Tech Tip – The Six Million Dollar Word Wall

Word clouds….

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.

Word clouds

 

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.

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