Wordle is a simple word cloud generator that can turn any text into a word cloud. Word cloud generators use the words from any text and sort them from most commonly used terms to the least commonly used terms. Then the words are mixed up with the most common words appearing larger that the rest. The result is a word cloud such as the one below, which is a Wordle of the NETS for Teachers.
Wordle of the NETS for Students:
Here is a blog that lists other word cloud generators such as Tagxedo, ABCya, and Tagul. Take a look at the following screencast on how to make a simple wordle to use in your classroom.
Note: Wordle uses a Java Applet to run. Wordle creator Jonathan Feinberg recommends using Mozilla or Google Chrome instead of Internet Explorer as your browser when utilizing Wordle.
The usefulness of word clouds are, like any tool, based on how you use them. Please share how you might use this tool in your classroom.