"Prism is a tool for "crowdsourcing interpretation." Users are invited to provide an interpretation of a text by highlighting words according to different categories, or "facets." Each individual interpretation then contributes to the generation of a visualization which demonstrates the combined interpretation of all the users. We envision Prism as a tool for both pedagogical use and scholarly exploration, revealing patterns that exist in the subjective experience of reading a text." Prism's description of itself prism.scholarslab.org Prism | Home
Copy and paste text into Prism for students, colleagues, or for crowd sourced collaboration.
Choose up to three facets for collaborators to highlight within the text.
When the facets, one to three, have been defined, save them.
Important to process is choosing a license via Creative Commons. creativecommons.org About The Licenses - Creative Commons
Step 1 - setting up your Prism
Step 2 - Collaborators access and highlight
Different colors indicate facets collaborators have highlighted.
Explanation of how the highlights work.
Click here to visualize by font size.
Because collaborators have worked on the same piece, clicking on words shows a pie chart to see a percentage of highlights. Mouse over the pie chart for more information.
Step 3 - Visualize by font size
The larger the word, the more collaborators have highlighted that word aligned to a facet.
Classroom use 1. Assign reading of complex text in all content areas. 2. Find themes in poetry. 3. Use it for authentic grammar exercises. 4. Give word problems and let students identify variables needed to solve problems. 5. Copy and paste multiple texts to compare them. 6. What other creative ideas can you come up with?
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