OverviewWord clouds are visual representations of text. In a Word Cloud, the more a word is used, the larger it will be in size. Here are a few ways you can use word clouds in your classroom:
HTML5 Word Clouds take text from specified web content and turn that text into word clouds. It's a great way to analyze key words, look for recurring themes based on word usage, and generate discussion on word choice and tone.
Answer Garden is a great feedback tool. It is designed to be used in real time. It takes student responses to teacher-generated questions and creates word clouds from those responses.
Making it Happen in Your Classroom
Activities and Examples
HTML5 - This example was created by selecting The New York Times News Feed (U.S.) from the list. The larger the word, the more times it was used in the article.
Answer Garden - This word cloud is a compilation of answers to the question "What are the characteristics of effective professional learning?" When using Answer Garden, the word cloud develops in real-time so students can see the words being added and which words are being used more frequently.
Tagul - This is the result of asking a group of students what they know about elephants. It's a great introductory activity to learn what students already know about a topic.