Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Word Clouds for Kids

There seem to be several word cloud services available for teachers to use in the classroom.  The one that I like to use with teachers, especially in elementary, is called Word Clouds for Kids. This word cloud generator is free.  Once words are added to the text box, a word cloud is generated, and a tool bar of graphical buttons are used to manipulate the appearance of the word cloud.  Colors, fonts, and layouts can be changed and it's easy to go back to the text box to edit words just by clicking on a back arrow button.  Students can also save their word clouds to the desktop as a jpeg or print directly from the Internet site.  Another bonus for teachers is that educational computer games are offered by grade levels K-5. If you go to the home page of Word Clouds for Kids called ABCya, elementary teachers will not only find educational computer games, but also Apps for Kids to use on iOS devices. Note:  The only drawback is that there are advertisements that will be seen on the site, but that is how the site is paid for so that teachers can use it for free with their students. Check it out!

2nd Grade Examples from Granite Elementary


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