Graphic Organizers and Word Clouds
Research on effective teaching and learning strategies (Classroom Instruction That Works, Marzano, Pickering, and Pollock) identifies non-linguistic representation strategies. The use of graphic organizers is an effective way to address different learning preferences.
Graphic organizers are concept maps that assist in the process of organizing ideas and communicating more effectively. Below we have several graphic organizers that will assist you as a teacher to organize your thoughts and ideas and share them easily with your students. They are essential resources for students to organize their thoughts and ideas when working on a project or paper.
Try at least one of the three organizers below. Each is a little different and there are various features that will help you determine which one to use for the project you are working on.
A word cloud is a visual representation of word frequency. If a word is repeated, it will show more prominence in a word cloud. Word clouds are used in the classroom for vocabulary practice, to highlight prominent words, and analyze sets of words. Try at least one of the word cloud resources below. You will also want to check the Additional Resources page for several more choices. Like the organizers above, each of the word cloud resources has different features for the task you want to accomplish.
Infographics are a way to sort, arrange, and present data and images in a visually appealing way. There are several online resources for creating infographics. The one shown here was created using Piktochart. For tutorials and a basic guide for the creation of infographics, click here. Another resource you might enjoy is called Easel.ly. A tutorial is available here. Both of these sites contain different templates.
Infographics are often used to convey information. To learn how to create one that will send the right message, read this blog post which has 11 infographics about infographics.
QR is short for Quick Response. It is the trademark for a type of matrix barcode first designed for the automotive industry. It has become popular because you can store a lot of information in the graphic image. The data can be retrieved and read with a QR reader software. Many teachers are creating them to provide a hyperlink to a website for students, or to provide additional information such as books reviews. Students can use a variety of devices to read QR codes. The device will need to have a camera, Internet connection and a small application to decode the QR code.
The information in the QR code might be an assignment, useful phone numbers, web sites for the class, study guides, email addresses, and messages, YouTube videos, Twitter, Facebook and much more.
To create a QR code for students to access on their iPad or phone use any of the following QR code creators:
1. QR Stuff- http://qrstuff.com
2. Kaywa- https://qrcode.kaywa.com/
3. Google Chrome has a widget to create a QR code
You and your students will need an App on your phone or device to read the QR codes, and the App store for your device will have a free QR code reader.
Check out additional resources for Visual Learning
After completing this Thing, the educator will:
- Know how to create online graphic organizers, word clouds, and QR codes
- Understand how to mind map, create word clouds, and QR codes
- Make connections with technology standards and best practice
- Transfer the learning to professional practice to promote mind mapping and brainstorming as well as QR codes to inspire creativity and organization in the classroom
21 Things Assignment:
1. Navigate to a web resource you frequently use in your content area or grade level. Copy a paragraph of information from the page and paste it into one of the word cloud tools. Describe which of the 108 ways on the list provided makes this a useful learning tool for your classroom? (Wordle, Tagxedo, etc.). Add your word cloud, description and a link to the resource on your Digital Portfolio site.
2. Select a mind mapping site and create an example for a lesson you are teaching next week, or a meeting coming up (bubbl.us, Gliffy, Popplet, etc.). Share your example in your Digital Portfolio as well as a brief description of how it fits into a lesson.
3. Create a QR code that will link out to your school website and upload the image to your Digital Portfolio.
4. Create a simple infographic that you can use for a lesson or to model the technology for students or other educators. Share a screenshot of your infographic on your Digital Portfolio as well as a brief summary of how you are going to use this infographic in a lesson with your students.
5. Select one of the visuals you created for this assignment, or a new one, and post it to your Face of the Classroom site. Remember to provide a link to the visual in your Digital Portfolio as well as a description of why you chose the visuals you did to post on your Face of the Classroom site.
6. Take the very short survey giving feedback on this Thing.
Addressing the ISTE Standards•T:
- Facilitate and Inspire Student Learning and Creativity a,c;
- Design and Develop Digital Age Learning Experiences and Assessments a, c;
- Model Digital Age Work and Learning a, b, c, d;
- Promote and Model Digital Citizenship and Responsibility b;
- Engage in Professional Growth and Leadership b, c
- Setting Objectives/Providing Feedback;
- Nonlinguistic Representations; Summarizing & Notetaking;
- Cues, Questions, Advance Organizers;
- Generating and Testing Hypotheses