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5 Ways to Use Word Clouds in Every Subject Area – Easy EdTech Podcast 121

July 20, 2021

In this episode, let’s explore what word clouds are, how to make them, and ways to use them in every subject area. You’ll hear five ways to boost student engagement and increase participation throughout the school day.

Using Word Clouds

Why are word clouds useful? A word cloud shows off trends. For example, if you took the text of five articles about sharks and ran it through a word cloud generator, some of the biggest, boldest words in a word cloud might be ocean (used to describe where they live), large (used to describe their size), or boat (used to describe where research is taking place.)

In today’s episode, we are going to look at how to use word clouds with student-submitted words. Instead of copy and pasting a large piece of text into a word cloud generator, we’ll look at five activities you can try with students. These activities will ask them to submit responses to a prompt or a question by adding one or a few words to a word cloud generator.

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In this episode, let’s explore what word clouds are, how to make them, and ways to use them in every subject area. You’ll hear five ways to boost student engagement and increase participation throughout the school day.

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Tips for Word Clouds

  • First, start off with a do now.
  • Next, spotlight a challenging vocabulary word.
  • Then, share an action word.
  • Finally, reflect on an experience & share a favorite.

Sponsored by Microsoft Education

This episode is sponsored by Microsoft Education and I’m so excited to partner with them this summer. Have you seen the new Reading Progress tool in Microsoft Teams? It’s totally free and will transform the way you think about reading fluency. I was completely blown away when I saw Reading Progress in action and I know you will be too. Just go to https://aka.ms/ReadingProgressPP to find out more about the free Reading Progress tool in Microsoft Teams.

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Dr. Monica Burns is a former classroom teacher, Author, Speaker, and Curriculum & EdTech Consultant. Visit her site ClassTechTips.com for more ideas on how to become a tech-savvy teacher.

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