Tag clouds have been an engaging way to reinforce vocabulary and other lessons, and over the past couple of years we’ve shown Wordle to a lot of teachers in QTL sessions and other workshops. Now comes a tool that is even fancier.
Tagxedo lets you create word clouds that have interesting shapes, with enhanced interactivity and just a lot more movement. Using it is as simple as entering a URL or pasting in text, and seeing which words pop out as the most significant. Take a passage of text from an article on the topic your discussing, and use Tagxedo to identify key terms or just start a classroom discussion.
Mark Brumley created a nice tutorial that you can find on the HP teachers’ site. I watched half of that and then created the following in less than two minutes.
Fast, easy, fun, and informative.