Tagxedo is a word cloud building website similar to Wordle. With this site you are able to copy/paste
words from a text source or url. The site will size words based on frequency of occurrence. The benefit
of this site is you create these word clouds to shapes.
you will use the tools on the new page such asl oad (for your words or url), andshape (to decide what
shape to use). There are other tools to change fonts and color. You can save the word cloud in
Try thinking of this site as a way to introduce a primary source document with students. Take
the text from a document like the Gettysburg Address, copy/paste the text, and generate a
word cloud to the shape of a star or the outline of the US. Ask the students to point out
prominent words first, then focus on meaningful words to them.
Word Sift is a word cloud site meant to visually describe the words. Similar to Wordle and Tagxedo, a
word cloud is generated from text or a url. The more frequent a word appears in the text, the larger it
will appear. Unlike Tagxedo or Wordle though, Word Sift gives the user the capability to click on a word
and have a visual thesaurus appear. Google images will also tag the word clicked to show any pictures
that would appear in a Google search of the term selected.
Go tow ww .wo r dsi ft.com . In the large box up top, copy/paste the text or url and generate the word
cloud. Then pick any vocabulary word from the cloud. When clicked, the lower right-hand portion of
the screen will word map with other words similar or linked to that word. To the lower left-hand side,
Google search results will appear for images associated with the selected term. (A note of caution: Not
all of the Google images would be what I want to pop up when students use this build vocabulary. Don’t
be surprised, always check out the images that pop up prior to using in class in a live situation.)
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