Using Wordle in Education « Online Blogucation My summer courses are winding down again and I wanted to try something different for my final discussion topic where students reflect on what they’ve learned that term. I decided to try using Wordle as a visual tool for summarizing text, instead of simply using the typical discussion board posts. For those of you who haven’t used Wordle before, it’s a fun tool that creates “word clouds” from text that you provide. Some of the advantages of using Wordle include that it is free and easy to use, and that you don’t need an account (so no additional passwords to remember!). Many blogs brainstorm on educational use of Wordle, and here are some interesting lists of ways to use Wordle: Using word clouds in EFL ESL Ways to use Wordle Top 20 uses of Wordle And this site goes into a little more detail with an actual classroom example of using Wordle to determine the gist of the original articles used to generate the Wordle text. So how did I decide to use Wordle? – Gail E.
Nubes de palabras con Tagxedo, Wordle y Word It Out - Tagxedo: programa generador de nubes Se trata de una aplicación on-line que no precisa ningún tipo de instalación en nuestro equipo y no es necesario suscribirse ni crear una cuenta para poder elaborar una nube de palabras con todas las funcionalidades. El interface está en inglés pero es muy intuitiva y utiliza un lenguaje técnico fácilmente comprensible. Podemos acceder a esta herramienta a través de su página. Para iniciar la aplicación hacemos clic sobre cualquiera de las tres opciones siguientes: El escritorio principal de esta aplicación es el siguiente: Como veis, aparece por defecto una nube de palabras creada sobre el contorno de una imagen de Abraham Lincolm con unos formatos predeterminados que aparecen en la parte inferior Vamos a construir nuestra nube de palabras haciendo clic en la opción "Load..." Podemos seleccionar las palabras que la compondrán a partir de tres opciones: "Webpage" : Generamos la nube a partir de la URL de una página web, pegando con Ctrl-V dicha URL. FORMA de la nube ( "Shape" ).
A Social Network Can Be a Learning Network - Online Learning By Derek Bruff Last fall, for my first-year writing seminar on the history and mathematics of cryptography, I posted my students' expository-writing essays on our course blog. The assignment had asked students to describe a particular code or cipher that we had not already discussed—how it came to be, how it works, how to crack it, who used it. About a week later, one of my students arrived at class excited. Online Learning: The Chronicle's 2011 Special Report BROWSE THE FULL ISSUE: News, Commentary, and Data BUY A COPY: Digital and Print Editions at the Chronicle Store Research by Richard Light, the author and Harvard University scholar, and others indicates that when students are asked to write for one another, they write more effectively. Since my course blog was on the open Web, my students' work could be seen by others, including Google's indexing robots and the cryptography researcher. I've been taken by this idea of having students create work for "authentic audiences."
SoulCradler » Ways to use Wordle A couple of months ago, my network of teachers went a little bit nuts over a new web2.0 application called Wordle. I blogged about it, as did many others. Andrew made me want to revisit Wordle by asking the following question on Twitter: So, educators, I am interested to know how you have used Wordle in your classrooms or as part of your work. I’ll acknowledge the flipside of my argument and point you to Dy/Dan’s post on Wordle as nothing more than eye-candy and time-filler. Here are some ways that I have utilised Wordle: For curriculum planning My team of year 8 English teachers were working to link assessment of our unit on persuasive writing to the Victorian Essential Learning Standards. For data analysis As part of our review and planning process, we decided to survey staff about the year 8 program. For student reflection I asked my students to think about the concepts, texts and ideas they had learnt about in English during semester one. For discussing a text in English
Tips for using Pinterest in the classroom A growing number of educators are using Pinterest in the classroom. Many aspiring crafters and cooking fanatics are familiar with Pinterest, a social media site set up like a virtual bulletin board in which users “pin” favorite home décor, cooking, and craft ideas. But now education is hopping on the Pinterest bandwagon, as teachers and administrators are quickly discovering that the site is replete with resources for students of all ages and abilities. Users may sign up for a Pinterest account using an eMail address, and create boards for different topics. They can search for specific ideas, or “pins,” or browse through popular pins and filter by subject. Pinterest is public, and users can follow other pinners much like they would on Twitter. Pinterest automatically links a pin back to the site it comes from, so that users do not have to remember URLs. (Next page: Popular educational Pinterest boards, and tips for using the site)
How to Learn Without Memorizing Photo by Edwin Stemp Rote memorization is an inefficient way to learn. Just retaining a single formula can mean pounding the same information into your skull dozens of times. If your computer hard drive had this accuracy, you’d probably throw it out. Unfortunately, you’re stuck with your brain. A few years ago, I noticed that smart people seemed to learn differently than most other people. While there are undoubtedly some genetic advantages that allow some people to learn effortlessly, I think part of this difference in success comes down to strategy. Is Your Brain a File Drawer or a Web of Ideas? A computer stores information as thousands of electrical 1s and 0s in a linear fashion. However, your brain isn’t a sequence of bits and bytes, so this approach doesn’t make sense. Other Forms of Learning What I’d like to advocate in this article is a more creative, spontaneous form of learning than the style you were probably coached for in school. 1. 2. 3. Examples: 4. 5. 6. 7.
Using Word Clouds in EFL ESL I've just discovered Wordle, which is a really useful site for creating word clouds. The word clouds are created by entering either a text, URL or del.icio.us user name into a field. The site then generates a word cloud based on the frequency of key words in the text or webpage. Here's what a word cloud based on the URL of this blog looks like. The word clouds are really easy to create and can be printed up for classroom use or saved to a gallery on line. To see how this is done watch the tutorial movie below. How to use this with EFL ESL studentsThis is a wonderful flexible tool to use with students.Revision of texts - You can paste in short texts that your students have studied recently. Learner training - This is a good tool for students to use regularly to help themselves. Related links: Activities for students:Best Nik Peachey
TechLearning: Bloom's Taxonomy Blooms Digitally 4/1/2008 By: Andrew Churches from Educators' eZine Introduction and Background: Bloom's Taxonomy In the 1950's Benjamin Bloom developed his taxonomy of cognitive objectives, Bloom's Taxonomy. Bloom's Revised Taxonomy In the 1990's, a former student of Bloom, Lorin Anderson, revised Bloom's Taxonomy and published this- Bloom's Revised Taxonomy in 2001.Key to this is the use of verbs rather than nouns for each of the categories and a rearrangement of the sequence within the taxonomy. Bloom's Revised Taxonomy Sub Categories Each of the categories or taxonomic elements has a number of key verbs associated with it Lower Order Thinking Skills (LOTS) Higher Order Thinking Skills (HOTS) The elements cover many of the activities and objectives but they do not address the new objectives presented by the emergence and integration of Information and Communication Technologies into the classroom and the lives of our students. Bloom's digital taxonomy map Remembering Understanding Applying Analysing Evaluating
Blogging With Students Skip to content Blogging With Students This series guides you step by step through the process of class and student blogging. Each step includes links to class blogs being used by educators so you can check out how other educators use their blogs. The activities can be completed at your own pace and in any order! This series consists of: Sign Up For Free Powered by WordPress | Hosted by Edublogs | Protected by CloudFlare AddThis Sharing Hide Show AddThis FollowShare Toggle Dock Share Close AddThisPrivacy
Get Schooled on EdTech with instaGrok - Boundless Blog As the edtech sector grows, so too do the companies at the heart of revolutionizing education. Several of these edtech startups find their footing in incubators, like Imagine K12, SIIIA Education Division, and others. At Boundless, we know how important it is to have support from both the education and tech communities to get your ideas off and running, which is why we’re pleased to introduce “Get Schooled on EdTech,” an interview series with the best and brightest minds in education technology. First up: Kirill Kireyev, Founder and CEO of instaGrok, a “next-generation search engine for learners.” What is InstaGrok? What inspired you to start the project? instaGrok is an innovative research tool for learning about any topic in a personalized and interactive way. As an avid learner myself, I am inspired by the wealth of knowledge available on the Web and the possibilities it creates of putting learning at anyone’s fingertips. What led you to apply to ImagineK12?