Using a word cloud generator is a great way to develop vocabulary, spelling, create objects to insert into a variety of presentations or a multitude of other uses. One of my favourite, and I think perhaps most powerful uses is to paste a given text into the generator and then you can use it to analyse the text. Since the most frequently used words are the largest – what does this tell us about the emphasis or bias of the author or even what is the most popular.
If you want some great ideas for using word clouds try this blog post by Michael Gorman called “108 Ways to use Word Clouds”
This is a very simple way to create word clouds. There is a choice of 6 different layouts, 24 themes and 20 different fonts.
This is a very elegant little app by ABCYa.com. Easy to use and easy to share – possibly my favourite to use.
While this costs $2.99 it is a lovely app because you can put your words into a variety of shapes and symbols and even design your own shapes.
What makes this word cloud app a little different is that is a little more customisable – you have a range of colour pallets to get the colour effects you want in your word cloud and the finished word cloud exports easily to your camera roll
AnswerGarden is a collaborative word cloud creator. It works like a work cloud in that the more times the word is typed in the larger it gets but it is so much more. AnswerGarden is a bit like Todaysmeet meets a word cloud. It is simple to create a new “garden” either on the app or the web. Pose a question, set the length of time you would like the garden to run for then share the unique code. Brilliant for brainstorming and collecting class responses.