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The 5 Best Free Word Cloud Creation Tools for Teachers (Just waiting for your traits based approach!)

The 5 Best Free Word Cloud Creation Tools for Teachers (Just waiting for your traits based approach!) | 6-Traits Resources | Scoop.it
Word clouds are fun ways to get students thinking creatively about any topic. The problem is that it’s sometimes difficult to find the one that best meets your needs. Lucky for you, we’ve taken the dirty work out of it and compiled The 5 Best Free Word Cloud Creation Educational Tools for Teachers! Utilize these free educational technology tools to get your students’ minds immersed in any new topic.
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Brainstorm, revise, word choice, organize... all in a playful environment.   Engagement with the writing process is a sweet thing.

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Mike Dilger's curator insight, December 25, 2014 4:16 PM

Here are some Word Cloud tools that may be useful.

 

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A Beautiful Classroom Poster on Writing Accuracy ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

A Beautiful Classroom Poster on Writing Accuracy ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning | 6-Traits Resources | Scoop.it

Via Lynnette Van Dyke
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Ah, the art of peeling down writing... all shown in an infographic!

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Annie Edmonds 's curator insight, April 16, 2014 2:05 PM

The onion has lots of layers

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Slick Write

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Slick Write is a free tool that checks your writing for potential stylistic mistakes and other features of interest. Whether you're a blogger, novelist, or student writing an essay for school, Slick Write can help take your writing to the next level. Curious? Try a quick demo, or enter your own text in the editor tab. After submitting, four more tabs will appear at the top of the screen:

  • Critique - This tab contains the body of text with stylistic features highlighted.
  • Structure - Here you will find the sentences color coded by type and length.
  • Flow - Hold your readers' interest by maintaining good flow.
  • Stats - This is where you will find important statistics on a variety of subjects including readability, word frequencies, and repeated phrases.
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Lots of feedback!  Goes way beyond the traditional spell/grammar check.  A great revision tool. 

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WritingFix: The Writing Process...Revision Resources

WritingFix: The Writing Process...Revision Resources | 6-Traits Resources | Scoop.it

"I try to teach revision but I always seem to run out of time. It takes my students so long just to write rough drafts that I can't help but move straight to editing. Help me find ways to make more time for revision."


This page of resources for revision create the heart of any writing workshop classroom.

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6-Traits Resources: Color Coordinated Traits! by LaRae Kendrick

6-Traits Resources: Color Coordinated Traits! by LaRae Kendrick | 6-Traits Resources | Scoop.it

My characters, "Our Six Writing Friends," are color-coded and organized by the colors of the rainbow, ROYGBV.

 

To begin the revising process, I ask students to use crayons, pens or digital highlighting and read through their work 5 times...

 

...Now they are ready to take the colorful draft and create a clean and polished final draft. "Polished, not Perfect!"

 

This step-by-step revising is best for assignments that the students have spent a fair amount of time on, usually the types of writing required by the grade-level standards.

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Use Word Clouds in eLearning or face to face in your writing classroom.

Use Word Clouds in eLearning or face to face in your writing classroom. | 6-Traits Resources | Scoop.it
Encourage learners to use word clouds to revise and edit their assignments.
Ask learners to read over the essays or assignments they just created and pick and choose keywords. Then, encourage them to create a word cloud with these words, so that they can determine if their work is on-topic and relevant, or if it needs to be revised and edited further
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10 suggestions that will appeal to any writing teacher. Written for online teachers, this article fits any class setting; online, blended, or traditional. 

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Mike Dilger's curator insight, December 25, 2014 4:15 PM

Word Clouds are a great tool.  Here's one idea for incorporating into your classroom as a learning tool for students.

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12 Writing Exercises That Will Transform Your Copy Today ...

12 Writing Exercises That Will Transform Your Copy Today ... | 6-Traits Resources | Scoop.it
Demian Farnworth provides 12 exercises that help you flesh out and sharpen the overriding need your copy must focus on -- without repeating yourself.

Via Deanna Mascle, Jim Lerman
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Lesley Hussell's curator insight, February 10, 2014 4:41 AM

Here is a simple, orderly process to get you thinking like your customer and writing persuasive copy that shows how they need your product/service. Good for websites, brochures or sales letters.

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Exploding Moments and Shrinking Centuries | Student Lessons in Revision with Barry Lane | KET Video

Exploding Moments and Shrinking Centuries | Student Lessons in Revision with Barry Lane | KET Video | 6-Traits Resources | Scoop.it

This program provides writing exercises to help students expand small moments in time by using vivid detail, thoughtshots, and snapshots. Alternatively, it also includes exercises for compressing a long period of time into a single sentence or scene.

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Barry Lane does a wonderful job with his video lessons. Inspiring! 

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Revise for clarity? Some Whacky Insurance Bloopers

Revise for clarity? Some Whacky Insurance Bloopers | 6-Traits Resources | Scoop.it
J.D. Smith Insurance presents some whacky insurance bloopers that really happened.


"Coming home I drove into the wrong house colliding with a tree I don't have."

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Video:Conferring with an Avatar: Using Voki for Proofreading

I've always taught the importance of reading a paper aloud.  Every writer should do this when proofreading.  Using an avatar as a part of the process makes sense.  I've used VOKI, but this use never occurred to me.  What do you think? ~ Dennis


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Students use text-to-speech software (Web 2.0 Avatars) to listen to their writing aloud. We use this 21st century method for proofreading when students do not read over their writing or are unaware of mistakes in their story. Students use this self-discovery strategy of revision and editing in order to privately critique their own work before conferring with the teacher.



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Sue Ward's comment, October 12, 2012 7:41 PM
Sounds intriguing and practical - good to see the students taking control of their own learning.

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