I recently came across a Web 2.0 tool that is new to me and I’m already hooked. It’s a tool called AnswerGarden. According to their Web site (http://answergarden.ch/), “AnswerGarden is a new minimalistic feedback tool. Use it as a tool for online brainstorming or embed it on your website or blog as a poll or guestbook.” The reason it’s called AnswerGarden is that it builds a word cloud “garden” similar to Wordle (http://www.wordle.net/), another great Web 2.0 tool, as people type in their answers to the question.
It appears to be a great tool for encouraging higher order thinking and building vocabulary because unlike Twitter that lets you type the exorbitant amount of 140 characters, AnswerGarden only allows you 20 characters. You can send a URL or embed an AnswerGarden in a blog or Wiki.
No login is required but you can create an admin password so you can edit your question, monitor the responses, and delete any inappropriate responses – not than any students would do that. :>)
Want to try it out?