Word Clouds, K-12

Many teachers know about Wordle—a word cloud generator. This article provides a unique way to use the word cloud generator tools. Some clouds help students analyze a group of text using more than just the generated cloud, another allows students to be creative with the cloud shape, and another connects the words in the cloud to web pages.

Connections to 6-8 Technology Literacy Iowa Core Essential Concepts and/or Skills:
• Demonstrate creative thinking in the design and development of innovative technology products and problem solving.
• Collaborate with peers, experts, and others using interactive technology.
• Plan strategies utilizing digital tools to gather, evaluate, and use information.
• Use critical thinking skills to conduct research, solve problems, and make informed decision using appropriate technological tools and resources.