I am sitting here going through my Twitter feed and came across this Tweet from the Fix. It shows the results of a NBC-Wall Street Journal poll which asks readers how the president (blue cloud) is handling the shut-down as opposed to the Republicans (red cloud). Word clouds are a great way to have students quickly compare the viewpoint of a story. One idea would be to compare articles in the Wall Street Journal (conservative) and Washington Post (liberal) and to put their word clouds side by side as I have done above.
- Wordle is the original word cloud maker which produces the clouds above.
- Tagxedo lets you compare articles, Tweets, searches, RSS feeds, etc.
- ABCya and TagCrowd lets you enter in your own work which is a good way for students to see how they repeat words such as "I."