clouds” from text that you provide. The clouds give greater prominence to words that appear more frequently in the source text. You can tweak your clouds with different fonts, layouts, and color schemes. The images you create with Wordle are yours to use however you like. You can print them out, or save them to the Wordle gallery to share with your friends."

This is a free tool developed by Jonathan Feinberg while working for IBM. An explanation and credits page can be found here: http://www.wordle.net/credits It's an interesting story of brainiacs who create for fun and share for free.

They can be used for rosters, research and summary, character studies, personal likes and dislikes, to find the most important words in a text...
Please add other applications.

6 ways to use word clouds in the classroom:

*Please don't make the parents mad:

Somewhere out there, a mother is angry.

from Wordle Blog
I still get a lot of email about Wordle every week. Some of it is questions I can deflect to the FAQ or to the forum, some of it is feature requests which I always decline, some of it is praise, and some is criticism. But I think this is a new one: RAGE!
  • Subject: wordle - you've got to be kidding!
  • My daughters school had us TRY to use wordle, what a joke! I can't get it to work, clicked on your not working link and just about choked, do you really think the average parent has the time to try and figure out what is wrong - really upgrading Java possibly, firewall issues, we are not programmers. Any tool that can not be easily used won't be used. I'm not wasting any more time trying to figure out why my computer won't let me run your program, again just an average user here, and I've NEVER had a problem before this trying to get something to run.
This is precisely why I wish teachers wouldn't assign Wordle as homework. Well, it's one of two reasons. The other is that I really intended Wordle to be something fun, and my own experience of homework those many decades ago has soured me on the concept. Although, perhaps the writer of that note would have benefited from some essay-writing.
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