One of the biggest challenges we face as educators is appealing to all types of learners within the classroom. One great way to help all students, particularly visual learners, engage with reading is to use Word Clouds. Word Clouds can help turn those boring reading assignments or learning key words into stimulating visuals to help increase student engagement.
Word Clouds turn words into pictures using different fonts, color schemes, and shapes. Creating Word Clouds is fun and easy. Students can create them using a piece of paper and colored markers or you can easily integrate technology into your classrooms by utilizing one of the many Word Cloud apps available online.
Here are just a few ways to incorporate Word Clouds into your curriculum:
Put your course outline into a Word Cloud and use it at the beginning of a course.
Place key terms or vocabulary words into a Word Cloud.
Have the entire class create a Word Cloud to review as an end-day activity.
Students can create their own personal Word Clouds in reflection from a discussion, an idea, a reading, or video.
Patti Wanamaker brings 21 years of experience to the Milady team, where she currently serves as an Academic Training Specialist. Her intimate understanding of the salon, school, and beauty industry comes from 18 years of hands-on experience as a multi-faceted training specialist, including 8 years of salon and spa ownership of 3 salons with annual sales of $5 million. Her experience in all 3 areas of our industry allows her to think outside the box and develop innovative trainings that not only inspire, but empower educators/trainers to create the most effective learning environments for their students.