Wednesday, June 6, 2012

A Nice Word Cloud Generator from ABCya!

Disclosure: ABCya! gives me money for groceries and dog food every month. Actually, they give me money for advertising. 

I should have known this, but I didn't. I just learned from Michael Gorman that ABCya! offers a beautiful word cloud generator. Like all word cloud generators you simply copy and paste chunks of text into the text box to have a word cloud created. Common words like "the" are automatically excluded from your word clouds. You can edit the font style, adjust color schemes, and flip the layout of your word clouds on the ABCya! Word Cloud Generator. The one shortcoming of the tool is that it doesn't provide embed codes. You can download and or print your word clouds.

Applications for Education
A couple of years ago Tom Barrett started slidedeck of interesting ways to use Wordle in the classroom. The ideas presented by Tom and many other contributors can be applied to the ABCya! Word Cloud Generator.