Wednesday, May 07, 2008

Visual Literacy - Part 2

We spent some time in the later part of the morning looking at some amazing tools for examining text. The first one should be of interest to Monica.

TextArc - A TextArc is a visual representation of a text—the entire text (twice!) on a single page. A funny combination of an index, concordance, and summary; it uses the viewer's eye to help uncover meaning.
Be sure to explore the Alice in Wonderland link.

US Presidential Speeches Tag Cloud - This tag cloud shows the popularity, frequency, and trends in the usages of words within speeches, official documents, declarations, and letters written by the Presidents of the US between 1776 - 2007 AD. The dataset consists of over 365 documents downloaded from Encyclopedia Britannica,, and WhiteHouse.Gov.

I'm not sure how I'll use these, but I'm going to share them with teachers and see what they think.

1 comment:

  1. Tricia, I came across the Alice TextArc some years ago. It is very, very cool, I agree!