Tagxedo – an alternative to Wordle?

I’ve found a new ‘wow – is this an incredible‘ blog. Freetech4teachers.com 

Not surprisingly, Richard Byrne (the author) has won multiple international awards  his work. Today’s stunner is an alternative to Wordle.

I like this line – Currently the gallery is under construction, and here are some tag clouds I made myself. Eventually users will be able to submit their artwork to the gallery (though it will be moderated to make this a kids-friendly place).

THIS is a word cloud


Crystal Ball – regazed

A few months ago I mentioned the NMC 2009 report.

Last week they launched the 2010 report, and it’s fascinating how quickly some of this is becoming ‘main stream’.

A few observations from the group ..

The abundance of resources and relationships made easily accessible via the Internet is increasingly challenging us to revisit our roles as educators in sense-making, coaching, and credential
People expect to be able to work, learn, and study whenever and wherever they want to. 
The technologies we use are increasingly cloud-based, and our notions of IT support are decentralized. 
The work of students is increasingly seen as collaborative by nature, and there is more  crosscampus collaboration between departments. 
Digital media literacy continues its rise in importance as a key skill in every discipline and profession.
The authors then list key technologies and the expected time frames for ‘mainstream use’
Here’s an interesting one scheduled for 4 years out – Visual Data Analysis.
Looks like our Library service forgot to read the script ..

For the full report – 2010-Horizon-Report