You can create a word cloud out of a text through the website www.wordle.net, and the image that is produced will show you the primary words used in a particular text. This could be an interesting exercise for analyzing the differences between two political speeches, for example, and it made me think that Word Clouds would be a great inclusion in the Public Speaking common curriculum course which is currently being developed at my college. It is exciting to see other educators’ use of technology to enhance the classroom experience, and I was interested in the ways that colleagues have thought so deeply about how to teach students to think and write through these technologies. It also got me to thinking about whether I practice what I preach.
It may be the end of the semester, but it’s never too late to think about and implement changes in the classroom. I will run this by students this week in class, and see what they think. I am sure they will have suggestions that will improve the classroom for all.