Educators (K-12), who have used this site with their students or personally for a professional development activity, continue to praise its possibilities. Tagxedo is a word cloud Web 2.0 tool. A word cloud (word picture) is generated a number of ways at the site. Typically, words are typed, copy/pasted, or a URL is identified. The generated word cloud can then be manipulated by changing font, positions, colors, and shape.
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These are just a few examples of how educators have used Tagxedo:
- Before discussing a political speech or historical document, copy/paste the document into Tagxedo. The more often a word is used, the larger the word will appear in the word cloud. Students will be able to SEE the theme or message more clearly.
- Introduce a new unit of study or piece of literature with a word cloud. Encourage students to discuss”expectations,” based on the word image, before the content is studied.
- The first week of class, have students create word clouds using words that describe themselves or their interests-no names allowed. Post the pictures around the room, so students can learn about their new classmates and try to guess “who is who.”
- Create “visual” book reports or a title page for a report or PowerPoint presentation.
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