Wordle

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Lexdis word cloudWordle is a useful way of making 'word clouds' or 'tag clouds' from an article, speech, essay etc. "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."  It is also possible to add them to web pages and blogs.

The tool can be a useful way of seeing the main points discussed and several people have used them to review speeches such as those given by Marther Luther KIng. The use of colour can change the look and feel of the cloud as highlighted in the Obama speech when compared to that given by John McCain and that provided by the Daily Telegraph.

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