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The George W. Bush Years Summed Up in One Image | The Atlantic

The George W. Bush Years Summed Up in One Image | The Atlantic | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

 

by Conor Friedersdorf

 

"Can you guess what word he used most in his annual State of the Union addresses?"

 

"The artist Luke DuBois, who presented several interesting pieces at the Aspen Ideas Festival, once did an installation that displayed the frequency with which words were used in State of the Union addresses. "The address is in many ways the best original source material for elucidating the concerns and anxieties apparent in the national zeitgeist for a given time," DuBois argued.

 

"So he took the addresses delivered by a given president, analyzed the words that appeared most frequently, and displayed them in the style of those charts that eye doctors use to test your vision."

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Word Clouds: 125 Ways... And Counting... To Use Wordle In The Classroom

Word Clouds: 125  Ways... And Counting... To Use Wordle In The Classroom | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it
Welcome to a post I always have  fun writing. Last May I attempted finding ways to use Word Clouds (Wordle) in education. When I concluded writing that post I was at 108 possible ways. More than a ...

Via Beth Dichter, Bonnie Bracey Sutton
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Beth Dichter's curator insight, March 7, 2013 2:56 PM

Mike Gorman returns with 125 ways to use Word Clouds in your classroom. Although focused on Wordle any of the many tools available to create word clouds could be used. Gorman has taken the time to organize these ways into the following categories:

* All Subjects

* Science

* Language Arts

* Social Studies

* Math

* Health and PE and Consumer Sciences

* Art and Music 

* Foreign Languages
* Applied Arts

* Careers

Below are two of the 125 suggestions. The first one is for science.

* Create a simple food chain showing representing each population of animal by word size. In fact create a whole food web of an area or biome. Use advanced number feature.

And this one is for social studies.

* Using statistical information from a place such as CIA World Fact Book create word clouds that illustrate country statistics such as resources, ethnic groups, religions, languages, etc.  You may wish to use advanced number feature to illustrate prominence of each. 

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10 ways to use word clouds in the classroom

10 ways to use word clouds in the classroom | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it
Word clouds are a popular way of representing information and they can be seen everywhere. But how can we use them in the classroom? Here's a list of ten easy tried and tested ways to use them to s...

Via Primary English, BookChook, Claudia M. Reder, Lynnette Van Dyke, Charles Fischer
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Primary English's curator insight, March 22, 2013 11:08 AM

Ten easy ways to use word clouds to inspire reading and writing.

BookChook's curator insight, March 22, 2013 11:16 AM

Useful reminders on word cloud versatility.