Word Clouds (wordle to most) can be a dynamic tool for visualizing text and for presenting a group’s thinking. They are AMAZING!
While planning for the Future of Learning conference at Harvard’s Graduate School of Education, I wanted to capture and share our participants’ views on “What are the key features of 21st Century Learning”. At first, word clouds didn’t cross my mind because in past experiences I had entered a historical speech, lecture notes or asynchronously generated google docs. All these use cases would be ineffective for our needs. But then it dawned on me, Socrative could aggregate our real-time responses. Of course!
Here’s the system.
1. Identify a question which will generate responses for your particular needs.*
- What 3 words best describe your summer?**
- What are you most excited about this school year?**
- What month were you born?**
- What are your 3 favorite foods?**
- What are the key features of 21st century learning? (reflected in the above word cloud)
- Which vocabulary words are giving you difficulty?
- List 5 key words from the chapter you just read.
- What 3 adjectives best describe this sculpture?
- What are synonyms and antonyms of _______?
* have students answer in all lower case so there is consistency in the word cloud.
** Import the quiz that includes these questions using SOC-337830
- A Short Answer question’s responses will populate your teacher screen.
- A Quiz may include many questions and the results will be available to view as a googledoc or an emailed Excel file.
3. Highlight all the answers and copy them.
- Short Answer – highlight and copy the responses on the teacher screen.
- Quiz – highlight and copy the column of the question you want to visualize.
4. Paste into a Word Cloud maker
- Wordle – The most well-known word cloud tool. It’s easy to use and quickly adaptable to help you find the colors, fonts, sizes and arrangements to suit your taste.
- Tagxedo – Tagxedo allows users to create clouds in various forms, such as Abe Lincoln’s head, triangles or the outlines of countries.
- Wordsift – You can further highlight words by subjects such as social studies or science. Developed as an ELL resource at Stanford.
- ABCya! - Word clouds for kids!
- Word Collage – an App for iPads