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# Are U using Wordle in Mathematics???

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. You can tweak your clouds with different fonts, layouts, and color schemes. The images you create with Wordle are yours to use however you like. You can print them out, or save them to the Wordle gallery to share with your friends.
http://www.wordle.net/

Here is a Wordle of members of Mathematics 24x7

What do you think about it? What are its possibilities in Math teaching?
Let us start generating innovative ideas....

A presentation on how to use Wordle?

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My first thought is to dump a whole math book into it to see how "important" each concept really is
John Faig said:
My first thought is to dump a whole math book into it to see how "important" each concept really is

Have you really experimented it ???
This is what I tried with content of chapter pair of linear equations in two variables...

Wordle is one of the most beautiful ways to visualize frequency distributions. You can dump a bunch of numbers and it will find the mode for you. It can also handle multimodal distributions.

My kid is using it in creative writing projects to check if she's been abusing/overusing any words.

Of course, for me it's always just an elegant way to visualize statistics. Stick Obama and McCain speeches into it, for example, to see Interesting Things (TM) and then talk about math of the said interesting things.
Wordle is one of the most beautiful ways to visualize frequency distributions. You can dump a bunch of numbers and it will find the mode for you. It can also handle multimodal distributions.

My kid is using it in creative writing projects to check if she's been abusing/overusing any words.

Of course, for me it's always just an elegant way to visualize statistics. Stick Obama and McCain speeches into it, for example, to see Interesting Things (TM) and then talk about math of the said interesting things.

Thanks Maria for sharing this wonderful idea. My students have to prepare a Math project on analysing text. They have to find which word has maximum frequency , etc. I will try it out.
I liked these Wordle Ideas
I do use wordle, but have been thinking about using it in Geometry... Put all of the Theorems from a chapter and see what it looks like - Have the students then deconstruct back into the Theorems... Should give them some insight into the construct.
Now that is a heck of an idea... finding the mode...

Rashmi Kathuria said:
Wordle is one of the most beautiful ways to visualize frequency distributions. You can dump a bunch of numbers and it will find the mode for you. It can also handle multimodal distributions.

My kid is using it in creative writing projects to check if she's been abusing/overusing any words.

Of course, for me it's always just an elegant way to visualize statistics. Stick Obama and McCain speeches into it, for example, to see Interesting Things (TM) and then talk about math of the said interesting things.

Thanks Maria for sharing this wonderful idea. My students have to prepare a Math project on analysing text. They have to find which word has maximum frequency , etc. I will try it out.
I could not wait trying this out.
This is the result...
WORDLE THEOREMS
Jim Carlton said:
I do use wordle, but have been thinking about using it in Geometry... Put all of the Theorems from a chapter and see what it looks like - Have the students then deconstruct back into the Theorems... Should give them some insight into the construct.
An Example of using Wordle in Math Classroom

Wordle in Math
I go through the vocabulary from a unit that we are currently working on and create images to post in the classroom or to give to students. It might also be interesting to have the students create their own version, moving the words around so that they are "connecting" them according to their own understanding.
Phooey - couldn't find my name

;>)

Jim Carlton