Thursday, October 15, 2009

Lecture Notes as a Wordle

Wordle is an online application that makes clouds out of words. Paste in your text, or use a link to a blog or a web page that uses RSS or even the URL of a delicious social bookmarking account to grab the delicious tags; adjust the settings for font, layout and colour and then click the £randomize" button to rearrange the words until you find a pleasing layout.

Here's an example of a Wordle of my lecture notes on defining video games. It's so much easier to see what I was getting at, and what the important bits are, when the words are arranged like this:

Wordle: lecture notes

Click on the image to open a larger version. (Wordles can be uploaded to the Wordle gallery, or downloaded to your own computer as an image file which you can use as a form of textual analysis, as wallpaper for your PC, or just a way of storing the minutes of meetings!

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