Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Word Cloud Exploration and Creation

Background Info: 

As our first computer lab exploration we will be spending time in the lab creating word clouds.  Word clouds are a great way to summarize information in a fun format....or to share a list! Today we are getting used to the lab as a way to explore technology applications, trying out this blog as a way to communicate class plans,  and practicing computer skills (typing, copying and pasting, using multiple windows at the same time, and printing). We also want everyone to think about using each other to help troubleshoot computer problems and COLLABORATE as you problem solve!

The PLAN: 

We will be making word clouds that share some of our interests!

Step 1.  Open a Microsoft Word document and type your list.  
Include your first name at least five times.   
Include at least five interests. You can use your interest survey for ideas!

Step 2.  Choose one program from the following three programs to create a word cloud (click the link to open the program):

ABCya Word Cloud Generator:  http://www.abcya.com/word_clouds.htm

Wordle:  http://www.wordle.net/create

Tagxedo:  http://www.tagxedo.com/app.html

Step 3.  Copy and paste your Microsoft Word list into the program.

Step 4.  Use the design features until you are happy with your results!

Step 5.  Print your final word cloud. (Since these are in color, check in with an adult to make sure your printer is set up correctly!)

Step 6.  If you have extra time, try out a different program.  Which do you like better? How are they different?

Check out this word cloud by Mrs. Redford--it is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 3.0 Unported License.

And here is one by Mrs. Rankin!

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