Marians December 2008

The DPS Keeping up with the Marians group met this week and we played with a few fun tools.
Here are the highlights:

www.wordle.net is a website that creates a word cloud from any text you cut-and-paste into a text box. This handy tool can become a great visual tool. Remember that with tag clouds, the more a word is used, the larger it is in comparison to the others, so this tool can create some interesting configurations. Students can use it to create a tag cloud about themselves at the beginning of the semester, it can be used for a word wall, or to compare similar texts. A neat online use of this tool can be found at http://blog.foreignpolicy.com/node/9718 which uses wordle to visually compare the four 2008 accepatnce speeches.

We played a bit with www.sliderocket.com an online slideshow program with music.

The presentation included an argument for stronger slide presentations with examples such as the Gettysburg Powerpoint and if Lincoln had had powerpoint and garageband.

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