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More Web 2.0 Tools Handout

More Web 2.0 Tools Handout

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Published by Brian Thomas
A follow-up to TCI's Guide to Free Web 2.0 Tools, this edition includes sites such as Tagxedo, Animoto, and The Bus Ride. All these sites are easy and fun to use with your students and have so many possibilities. The real power comes with the pedagogy you use. For more information on strategies that can empower tech tools, visit us at www.teachtci.com.
A follow-up to TCI's Guide to Free Web 2.0 Tools, this edition includes sites such as Tagxedo, Animoto, and The Bus Ride. All these sites are easy and fun to use with your students and have so many possibilities. The real power comes with the pedagogy you use. For more information on strategies that can empower tech tools, visit us at www.teachtci.com.

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©Teachers’ Curriculum Institute
More Free Web 2.0 Tools for Teachers
MORE FREE WEB 2.0 TOOLS FOR TEACHERS
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Tagxedo
What is it?

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.

How do I get started?
Go tohttp:/ /www.tag xe do .com /. If your computer does not already have Microsoft Silverlight loaded
on your computer, you will be prompted to do that first. The home page will show all sorts of examples
from the site’s extensive gallery. To create your first word cloud, click the create button. From there

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
numerous formats.

How can I use it with my students?

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.

Challenge students to create a word cloud from essays or even articles from newspapers.
See this example of how to use word clouds in lessons:
http://www.youtube.com/user/TeachTCI#p/c/66B760DBD7D45582/2/6il30O3m5xg
MORE FREE WEB 2.0 TOOLS FOR TEACHERS
www.teachtci.com8 0 0- 497 - 6138
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Word Sift
What is it?

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.

How do I get started?

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.)

How can I use it with my students?
This is a great site that could be used to build vocabulary awareness. Take for example the idea
of some of the hard vocabulary in the Preamble of the Constitution. A teacher could load the
Preamble up and then click on words like “ordain” or “tranquility.”
See this example of how to use word clouds in lessons:
http://www.youtube.com/user/TeachTCI#p/c/66B760DBD7D45582/2/6il30O3m5xg

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