We CAN rebuild them.
We have the technology!
They are BETTER, STRONGER, FASTER….
This week, learn to use word clouds in a variety of ways.
First of all, what web 2.0 tools can you use to make word clouds?
1) TagCrowd – word maximum varies, paste text, upload file and link to a webpage.
2) Tagxedo – 50-600 word max, paste text, upload file and link to a webpage.
3) ToCloud – no word max, can paste text and link to a webpage.
4) Wordle – no word max, can paste text and link to a webpage.
5) Tag Cloud Generator – 30 words max and link to a webpage.
Check out the animoto video showing you 15 specific ways that you can use word clouds with your students.
As well, below are more ideas:
Text comparison – word clouds from a number of text genres and use the could to see if students can identify the genre and state the clues for their decision.
Course content – word cloud based on the course/subject area contents and/or main outcomes.
Vocabulary KWL – word cloud based on upcoming content and have the students evaluate what they already know about the topic by reviewing the word cloud
Website Evaluation – word cloud based around a topic being researched on the internet.
Readability – use word cloud as an analysis tool
For further examples, including the ones from the animoto video above, check out Tom Barrett’s slideshow.