Using Word Clouds in the Classroom

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Using Word Clouds in the Classroom

  1. 1. This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution Noncommercial Share Alike 3.0 License.This presentation is based significantly on the work of @tombarrett and is shared under the same license as the original presentation.
  2. 2. Places tocreate clouds
  3. 3. How to use clouds
  4. 4. #1 - Write "All About Me"Students type in their strengths.Put these writing pieces in word clouds,make posters anddisplay them.
  5. 5. #2 –cloud a BookUse sites likeProject Gutenbergand grab the textfrom copyright-free books.
  6. 6. #3 - share criteriaUse grade-related criteria to highlight the main areas studentsneed to concentrate on to gain the best grades. The examplebelow is SQA criteria for General Writing in MFL.
  7. 7. #4 – Discussion pointUse as a discussionpoint at beginningor end of lesson.
  8. 8. #5 – Analyze criteriaStudents work aloneor in small groups toidentify keywordsand terms for theassignment criteriaand create a wordcloud out of thetarget terms.
  9. 9. #6 - Guess What?In this case, it’s a French fairy tale,but it could be anything!The students guess what it is,and then use the cloud to highlightkey words so they can write their own tales.
  10. 10. #7 - Make the syllabuslook interesting!Copy and paste the entire syllabus and print out (or use as part ofa display).
  11. 11. #8 - Improve studentsessay writing...Copy and paste students essays - compare the results anddiscuss what has/hasnt been includedin the essays.
  12. 12. #9 - Study an authors diction in-depth:Have them choose color to match the tone! (This is page one of Brave NewWorld by Aldous Huxley.)
  13. 13. #10 - normsHave each student write expectations he has of the classroom.Combine all lists to create a Classroom Norms poster.
  14. 14. #11 - Find out what ideas are mostimportant in a famous speech.The word cloud below is from the text of President ObamasFeb 24,2009 speech to Congress. Here, the 25 mostfrequently used words in his speech are displayed.
  15. 15. #12 - Defining SkillsBefore the dictionary comes out,give your students anew vocabulary word and ask them to brainstorm allthe words they associate with it.Gather up all thebrainstormed words for a word cloud.Source: Build Literacy Skills with Wordle
  16. 16. #12 - Defining Skills (cont.)After the term has been formally defined,repeat theprocess and compare to the "pre-dictionary" cloud.Source: Build Literacy Skills with Wordle
  17. 17. #13 - Summarizing SkillsAs a pre-reading exercise - copy/paste text of reading into a wordcloud and ask students to predict what the main ideas of thereading will be.Source: Build Literacy Skills with Wordle
  18. 18. #13 - Summarizing Skills (part 2)Another pre-readingoption - give them aword cloud of a non-fiction reading and askthem to use the wordcloud to generate atitle or headline beforethey see the realarticle.Source: Build Literacy Skillswith Wordle
  19. 19. #13 - Summarizing Skills (part 3)Post reading - ask them to reflecton the reading based on aprompt (main idea,what youvelearned,funniest element, etc.).Collect all their reflectionsinto aword cloud.Source: Build Literacy Skills with Wordle
  20. 20. #14 - Comparison SkillsComparison skills - Give them two different accounts/essays on the same theme/event - let them compare theword clouds generated by each.Source: Build Literacy Skills with Wordle
  21. 21. #14 - Comparison Skills (part 2)Or, generate word clouds for two different readings - thenlet student see if they can match the word cloud to itscorresponding reading.Source: Build Literacy Skills with Wordle
  22. 22. #15 - Classroom PollsTalk about favorite anything(here, we used colors).Each child then types theirfavorite.The word cloud createdautomatically shows the mostfavored color.Other ideas - birthday month,fave animals, hardest spellingword, feelings, etc.Could easily adapt to highertasks and polls.
  23. 23. #16 - compare/contrast lit themes@mjelsonRomeoandJulietWest Side Story
  24. 24. #17 Act as archaeologistsof a texts vocabularyStep 1:paste ina text,thenselectivelybegin toremove words.Source: www.antheald.com/blog
  25. 25. #17 Act as archaeologists of a textsvocabulary (cont.)Source: www.antheald.com/blogStep 2:Start with the most prominent (characternames and the most commonwords)
  26. 26. #17 Act as archaeologists of a textsvocabulary (cont.)Step 3:As youexcavate text,patterns and setsof vocabulary arerevealed.Source: www.antheald.com/blog
  27. 27. #18 - Analyze Presentation NotesStudents (or teachers) create aslide presentation.The notes arewritten in the Notes section ofthe slide.Once the presentationis ready,all notes are copied andpasted into a word cloud.source: @njtechteacher
  28. 28. #18 - Analyze Presentation NotesStudents can analyze wheretheir words are repetitive (suchas like,love,or also) and adjusttheir presentation notes.It canbe used as a teaser slide at thebeginning of the presentation.source: @njtechteacher
  29. 29. #19 - Create a Custom ImageHeader for Your BlogUse your class blog url tocreate a word cloud and usethe resulting image as thecustom image header for yourblog.Change the headerperiodicallyto reflect yourblogs changing themes andcontent.source: Michael Fawcett @teachernz
  30. 30. #20 - Compare History toHistorical FictionMake and compareword clouds -remind them tomake the genre titlebigger by typing itseveral times. Postto discuss,then postin the hall or library.Can also make useto compare othergenres or topics(solid v.gas).source:@mtechman
  31. 31. #21 - Character Traits Analysissource:@mwacker Michael Wacker
  32. 32. #21 - Character Traits Analysissource:@mwacker Michael Wacker
  33. 33. #21 - Character Traits AnalysisStep 3:Type in the character’sname 10 times. Then type theother character traits, typingthe most important one fivetimes, the next mostimportant four times,etc.source:@mwacker Michael Wacker
  34. 34. #21 - Character Traits AnalysisStep 4: Generate the cloud,choosingthe color,font (s), and layout to match the character.source: MichaelWacker
  35. 35. Earth Day 2009 Billboard Winner.This poster was created by Sophie, a sixth grader in Portland, OR.She chose environmental concepts, submitted them to Wordle, andfound a type style she liked. Once the Wordle was printed, Sophietaped it onto a window & traced the image. She drew on additionalelements and colored the whole piece.#22 - Create Art
  36. 36. #23 - Character descriptionIn reading groups (or alone) have students choose a character andadd as many words as they can. Compare results - why do we knowmore about some than others? (This is Iron Man)Source: @melhutch
  37. 37. #24 - Define characteristicsAdapted from an idea from @thespian70What does it mean to be an American? Anatom? A planet? An earthquake? A mammal?An ecosystem? A prime number?
  38. 38. #25 - collect vocabularyFor pronunciationpractice, type words withthe same sounds. (TIP:Link words with a tilde[~] to keep themtogether (e.g.les~enfants). The tildedoesnt show up, but thewords stay together.source @kaymcmeekin
  39. 39. #26 - Do a “”” "cloud Walk"Instead of a“picture walk”doa“cloud walk,”where studentsvisit otherstudents’wordclouds and hearexplanation.adapted from an an idea by @fisher1000
  40. 40. #27 - Make a Unique GiftStudents can create wordclouds out of wedding vows,family stories,favorite lovesongs of their parents orgrandparents,or just thenames of the people in theirfamilies to create a verypersonal,but creative andartistic gift that’s suitable forframing.source:@fisher1000
  41. 41. Cloud your State Standards during curriculum planning or as anintroduction for your students to what they will learn that year.#28 - Prioritize Curriculumsource:@fisher1000
  42. 42. #29 - Compare for biasCloud news articles from severalsources and compare to look at biasor to evaluate credible sources.TheseWordlesare of Ashton Kutchers victoryoverCNN to reach 1,000,000 followers on Twitter.To therightis the cloud of the FoxNews article,lowerrightis CNN, and below is MSNBC.source:@fisher1000
  43. 43. Cloud a collection of words that representparts of speech.Change the colors towhite words on a black background and print on an overhead transparency. Projectonto a large sheet of butcher paper and ask the kids to come and color nouns acertaincolor,verbs a different color,etc.#30 - New Levels of Interactivitysource:@fisher1000
  44. 44. #30 - New Levels of Interactivitysource:@fisher1000An extensionof this would be to cloud characters and character traits and usea color to connect characters with their specific traits.
  45. 45. #31 - Power Writing PromptsCloud vocabulary,science text,or poem text.Display for students as ideaprompts. Students think for thirty/sixty seconds,then write continuously 2 - 4minuteswithout st opping without worry of conventions.Stop.Count words.Repeat two moretimes. Want more info on Power Writing? See this Slideshare.source:@grammasheri teacher.se@gmail.com
  46. 46. #32 - Create an Audible cloudCloud some text,and then askstudents to read thecloud,one wordeach,with volumeand toneappropriate to sizeand meaning ofword. (optional:record the result)source:@NeilAdam neil@beaconict.co.uk (Idea first heard on BBC R4 iPM program.)If, by Rudyard Kipling (Top 30 words, no common words)
  47. 47. #33 - Spelling with WordleCloud the weekly spelling list.
  48. 48. #34 - Wordle WORD WALLS!source:@fisher1000Instead of a traditional "Word Wall,"create a cloud wall. Using a studentas a“ recorder," have studentsbrainstorm definitions,adjectives,and synonyms for words,create acloud,including the the key word.Hang on the wall so that studentscan get a contextual referenceofthat classs vocabulary.
  49. 49. #35 - Create a LearningPosterAsk students to writefive words that describewhat they have learnedto do. Explain that theycan use verbs,nouns,facts,skills or strategies.(Tip:Useblockposters.com toturn it into a big poster!)source @derrallg
  50. 50. #36 self-esteem boost &relationship builderWrite each childs name on a separate sheet of paper.Circulate eachsheet around the class so each pupil writes at least 1 positive attributeabout every other pupil. They can repeat words others have used.Collect the sheets,type each pupils list of attributes (editing wherenecessary!) with their name repeated 10 times & cloud the result.source:@yzfreeman
  51. 51. #37 Clarify values for RE or ethicsThis gives a picture of those values the class as a whole values most; ordone separately for two or more groups/classes it cancompare/contrast the value systems of separate groups/classes andserve as an excellent debate trigger.source:@yzfreeman
  52. 52. #37 Clarify values for RE or ethicsBrainstorm a list of at least 25 personal values that the class feels areimportant to live by,or use a checklist like this one to select <50.Give each pupil a list of the result to choose their top 5.Collate & cloud the result.source:@yzfreeman
  53. 53. #37 Clarify values for RE or ethicsOr do the exercise in slightly amended form before & afterexploring a particular ethical topic to see how the classsvalues have changed as a result of their learning.source:@yzfreeman
  54. 54. #38 Language NewsCopy the front page of a news website (in a second language?).Pick out the most important / common vocab to focus on...
  55. 55. #39 An alternative to a word searchsource:Judy Valentine
  56. 56. #40 animal classification
  57. 57. #41 Assessconfidenceor concernsLearners make a list ofthings from recent workthey feel confident theycan do or that they thinkthey need more practiceon. Compile results intotwo clouds.
  58. 58. #42 Mathematics VocabularyWhen introducing a topic or for review, ask studentsfor all the vocabularythey can think of associated with the work they are studying.(optional: add poster of math vocabulary to their learning journals)source: Colleen Young
  59. 59. #43 Animals in a biome
  60. 60. #44 Animals in a food chain
  61. 61. #45 climateCreate clouds for different elements of climate or location(rainfall, snowfall, temperature, natural resources, etc.),sizing tcountries from greatest to least.
  62. 62. #48: Number lineHave students either spell out or use numbervalues to show relative size of numbers alonga number line or place value within themetric system.
  63. 63. #49 statistical analysisCan youfind themode?
  64. 64. #50 food journalsource:http://www.denverfoodrescue.org/Whatdid youeat thisweek?
  65. 65. At Wordle Advancedyou can choose thehex number color andsize of the text here,simply and easily

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