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. It is a quick and easy way to make a data visualization using words. It can be a source of interesting conversation about WHY certain words display more prominently and what that prominence means.
1) Give student a short text from your class to play with using Wordle.
2) Ask students to try a few different versions of a Wordle visualization on the text, outside of class-time, and ask them to compare the versions.
3) Ask students to come to class ready to explain what they noticed in the comparisons: how did the Wordle images make them think differently about the text? what did the visualization prompt them to see or consider?
Faculty point of contact:
- Pam Lach (Digital Humanities Librarian). email@example.com