Arcall and Webheads 2010 Monthly Activities

We are pleased to announce ARCALL free monthly activities. In order to become 21st century teachers we need to constantly update our ICT knowledge and it is much better to do this sharing and collaborating together.

We welcome you aboard!!!!

Below you will find the different tools we will explore during March.

March: Creating word clouds

What is a word cloud?

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A tag cloud with terms related to Web 2.0

A Tag Cloud for Searching on Google

A tag cloud or word cloud (or weighted list in visual design) is a visual depiction of user-generated tags, or simply the word content of a site, typically used to describe the content of web sites. Tags are usually single words and are normally listed alphabetically, and the importance of a tag is shown with font size or color.[1] Thus, both finding a tag by alphabet and by popularity are possible. The tags are usually hyperlinks that lead to a collection of items that are associated with a tag.

Our topic this month is Creating Word Clouds with Wordle, Image Chef, Word it out and ABCya!

Many teachers are already using Word Clouds in their classroom. Let´s read about their wonderful ideas:

12 Word Cloud Resources, Tips, & Tools by Shelly Terrell

Tech Tools & Pedagogy II – Word Clouds by Marisa Constantinides (check “A quick comparison chart”

Using Word Magnets in the ESL classroom by Russell Stannard

Using WordSift in the ESL classroom by Russell Stannard

Are you using any of these tools in your classroom? How would you integrate these tools?

Our main idea is to discuss the pedagogical use of these tools.

Examples of Word Clouds in the ESL classroom

http://blog.vaughany.com/tag/wordle/
http://dougpete.wordpress.com/2009/09/15/a-wordle-example/
http://tinyurl.com/yczywuv by Mariel Amez
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