Word clouds tools have a great importance in education. Many teachers use them to perform several learning activities for their students. Generally speaking, a word cloud is a graphical representation of word frequency. It basically features the prominent words that are so often cited in a piece of text. I have already reviewed some popular word cloud generators here in Educational Technology and Mobile Learning but have not really gone into details as to how teachers can use them in education. This post, however, compensates for that shortage of information and provides you with a set of tips together with a list of free tools to help you discover and learn more about the educational uses of word clouds generators.
Tips for teachers on how to use word clouds tools
Some of the tips included here are provided by 21st Century Edtech
- Use word cloud tools to brain storm a topic or create a discussion either inside the class or online
- Use them to teach vocabulary
- Use them in reading activities to promote comprehension
- Students can use them to feature important ideas from a discussion or a video content
- The entire class can use word clouds to react to a certain topic
- Have students create word clouds that generate understanding of a concept, standards or vocabulary word.
- Illustrate classroom thoughts or views using a word cloud to survey students.
- Create a class word cloud that highlights class expectation
- Post students first names to create a class or group word cloud
Here is a list of free Word Cloud Generators :
This is a great tool for generating word clouds from text that you provide. Words that appear more frequently in your text tend to have more prominence. Worlde also allows it users to customize their clouds with various fonts, layouts and colours. Once done you can print out your clouds or save them to Worlde gallery to share with others.
This is a web service that enables users to create awesome word clouds. It also has more or less the same functions as Worlde above . It requires a sing up.
3- Word It Out
This is another awesome word cloud tool. It is very simple and easy to use. Just type in your text and click on word it button and you will get a generated word cloud that you can save using an email address. What is even cool about Word It Out is that it allows you to create word clouds of a whole web page, a document, or even a table.
4- Yippy Cloud
Yippy Cloud is a tool that is ideal for those teachers who have classroom blogs or websites. They can use it to create a cloud based on any topic or query. Just provide the topic title and selec the setting of your word cloud like border stye, link style and width then click ' update cloud ' to generate a word cloud around that topic. This word cloud can be embedded in your blog or wiki using a generated embed code.
This tool allows anyone to sift through text and create word clouds of important words in a text. Just copy and paste a segment of your text and Wordshift will help you feature the recurring words in it. It also helps in marking and sorting different lists of words important to educators and provides a visualization of word thesaurus relationships.
This is a word cloud tool for kids. It works the same way other tools work. Just type in a text and press the arrow button to view the word cloud generated. The appearance of a word cloud can be altered using the graphical.
Tagxedo is an awesome word cloud tool that turns words from any source into a visually appealing cloud that highlights the frequencies of occurrence within the body of text.
8- Word Mosaic
This a cool word cloud tool. It generates word clouds in the form of hearts that can be sent as a greeting or be posted on Facebook or a blog
This tool allows users to create engaging word clouds out of three text sources ; the URL of a web page, copy and paste, or uploaded text file with a maximum of 5 MB.
10- You are your Words
This is The American Heritage Dictionary that allows users to create a self-portrait using their words. Users can also link to places like Facebook for words they have already written. The generated image will then be saved or shared with others.