ALEX Learning Activity

  

Fun with Word Clouds

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  This learning activity provided by:  
Author: Karen Pearson
System:
School:
  General Activity Information  
Activity ID: 153
Title:
Fun with Word Clouds
Digital Tool/Resource:
Tagxedo
Web Address – URL:
Overview:

Tagxedo turns words -- famous speeches, news articles, slogans and themes, even your love letters -- into a visually stunning word cloud, words individually sized appropriately to highlight the frequencies of occurrence within the body of text.

  Associated Standards and Objectives  
Content Standard(s):
Digital Literacy and Computer Science
DLIT (2018)
Grade: 3
13) Communicate key ideas and details collaboratively in a way that informs, persuades, and/or entertains, using digital tools.

Example: Create a digital presentation to persuade school administrators to allow additional time for lunch.

Unpacked Content
Evidence Of Student Attainment:
Students will:
  • communicate key ideas and details collaboratively in a way that informs, persuades, and/or entertains using digitial tools.
Teacher Vocabulary:
  • key ideas
  • informs
  • persuades
  • entertains
  • communicate
  • digital tools
  • collaborate
  • online environment
  • tutorial
  • artifact
Knowledge:
Students know:
  • that digital tools are available that enable them to inform others.
  • that digital tools are available that enable them to persuade others.
  • that digital tools are available that enable them to entertain others.
  • how to locate directions or tutorials for working in digitial tools.
  • that communication has a specific purpose and audience.
  • that collaboration in digital tools can occur 24/7 in various locations.
Skills:
Students are able to:
  • design communications using various digital tools that informs, persuades, and/or entertains.
  • locate and follow directions or tutorials for working with digital tools.
  • explain the purpose of an artifact they create.
  • collaborate with peers in an online environment.
Understanding:
Students understand that:
  • various digital tools are available to communicate key ideas and details.
  • directions or tutorials can be located online to assist with creation.
  • all communication has a purpose.
Digital Literacy and Computer Science
DLIT (2018)
Grade: 4
12) Use basic features of digital tools to communicate key ideas and details in a way that informs and/or persuades.

Unpacked Content
Evidence Of Student Attainment:
Students will:
  • use basic features of digital tools to communciate key ideas and details in a way that informs and/or persuades.
Teacher Vocabulary:
  • digital tools
  • communicate
  • key ideas
  • informs
  • persuades
Knowledge:
Students know:
  • digital tools are available that enable them to inform others.
  • digital tools are available that enable them to persuade others.
Skills:
Students are able to:
  • use basic features such as headings, text, and images to communicate key ideas that inform and/or persuade.
Understanding:
Students understand that:
  • digital tools can be used to communicate by informing and/or persuade others.
Learning Objectives:

Students will demonstrate prior knowledge of content area vocabulary.

Students will use digital tools to produce a word cloud poster.

  Strategies, Preparations and Variations  
Phase:
Before/Engage
Activity:
The student(s) will:

  • recall content vocabulary terms
  • create word clouds in real-time using content vocabulary

1.  Explain to students that they will be creating a word cloud using Tagxedo http://www.tagxedo.com

2.  Instruct students to open Tagxedo and click on the word create.  When the following page opens, click on the word load.

3.  Ask students to type their words or phrases into the text box.  Remind them that, if they want to include phrases, they need to put hyphens between the words.  Spaces between the words break the words apart.  The more times a word is entered into the text box, the larger the word will be. Click on submit.

4.  Once students have clicked the submit button, they may change the theme or shape of the word cloud so it fits their topic. 

5.  The completed word clouds can be printed or saved as a PDF file.

Assessment Strategies:

1.  Determine if the students have prior knowledge of the content area vocabulary (i.e. literary terms, science vocabulary,historical events, etc.).  

2.  Ask students to discuss their word cloud vocabulary choices.


Advanced Preparation:

Download latest version of Silverlight. 

Install printer or PDF creator on computers.

Verify internet connection.

Students will need access to computers.

Variation Tips (optional):
 
Notes or Recommendations (optional):

Use this tool when introducing or reviewing vocabulary terms for any subject.

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