Word Clouds: Lots of Options for Homework and Projects

These days multiple word cloud options are available for students and teachers.

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Designing with words is an easy way for learners to create illustrations with spelling or vocabulary words. Some word cloud sites can even evaluate short passages taken from reading material. While word designing is not, strictly speaking, an important 21st Century digital world skill, these websites encourage kids to organize information and create in clever and stylistic ways that were not easily accomplished before web 2.0 arrived on the scene.

Many people are familiar with Wordle – the original word cloud site — that is especially clean, easy-to-use, and without advertising. Yet, as with everything else in the digital world word cloud sites are increasing. Sites building off Wordle’s success offer various options for saving, sharing, copying, and embedding, but no one word cloud site offers everything. Most of the sites below allow users to format with colors, fonts, and typeface sizes.

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Presentations Without the Aggravation of Transferring Files

presentations at discovery

Check out these presentation tools at Discovery.com

Just about everyone has a presentation disaster experience at one time or another.

A child, or maybe an adult, prepares a great PowerPoint presentation, takes it to school or to the office, and then, for some reason, it doesn’t work, and we are never quite sure just why. Problem possibilities include the size of the file, the number and size of graphics, the way it attaches to e-mail, or perhaps the way a file copies onto a CD or flash drive. Operating system platforms used to be one of the big problems, but they are less so today.

Presenters can lessen potential problems by exploring several web-based tools that refine the whole process — writing, developing, and presenting. Because these new sites put presentations on a website, a document lives in the cloud and can be worked on or used almost anywhere. At Web 2.0 presentation sites a user simply signs in, creates a presentation, works steadily, saves, and accesses it again and again to continue working and begin presenting — on any computer connected to the web. Continue reading