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Go Wild with Word Clouds

A word cloud is a graphical representation of word frequency and creating them can be a lot of fun for learners. They also provide practice with vocabulary, word groups and synonym. Teachers often use word clouds with students to help identify word frequency. Below you’ll find my list of favorite Word Cloud builders and resources.
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Go Wild with Word Clouds
  • John Cork says:
    Need a word cloud solution for younger students? ABCya is the perfect, easy to use word cloud creator for younger students.  Students can easily type or paste text into a box to easily create a word cloud.  Students will enjoy altering the word cloud with the easy to use graphical buttons.  When they’re finished simply save and print!
  • John Cork says:
    After experimenting with several of the “word cloud” apps out there you may be looking for ideas to successfully integrate word clouds into your teaching practice.  This informative article give you some great tips including 12 tips for using Wordle, 100 ways to use Word Clouds in the classroom and ways to integrate word clouds.  After you master the tips and tricks contained in this article please be sure and check out Part 2 of this series.
  • John Cork says:
    I've found that Wordle is the most sophisticated of the “word cloud” websites that one may come across on the Net.  This awesome tool lets you create not only single words but also phrases as well.  Personally, I use it to create Wordle posters for my classroom wall. My students love it because it promotes creativity by giving you the ability to change colors, fonts and layouts.
  • John Cork says:
    Tagxedo will appeal to your students who are creative.  Students can easily manipulate their word clouds into different shapes and sizes.  Also, they can easily change the color, font or background.  Finally, they can save their word cloud in image format!  
  • John Cork says:
    AnswerGarden is a fun and engaging way to bring word clouds to your entire classroom.  In business it is used for real-time digital brainstorming sessions and can be used similarly in the classroom.  Teachers ask a question and students reply with a word that populates the real-time “group” word cloud. Make sure and check out the quick start guide and demonstration sections on their website to get started.
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