Word BankDon Johnston just announced another new product, Word Bank for Google Chrome. A similar support to Co:Writer but without the prediction features, Word Bank easily creates a word cloud or word list on a topic from an electronic document or web information. Word Bank provides a floating tool with options to customize the word list supporting use of vocabulary when writing.
How does it work? Here are some screenshots of Word Bank:
Word Bank is an extension added to your Chrome Browser. When activated, the above dialog box is available with a search tool bar allowing choices of gathering general topic words or from a specific web page. The process is easy and the word banks can be saved for later use.
Words in the word bank are spoken aloud when selected and can be easily inserted into your document when clicked to reduce spelling and copying errors.
Options available within the settings of the Word Bank tool allows you to rename a Word Bank saved, delete it, download a word bank, print, choose a layout (alphabetical or circular- which is like a word cloud with frequency of words displayed), and provides a slider for the number of words desired.
The options of layout and number of words can help with differentiating the list from complex to simple pending the student skill level. Although I have not trialed this with students, it appears to be another great writing support for struggling writers.
More information and a video about Word Bank can be found at Word Bank Demo Video, and Word Bank overview page.
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