Cool Tool of the Week

During our New Horizons presentation, Anne Stahl mentioned the “IKEA Effect” as part of her discussion of owning something of value as a source of pleasure.  We seem to value things more when we have participated in their construction.  For teachers and students alike, Wordle™ offers an opportunity to build a beautiful word cloud using terms from a particular discipline or topic.  I use a Wordle™ for the banner on my BlackBoard site:

Making a Wordle™ might be used to help students identify the most important topics in a lesson while adding related words in smaller fonts.  For those of us with limited artistic abilities, Wordle lets us make something beautiful and fuctional.