You must visit Wordle. It’s an amazingly cool site that visually communicates word-frequency in a document. You simply cut-and-paste your chosen text, and it creates a picture of the most-used words in your text. The most frequent words are displayed bigger. It’s fascinating. Here’s one I just created using my exams proposal for this coming fall.
I can think of all sorts of applications for this as a teaching tool. Offering a students another tool with which to look at their own work. Also audience analysis. Discussions of discourse communities.
As a straight-ahead text-creator, it’s just simply beautiful and fun. A new tool for increasingly flexible publishing strategies and environments. Woohoo!
(Special thanks to John Walter for pointing out this site on his blog: Machina Memorialis.)