One of my favorite web tools is Wordle (www.wordle.net). According to their website:
“Wordle is a toy for generating “word clouds” from text that you provide. The clouds give greater prominence to words that appear more frequently in the source text. You can tweak your clouds with different fonts, layouts, and color schemes. The images you create with Wordle are yours to use however you like. You can print them out, or save them to the Wordle gallery to share with your friends”.
Here is a wordle I created from the text in this blog:
My favorite use of Wordle “Word Clouds” is as a pre-reading strategy. When I find an article with math content to use in a class, I create a “word cloud” and insert it into a Power Point slide. BEFORE students read the article, they write a prediction of what they think the article is about based on the “word cloud”. This makes a great student warm-up!
Here is an example. What do you think the article will be about?
Check yourself: Here is the link to the article https://www.mentalfloss.com/blogs/archives/59993
Were you correct?
Here are a couple of links to other great uses of Wordle.net:
47 Interesting Ways to Use Wordle in the Classroom https://docs.google.com/present/view?id=dhn2vcv5_157dpbsg9c5
More Than Wordles http://mwedwardstechnology.blogspot.com/2010/03/morethanwordles.html
Word Cloud Resources http://teacherbootcamp.edublogs.org/2010/02/14/12-word-cloud-resources-tips-tools/