Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Tagxedo, Wordle & Tagul: Word Cloud Generators


Tagxedo - highly recommended!  This program allows you to save the word cloud you have generated.  There are a multitude of options included such as ability to choose the shape of the word cloud.





Wordle Example
Wordle -Beautiful Word Clouds -is a fun and easy program for students to use.  It doesn't require an email address or password.  It provides a visual and graphical representation of how many times a word appears in a document.  If you would like to make a Wordle, you can have the most important words appear larger by typing them in more frequently.  Students are able to choose from a list of fonts, colours, and backgrounds.  Wordles can then be printed and there is a choice to make it public or private.  To save the Wordle, you can take a screen shot or print to pdf.
You could use this in Science, Social Studies, and Language Arts when analyzing the important details of a story or paragraph, or to make great posters for special occasions such as Mother's Day or Father's Day.
What is the origin of this Wordle? (click to enlarge)

Tagul: 
This is another word cloud generator.  It allows you more control over shape creation - select from star, square, circle, triangle, and cloud.
This is a free program but requires a sign up process.  In one user account, you can make 20 word clouds.  Each word become a "tag" and when clicked, will take you to the Google search results about that word.  Images can be saved, stored and printed.