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Places to
create clouds
How to use clouds
#1 - Write "All About Me"
Students type in their strengths.
Put these writing pieces in word clouds,make posters and
display them.
#2 –
cloud a Book
Use sites like
Project Gutenberg
and grab the text
from copyright-
free books.
#3 - share criteria
Use grade-related criteria to highlight the main areas students
need to concentrate on to gain the best grades. The example
below is SQA criteria for General Writing in MFL.
#4 – Discussion point
Use as a discussion
point at beginning
or end of lesson.
#5 – Analyze criteria
Students work alone
or in small groups to
identify keywords
and terms for the
assignment criteria
and create a word
cloud out of the
target terms.
#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 highlight
key words so they can write their own tales.
#7 - Make the syllabus
look interesting!
Copy and paste the entire syllabus and print out (or use as part of
a display).
#8 - Improve students'
essay writing...
Copy and paste students' essays - compare the results and
discuss what has/hasn't been includedin the essays.
#9 - Study an author's diction in-depth:
Have them choose color to match the tone! (This is page one of Brave New
World by Aldous Huxley.)
#10 - norms
Have each student write expectations he has of the classroom.
Combine all lists to create a Classroom Norms poster.
#11 - Find out what ideas are most
important in a famous speech.
The word cloud below is from the text of President Obama's
Feb 24,2009 speech to Congress. Here, the 25 most
frequently used words in his speech are displayed.
#12 - Defining Skills
Before the dictionary comes out,give your students a
new vocabulary word and ask them to brainstorm all
the words they associate with it.Gather up all the
brainstormed words for a word cloud.
Source: Build Literacy Skills with Wordle
#12 - Defining Skills (cont.)
After the term has been formally defined,repeat the
process and compare to the "pre-dictionary" cloud.
Source: Build Literacy Skills with Wordle
#13 - Summarizing Skills
As a pre-reading exercise - copy/paste text of reading into a word
cloud and ask students to predict what the main ideas of the
reading will be.
Source: Build Literacy Skills with Wordle
#13 - Summarizing Skills (part 2)
Another pre-reading
option - give them a
word cloud of a non-
fiction reading and ask
them to use the word
cloud to generate a
title or headline before
they see the real
article.
Source: Build Literacy Skills
with Wordle
#13 - Summarizing Skills (part 3)
Post reading - ask them to reflect
on the reading based on a
prompt (main idea,what you've
learned,funniest element, etc.).
Collect all their reflectionsinto a
word cloud.
Source: Build Literacy Skills with Wordle
#14 - Comparison Skills
Comparison skills - Give them two different accounts/
essays on the same theme/event - let them compare the
word clouds generated by each.
Source: Build Literacy Skills with Wordle
#14 - Comparison Skills (part 2)
Or, generate word clouds for two different readings - then
let student see if they can match the word cloud to its
corresponding reading.
Source: Build Literacy Skills with Wordle
#15 - Classroom Polls
Talk about favorite anything
(here, we used colors).
Each child then types their
favorite.
The word cloud created
automatically shows the most
favored color.
Other ideas - birthday month,
fave animals, hardest spelling
word, feelings, etc.
Could easily adapt to higher
tasks and polls.
#16 - compare/contrast lit themes
@mjelson
Romeoand
Juliet
West Side Story
#17 Act as archaeologists
of a text's vocabulary
Step 1:paste in
a text,then
selectively
begin to
remove words.
Source: www.antheald.com/blog
#17 Act as archaeologists of a text's
vocabulary (cont.)
Source: www.antheald.com/blog
Step 2:Start with the most prominent (character
names and the most commonwords)
#17 Act as archaeologists of a text's
vocabulary (cont.)
Step 3:As you
'excavate' text,
patterns and sets
of vocabulary are
revealed.
Source: www.antheald.com/blog
#18 - Analyze Presentation Notes
Students (or teachers) create a
slide presentation.The notes are
written in the Notes section of
the slide.Once the presentation
is ready,all notes are copied and
pasted into a word cloud.
source: @njtechteacher
#18 - Analyze Presentation Notes
Students can analyze where
their words are repetitive (such
as like,love,or also) and adjust
their presentation notes.It can
be used as a teaser slide at the
beginning of the presentation.
source: @njtechteacher
#19 - Create a Custom Image
Header for Your Blog
Use your class blog url to
create a word cloud and use
the resulting image as the
custom image header for your
blog.
Change the header
periodicallyto reflect your
blog's changing themes and
content.
source: Michael Fawcett @teachernz
#20 - Compare History to
Historical Fiction
Make and compare
word clouds -
remind them to
make the genre title
bigger by typing it
several times. Post
to discuss,then post
in the hall or library.
Can also make use
to compare other
genres or topics
(solid v.gas).
source:@mtechman
#21 - Character Traits Analysis
source:@mwacker Michael Wacker
#21 - Character Traits Analysis
source:@mwacker Michael Wacker
#21 - Character Traits Analysis
Step 3:Type in the character’s
name 10 times. Then type the
other character traits, typing
the most important one five
times, the next most
important four times,etc.
source:@mwacker Michael Wacker
#21 - Character Traits Analysis
Step 4: Generate the cloud,choosingthe color,
font (s), and layout to match the character.
source: MichaelWacker
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, and
found a type style she liked. Once the Wordle was printed, Sophie
taped it onto a window & traced the image. She drew on additional
elements and colored the whole piece.
#22 - Create Art
#23 - Character description
In reading groups (or alone) have students choose a character and
add as many words as they can. Compare results - why do we know
more about some than others? (This is Iron Man)
Source: @melhutch
#24 - Define characteristics
Adapted from an idea from @thespian70
What does it mean to be an American? An
atom? A planet? An earthquake? A mammal?
An ecosystem? A prime number?
#25 - collect vocabulary
For pronunciation
practice, type words with
the same sounds. (TIP:
Link words with a tilde
[~] to keep them
together (e.g.
les~enfants). The tilde
doesn't show up, but the
words stay together.
source @kaymcmeekin
#26 - Do a “”” "cloud Walk"
Instead of a
“picture walk”do
a“cloud walk,”
where students
visit other
students’word
clouds and hear
explanation.
adapted from an an idea by @fisher1000
#27 - Make a Unique Gift
Students can create word
clouds out of wedding vows,
family stories,favorite love
songs of their parents or
grandparents,or just the
names of the people in their
families to create a very
personal,but creative and
artistic gift that’s suitable for
framing.
source:@fisher1000
Cloud your State Standards during curriculum planning or as an
introduction for your students to what they will learn that year.
#28 - Prioritize Curriculum
source:@fisher1000
#29 - Compare for bias
Cloud news articles from several
sources and compare to look at bias
or to evaluate credible sources.
TheseWordlesare of Ashton Kutcher's victoryover
CNN to reach 1,000,000 followers on Twitter.To the
rightis the cloud of the FoxNews article,lower
rightis CNN, and below is MSNBC.
source:@fisher1000
Cloud a collection of words that representparts of speech.Change the colors to
white words on a black background and print on an overhead transparency. Project
onto a large sheet of butcher paper and ask the kids to come and color nouns a
certaincolor,verbs a different color,etc.
#30 - New Levels of Interactivity
source:@fisher1000
#30 - New Levels of Interactivity
source:@fisher1000
An extensionof this would be to cloud characters and character traits and use
a color to connect characters with their specific traits.
#31 - Power Writing Prompts
Cloud vocabulary,science text,or poem text.Display for students as idea
prompts. Students think for thirty/sixty seconds,then write continuously 2 - 4minutes
without st opping without worry of conventions.Stop.Count words.Repeat two more
times. Want more info on Power Writing? See this Slideshare.
source:@grammasheri teacher.se@gmail.com
#32 - Create an Audible cloud
Cloud some text,
and then ask
students to read the
cloud,one word
each,with volume
and tone
appropriate to size
and meaning of
word. (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)
#33 - Spelling with Wordle
Cloud the weekly spelling list.
#34 - Wordle WORD WALLS!
source:@fisher1000
Instead of a traditional "Word Wall,"
create a cloud wall. Using a student
as a“ recorder," have students
brainstorm definitions,adjectives,
and synonyms for words,create a
cloud,including the the key word.
Hang on the wall so that students
can get a contextual referenceof
that class's vocabulary.
#35 - Create a Learning
Poster
Ask students to write
five words that describe
what they have learned
to do. Explain that they
can use verbs,nouns,
facts,skills or strategies.
(Tip:Use
blockposters.com to
turn it into a big poster!)
source @derrallg
#36 self-esteem boost &
relationship builder
Write each child's name on a separate sheet of paper.Circulate each
sheet around the class so each pupil writes at least 1 positive attribute
about every other pupil. They can repeat words others have used.
Collect the sheets,type each pupil's list of attributes (editing where
necessary!) with their name repeated 10 times & cloud the result.
source:@yzfreeman
#37 Clarify values for RE or ethics
This gives a picture of those values the class as a whole values most; or
done separately for two or more groups/classes it can
compare/contrast the value systems of separate groups/classes and
serve as an excellent debate trigger.
source:@yzfreeman
#37 Clarify values for RE or ethics
Brainstorm a list of at least 25 personal values that the class feels are
important 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
#37 Clarify values for RE or ethics
Or do the exercise in slightly amended form before & after
exploring a particular ethical topic to see how the class's
values have changed as a result of their learning.
source:@yzfreeman
#38 Language News
Copy the front page of a news website (in a second language?).
Pick out the most important / common vocab to focus on...
#39 An alternative to a word search
source:Judy Valentine
#40 animal classification
#41 Assess
confidence
or concerns
Learners make a list of
things from recent work
they feel confident they
can do or that they think
they need more practice
on. Compile results into
two clouds.
#42 Mathematics Vocabulary
When introducing a topic or for review, ask studentsfor all the vocabulary
they can think of associated with the work they are studying.
(optional: add poster of math vocabulary to their learning journals)
source: Colleen Young
#43 Animals in a biome
#44 Animals in a food chain
#45 climate
Create clouds for different elements of climate or location
(rainfall, snowfall, temperature, natural resources, etc.),sizing t
countries from greatest to least.
#48: Number line
Have students either spell out or use number
values to show relative size of numbers along
a number line or place value within the
metric system.
#49 statistical analysis
Can you
find the
mode?
#50 food journal
source:http://www.denverfoodrescue.org/
What
did you
eat this
week?
At Wordle Advanced
you can choose the
hex number color and
size of the text here,
simply and easily
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Using Word Clouds in the Classroom

  • 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.
  • 3. How to use clouds
  • 4. #1 - Write "All About Me" Students type in their strengths. Put these writing pieces in word clouds,make posters and display them.
  • 5. #2 – cloud a Book Use sites like Project Gutenberg and grab the text from copyright- free books.
  • 6. #3 - share criteria Use grade-related criteria to highlight the main areas students need to concentrate on to gain the best grades. The example below is SQA criteria for General Writing in MFL.
  • 7. #4 – Discussion point Use as a discussion point at beginning or end of lesson.
  • 8. #5 – Analyze criteria Students work alone or in small groups to identify keywords and terms for the assignment criteria and create a word cloud out of the target terms.
  • 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 highlight key words so they can write their own tales.
  • 10. #7 - Make the syllabus look interesting! Copy and paste the entire syllabus and print out (or use as part of a display).
  • 11. #8 - Improve students' essay writing... Copy and paste students' essays - compare the results and discuss what has/hasn't been includedin the essays.
  • 12. #9 - Study an author's diction in-depth: Have them choose color to match the tone! (This is page one of Brave New World by Aldous Huxley.)
  • 13. #10 - norms Have each student write expectations he has of the classroom. Combine all lists to create a Classroom Norms poster.
  • 14. #11 - Find out what ideas are most important in a famous speech. The word cloud below is from the text of President Obama's Feb 24,2009 speech to Congress. Here, the 25 most frequently used words in his speech are displayed.
  • 15. #12 - Defining Skills Before the dictionary comes out,give your students a new vocabulary word and ask them to brainstorm all the words they associate with it.Gather up all the brainstormed words for a word cloud. Source: Build Literacy Skills with Wordle
  • 16. #12 - Defining Skills (cont.) After the term has been formally defined,repeat the process and compare to the "pre-dictionary" cloud. Source: Build Literacy Skills with Wordle
  • 17. #13 - Summarizing Skills As a pre-reading exercise - copy/paste text of reading into a word cloud and ask students to predict what the main ideas of the reading will be. Source: Build Literacy Skills with Wordle
  • 18. #13 - Summarizing Skills (part 2) Another pre-reading option - give them a word cloud of a non- fiction reading and ask them to use the word cloud to generate a title or headline before they see the real article. Source: Build Literacy Skills with Wordle
  • 19. #13 - Summarizing Skills (part 3) Post reading - ask them to reflect on the reading based on a prompt (main idea,what you've learned,funniest element, etc.). Collect all their reflectionsinto a word cloud. Source: Build Literacy Skills with Wordle
  • 20. #14 - Comparison Skills Comparison skills - Give them two different accounts/ essays on the same theme/event - let them compare the word clouds generated by each. Source: Build Literacy Skills with Wordle
  • 21. #14 - Comparison Skills (part 2) Or, generate word clouds for two different readings - then let student see if they can match the word cloud to its corresponding reading. Source: Build Literacy Skills with Wordle
  • 22. #15 - Classroom Polls Talk about favorite anything (here, we used colors). Each child then types their favorite. The word cloud created automatically shows the most favored color. Other ideas - birthday month, fave animals, hardest spelling word, feelings, etc. Could easily adapt to higher tasks and polls.
  • 23. #16 - compare/contrast lit themes @mjelson Romeoand Juliet West Side Story
  • 24. #17 Act as archaeologists of a text's vocabulary Step 1:paste in a text,then selectively begin to remove words. Source: www.antheald.com/blog
  • 25. #17 Act as archaeologists of a text's vocabulary (cont.) Source: www.antheald.com/blog Step 2:Start with the most prominent (character names and the most commonwords)
  • 26. #17 Act as archaeologists of a text's vocabulary (cont.) Step 3:As you 'excavate' text, patterns and sets of vocabulary are revealed. Source: www.antheald.com/blog
  • 27. #18 - Analyze Presentation Notes Students (or teachers) create a slide presentation.The notes are written in the Notes section of the slide.Once the presentation is ready,all notes are copied and pasted into a word cloud. source: @njtechteacher
  • 28. #18 - Analyze Presentation Notes Students can analyze where their words are repetitive (such as like,love,or also) and adjust their presentation notes.It can be used as a teaser slide at the beginning of the presentation. source: @njtechteacher
  • 29. #19 - Create a Custom Image Header for Your Blog Use your class blog url to create a word cloud and use the resulting image as the custom image header for your blog. Change the header periodicallyto reflect your blog's changing themes and content. source: Michael Fawcett @teachernz
  • 30. #20 - Compare History to Historical Fiction Make and compare word clouds - remind them to make the genre title bigger by typing it several times. Post to discuss,then post in the hall or library. Can also make use to compare other genres or topics (solid v.gas). source:@mtechman
  • 31. #21 - Character Traits Analysis source:@mwacker Michael Wacker
  • 32. #21 - Character Traits Analysis source:@mwacker Michael Wacker
  • 33. #21 - Character Traits Analysis Step 3:Type in the character’s name 10 times. Then type the other character traits, typing the most important one five times, the next most important four times,etc. source:@mwacker Michael Wacker
  • 34. #21 - Character Traits Analysis Step 4: Generate the cloud,choosingthe color, font (s), and layout to match the character. source: MichaelWacker
  • 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, and found a type style she liked. Once the Wordle was printed, Sophie taped it onto a window & traced the image. She drew on additional elements and colored the whole piece. #22 - Create Art
  • 36. #23 - Character description In reading groups (or alone) have students choose a character and add as many words as they can. Compare results - why do we know more about some than others? (This is Iron Man) Source: @melhutch
  • 37. #24 - Define characteristics Adapted from an idea from @thespian70 What does it mean to be an American? An atom? A planet? An earthquake? A mammal? An ecosystem? A prime number?
  • 38. #25 - collect vocabulary For pronunciation practice, type words with the same sounds. (TIP: Link words with a tilde [~] to keep them together (e.g. les~enfants). The tilde doesn't show up, but the words stay together. source @kaymcmeekin
  • 39. #26 - Do a “”” "cloud Walk" Instead of a “picture walk”do a“cloud walk,” where students visit other students’word clouds and hear explanation. adapted from an an idea by @fisher1000
  • 40. #27 - Make a Unique Gift Students can create word clouds out of wedding vows, family stories,favorite love songs of their parents or grandparents,or just the names of the people in their families to create a very personal,but creative and artistic gift that’s suitable for framing. source:@fisher1000
  • 41. Cloud your State Standards during curriculum planning or as an introduction for your students to what they will learn that year. #28 - Prioritize Curriculum source:@fisher1000
  • 42. #29 - Compare for bias Cloud news articles from several sources and compare to look at bias or to evaluate credible sources. TheseWordlesare of Ashton Kutcher's victoryover CNN to reach 1,000,000 followers on Twitter.To the rightis the cloud of the FoxNews article,lower rightis CNN, and below is MSNBC. source:@fisher1000
  • 43. Cloud a collection of words that representparts of speech.Change the colors to white words on a black background and print on an overhead transparency. Project onto a large sheet of butcher paper and ask the kids to come and color nouns a certaincolor,verbs a different color,etc. #30 - New Levels of Interactivity source:@fisher1000
  • 44. #30 - New Levels of Interactivity source:@fisher1000 An extensionof this would be to cloud characters and character traits and use a color to connect characters with their specific traits.
  • 45. #31 - Power Writing Prompts Cloud vocabulary,science text,or poem text.Display for students as idea prompts. Students think for thirty/sixty seconds,then write continuously 2 - 4minutes without st opping without worry of conventions.Stop.Count words.Repeat two more times. Want more info on Power Writing? See this Slideshare. source:@grammasheri teacher.se@gmail.com
  • 46. #32 - Create an Audible cloud Cloud some text, and then ask students to read the cloud,one word each,with volume and tone appropriate to size and meaning of word. (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. #33 - Spelling with Wordle Cloud the weekly spelling list.
  • 48. #34 - Wordle WORD WALLS! source:@fisher1000 Instead of a traditional "Word Wall," create a cloud wall. Using a student as a“ recorder," have students brainstorm definitions,adjectives, and synonyms for words,create a cloud,including the the key word. Hang on the wall so that students can get a contextual referenceof that class's vocabulary.
  • 49. #35 - Create a Learning Poster Ask students to write five words that describe what they have learned to do. Explain that they can use verbs,nouns, facts,skills or strategies. (Tip:Use blockposters.com to turn it into a big poster!) source @derrallg
  • 50. #36 self-esteem boost & relationship builder Write each child's name on a separate sheet of paper.Circulate each sheet around the class so each pupil writes at least 1 positive attribute about every other pupil. They can repeat words others have used. Collect the sheets,type each pupil's list of attributes (editing where necessary!) with their name repeated 10 times & cloud the result. source:@yzfreeman
  • 51. #37 Clarify values for RE or ethics This gives a picture of those values the class as a whole values most; or done separately for two or more groups/classes it can compare/contrast the value systems of separate groups/classes and serve as an excellent debate trigger. source:@yzfreeman
  • 52. #37 Clarify values for RE or ethics Brainstorm a list of at least 25 personal values that the class feels are important 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. #37 Clarify values for RE or ethics Or do the exercise in slightly amended form before & after exploring a particular ethical topic to see how the class's values have changed as a result of their learning. source:@yzfreeman
  • 54. #38 Language News Copy the front page of a news website (in a second language?). Pick out the most important / common vocab to focus on...
  • 55. #39 An alternative to a word search source:Judy Valentine
  • 57. #41 Assess confidence or concerns Learners make a list of things from recent work they feel confident they can do or that they think they need more practice on. Compile results into two clouds.
  • 58. #42 Mathematics Vocabulary When introducing a topic or for review, ask studentsfor all the vocabulary they can think of associated with the work they are studying. (optional: add poster of math vocabulary to their learning journals) source: Colleen Young
  • 59. #43 Animals in a biome
  • 60. #44 Animals in a food chain
  • 61. #45 climate Create clouds for different elements of climate or location (rainfall, snowfall, temperature, natural resources, etc.),sizing t countries from greatest to least.
  • 62. #48: Number line Have students either spell out or use number values to show relative size of numbers along a number line or place value within the metric system.
  • 63. #49 statistical analysis Can you find the mode?
  • 65. At Wordle Advanced you can choose the hex number color and size of the text here, simply and easily