This week I thought we would start with an easy one to integrate into your teaching and learning, the “word cloud”. Word clouds are a useful tool for many tasks and are already widely used across the school. There are a number of sites and a number of ways to use them. My favourite one to use is Tagxedo which allows students to add words, websites or large amounts of text then customize the shape by either using the pre-set pictures and words or adding their own pictures. Other sites which I have used and are used widely across the school include Wordle, and Tagul. The downside to Tagul is that students need to become members of the site to start using it, which just adds one more step when trying to set up quickly in a computer room or when using laptops. Please take the time to leave a comment on how you use word clouds in your teaching and learning as well any other sites which you use. The following articles are also a good guide to more word cloud generators and how to use them in the classroom.