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)

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.