Wordle is the first online site I knew about where one could create a word cloud. You can read more about Wordle on one of my previous posts here.
Another one that looks really promising for our younger students is at one of my favorite sites, ABCya! After entering your text, it's super easy to delete a word, change the font, color, style, etc. One real plus for this site is that you can then save your Word Cloud as jpg to be used on a blog or on an assignment or wherever! Here's a simple one I did with some of the text from this page!
Another great word cloud generator is Tagxedo. There is a great deal more creative freedom with Tagxedo, as you can tell by some of these examples. The other important difference between Wordle and Tagxedo is that you can actually tag the words in a Tagxedo word cloud so that students can click on the individual words and search for their meanings.
If these three sites aren't enough for you (and you know who you are), be sure to check out some of these great resources:
- Tagul - read Becky Burnett's previous blog post about another great word cloud generator
- 48 Interesting Ways (and Tips) to use Wordle in the Classroom (these ideas could be used with the Word Cloud generator of your choice!)
- 19 Word Cloud Resources, Tips, & Tools - a great blog entry from the Teacher Reboot Camp blog that shares many Wordle alternatives and Tips
- I Can Back Off My Blogging, Turn Down My Tweeting, and Even Wrap Up My Wiki, But I Can't Wane My Wordling - great, blog post about "all things wordle"
And last, but CERTAINLY not least, is an exciting site that you can use with your kids tomorrow! Guess the Wordle is a site created by Jen Wagner. She creates and uploads a different Wordle each day. Each Wordle has a TOPIC, that your students can try to guess.
Monday - these are easy Wordles, and all of the words have ONE thing in common
Tuesday - the topic of these Wordles will be the date of a famous event in world history
Wednesday - all of the words in this Wordle have TWO things in common
Thursday - the topic of these Wordles is the title of a book, poem, song, fable, etc.
Friday - the topic of Friday Worldes will be a famous location
One more hint for teachers - If you hover over the Wordles on the Guess the Wordle site, you will see the answer!
Regardless of how you decide to use the Word Clouds, have fun with them and see how excited kids can get about the "wordy" projects. As always, comments are welcome - let us know how you're using one of these Word Cloud Generators or if you know of any others that should be listed here!