Quick Tech Tips

Wordle Lesson Plan Idea
You can use http://www.wordle.net to make word clouds of:
  • Character attributes for characters in a story you're reading
  • Causes or effects of an historic event
  • Descriptions of people from history
  • Vocabulary in a foreign language class, science class...

This activity takes about 15 minutes (or less depending on the speed of the typers) to do and the students enjoy it. It helps them focus on key aspects of the topic at hand while not dwelling too long on the technology!

iPIccy.com Word Cloud Lesson
Perhaps it's the end of the year and you're looking for a quick technology lesson to wrap up the year and spend time reflecting on what your students have learned this year. Or maybe you have finished a unit and want to know the keywords and phrases that students remember about what they've learned. Have them create a word cloud about it. While similar to the above idea, using iPiccy.com allows you to create word clouds with your own color scheme, font choices, and choose size and rotation of words and phrases.

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