Word It Out

If you like using Wordle; another website that allows you to make word clouds is Word It Out.

Simply enter some text and create your word cloud. You can then share your cloud if you want to. It is also possible to embed it on your blog or website.

Note that just as you can with Wordle you can use the tilde (~) character to keep words together. 
A great feature for mathematicians – WordItOut can easily cope with the equals sign, division signs also – see for example this equation.  (It is possible to use the equals sign in Wordle – use Advanced).
It seems other symbols are possible also.

Various options are available, you can change the colours of your words and the background colour, you can also change the size of the font and the variation in size allowed.

Emma made our Year 7 class a poster of the vocabulary needed for our work on shapes and here is a very simple example on Linear Sequences.

Wordle – using phrases

Wordle: Linear Sequences

Linear Sequences created with Wordle (www.wordle.net)

I have mentioned Wordle before – my Year 7s (11-12 year olds) really like using this to create posters.
I have only just discovered how to keep words together to create phrases using the tilde (~) character.
Thank you to Jamie Keddie for his posts (and to Sylvie Dolakova).

I have updated the LiveBinder on Wordle.

…and the last word to Emily who tried it out very quickly when she saw the details on our Wiki. 

Wordle – create word clouds

Today I showed Year 7 (11-12 year olds) Wordle.

I asked them for all the words they could think of to do with fractions and typed them into Wordle  – they were most impressed. They decided we should create a poster for each topic.

Image from http://www.wordle.net/ 

See also this post on creating phrases in Wordle and for further details of  Wordle and examples of classroom use – see this page on the Digital Tools blog.