The Best 7 Free Word Cloud Tools for Teachers

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Updated in November 2021

In today's post, I am sharing with you some of the best word cloud tools to generate visually attractive wordles for your class. The process is simple and easy, no graphic design knowledge is required. 

You simply type in or paste your text in one of the word cloud generators below, customise the feel and look of your word cloud (e.g., change colour, text font, layout, style, etc.) , and share the final product with your students in the form of PNG, JPEG, or SVG. All of these tools are free to use although some of them offer paid plans. Also, some of these wordle art makers require registration. 

1- EdWordle

"EdWordle is a tool for editing “word clouds” based on the Wordle. The initial word cloud can be generated from the input text or read from an existing one. You can re-font, re-colore, resize, move, rotate, add and delete words to create custom visualizations."

2- Word Art

Word art

" is an online word cloud art creator that enables you to create amazing and unique word cloud art with ease. Professional quality results can be achieved in no time at all, even for users with no prior knowledge of graphic design."

3- Word It Out

    "WordItOut is the word cloud generator that gives you control with many custom settings. Free to use and no sign up required! Some of its features include:
    • Customise more settings than any other word cloud generator
    • Create word clouds from sentences, whole documents or tables.
    • Decide how to filter that text, which words to display or remove, and tweak their importance with ease.
    • Design your word cloud as you like, find that perfect layout, choose your own colours, fonts and sizes (and how to mix them), or let WordItOut find a random look for you!
    • Keep control of your word clouds
    • Share your word cloud with the world (or keep it secret!)
    • Easily embed them on your own website (as big or small as you want)
    • Download your own copy as an image file
    • Get any word cloud as a present or gift on a T-shirt, card or more..."

    4- Word Cloud Generator

    "Use this add-on to quickly assess what your emerging theme is, how to best categorize your document, or if it is someone's else's document - find out the theme of the document without reading it. Download it with the click of a button. Some of its features include:
    • Download the word cloud
    • Insert in document in two sizes
    • Download to your computer for use in other applications
    • Use an Advanced Tab that lets you play with the word cloud
    • Choose your favorite palette
    • Control the # of words you want to display in the cloud
    • Drop specific words (with type ahead help)
    • Insert a word count table in the document"

    5- Wordshift

    "WordSift helps anyone easily sift through texts -- just cut and paste any text into WordSift and you can engage in a verbal quick-capture! The program helps to quickly identify important words that appear in the text. This function is widely available in various Tag Cloud programs on the web, but we have added the ability to mark and sort different lists of words important to educators. We have also integrated it with a few other functions, such as visualization of word thesaurus relationships (incorporating the amazing Visual Thesaurus® that we highly recommend in its own right) and a limited image-search feature. With just a click on any word in the Tag Cloud, the program displays instances of sentences in which that word is used in the text."

    6- Tagxedo

    "Tagxedo turns words -- famous speeches, news articles, slogans and themes, even your love letters -- into a visually stunning word cloud, words individually sized appropriately to highlight the frequencies of occurrence within the body of text."


    "TagCrowd is a web application for visualizing word frequencies in any text by creating what is popularly known as a word cloud, text cloud or tag cloud....There are three ways of entering text into TagCrowd to generate a word cloud:
    • Enter the URL for a web page you wish to visualize,
    • Paste (or type) the text you wish to visualize into the text box,
    • Upload a plain text file to visualize.
    There's a 5 megabyte file size maximum on uploaded and URL-linked files, and a 500 kilobyte limit on pasted text. Only plain text files are accepted (or HTML files if providing a web page URL). After providing your text source, hit the Visualize! button to see the result with the default options. You now have several options available to tweak your cloud into a form you're happy with."