iZoom, Wordle and Comparison Charts

A wordle containing rearranged words from this blog about inclusive technologies

A wordle containing rearranged words from this blog about inclusive technologies

http://www.Wordle.net/. Images of Wordles are licensed .

I used Wordle to create the “word cloud” above using some of the text from this blog. Wordle is a great online tool to display your text in a different way, simply copy some text from a document or website, open up the Wordle webpage and paste in your text. Wordle generates “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.

Ideas for using Wordle

  • create and print out book covers for school, home or work
  • Create a title page for a topic or assignment
  • Create personalised wrapping paper or cards
  • Display brainstorming ideas
  • Use as a starter at the beginning of a lesson, display on a Interactive White Board
  • Create a Wordle to check word frequency and the main ideas in a piece of writing
  • Use as a vocabulary enrichment resource in your classroom

Who could use Wordle:

Students who have poor fine motor skills, irregular handwriting, learning difficulties, or who have a physical disability leading to difficulties with writing, teachers can use Wordle too. Anyone can use Wordle and they’re fun to create!

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Spectronics has new screen magnification software available called iZoom. To help you compare the features of iZoom with other screen magnification software we’ve decided to create a “comparison chart” so you can look for the features you need and check what software packages include them.

Even better still, all the magnification software we’ve compared on the chart is also available to download as a demonstration version, so you can spend some time evaluating it yourself before making a choice! Have a look at the comparison chart at  http://www.spectronicsinoz.com/article/magnification-software-comparison-chart

You might also like to have a look at comparison charts we’ve created for other inclusive technologies by using this link  http://www.spectronicsinoz.com/library/comparison-charts

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About Anita Raftery

Anita is a teacher who has worked in the area of special education for the last 20 years. Most recently Anita worked as a Head Teacher – Disability Consultant with TAFE and as an Assistant Principal – Vision Support in schools in the North Coast Region of New South Wales. Anita’s expertise in inclusive technology has seen her facilitate professional learning activities, coordinate the North Coast Assistive Technology Group and support the allocation and implementation of technologies for students across school and TAFE settings.

One Response to iZoom, Wordle and Comparison Charts

  1. Barbara Landsberg says:

    Cool post – love the Wordle thing Anita!

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