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Tagxedo

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Learning(i)

Simple tag cloud creator gives words shape.

What parents need to know

Positive messages

Kids can use tag clouds to say nice things about each other; they're a great way to outline a person's best qualities.

Violence
Not applicable
Sex
Not applicable
Language
Not applicable
Consumerism

The website includes a link to the Tagxedo Gift Shop, where kids can buy mugs, T-shirts, and other merchandise with word clouds on them.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking
Not applicable

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Tagxedo is a website that lets kids explore words in a visual way. Its simple format makes it a great place to turn for fun virtual flash card creation, text analysis, or just playing around with words. Kids might want to get silly with it at first, putting in swear words, etc., but they'll get to the point eventually.

What kids can learn

Subjects

Language & Reading

  • presenting to others
  • reading
  • vocabulary

Math

  • grouping

Skills

Thinking & Reasoning

  • part-whole relationships
  • applying information
  • collecting data

Creativity

  • making new creations

Communication

  • conveying messages effectively

Tech Skills

  • using and applying technology
  • digital creation

Engagement, Approach, Support

Engagement

The instant results are very satisfying, and it's really fun to tinker around with shapes, fonts, and colors to perfect your tag cloud. Kids will love making these for friends!  

Learning Approach

While the learning here is generally surface-level, it's a non-linear way to present ideas, and kids can get very creative with the possibilities.

Support

The 101 Ways to Use Tagxedo page is a little hard to navigate and loads slowly, but it does contain some quality ideas. There's a Quick Start guide for new users, a detailed FAQ, and specialized tutorials.

What kids can learn

Subjects

Language & Reading

  • presenting to others
  • reading
  • vocabulary

Math

  • grouping

Skills

Thinking & Reasoning

  • part-whole relationships
  • applying information
  • collecting data

Creativity

  • making new creations

Communication

  • conveying messages effectively

Tech Skills

  • using and applying technology
  • digital creation

Younger kids can use Tagxedo to learn vocabulary skills, and it works great as a foreign language learning tool for kids of any age. Kids can also analyze web pages, online books, Twitter, or their own blogs to see which subjects they focus on the most. Tagxedo is a creative way to evaluate and present text and word usage.

This Learning Rating review was written by Polly Conway

What's it about?

Tagxedo is a website that allows users to create word clouds from any text. What's a word cloud? It's a cloud made of words, of course. You input any words or text blocks into Tagxedo's interface, choose a shape and font, and the result is a cloud-like visual interpretation, with words appropriately sized to show their frequency in the text. The site can pull text from a user's Twitter account, blog, or any URL they type in, as well as custom words. Shapes include a heart, star, and apple, and there's a wide selection of fonts to choose from as well.

Is it any good?

QUALITY

Kids will love making customized word clouds, and Tagxedo certainly makes it easy to create a slick-looking image in just a few minutes. It seems basic at first, but there are a handful of ways to make the site a valuable learning tool (some of which are outlined in "101 Ways to Use Tagxedo," a helpful slideshow. The interface is extremely easy to manipulate and even younger kids should be able to play around with it.

Families can talk about...

  • Have kids think of as many words as they can that begin with a letter, then create a series of alphabet-shaped clouds.

  • Create a family word cloud after dinner, adding words that describe what you do best together and what makes you happy.

  • Have kids type in the words of a favorite poem or short story and select a shape that relates to the story.

Website details

Genre:Creating
Pricing structure:Free

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  • Best: Really engaging; great learning approach.
  • Very Good: Engaging; good learning approach.
  • Good: Pretty engaging; good learning approach.
  • Fair: Somewhat engaging; OK learning approach.
  • Not for Learning: Not recommended for learning.
  • Not for Kids: Not age-appropriate for kids; not recommended for learning.

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What parents and kids say

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Adult Written bycatherinee October 19, 2014
LEARNING

All in all it's a pretty good tool

This tool is an advanced version of wordle. It allows accents and the ability to type your word cloud into a shape which are things Tagxedo has that wordle doesn't. Tagxedo is a fun and handy tool for elementary students but isn't very applicable to high school students. This tool could be used in the business world if you want to promote and idea but that's about it.
Adult Written byTjb1 October 7, 2014
LEARNING

Tagxedo Review

Tagxedo is a super cool image/ word cloud maker. It is really an awesome tool because you can enter a website URL and it will auto generate an image made with words. The 101 Ways to Use Tagxedo page is a little hard to navigate and loads slowly, but it does contain some quality ideas. There's a Quick Start guide for new users, a detailed FAQ, and specialized tutorials which is really useful for getting good at it. This tool really isn't that useful for "learning" but it is a cool way to display visuals in presentations. As for the business world, it would be hard to put this to good use. However, a business could use this as a creative way for advertising. Tagxedo." Educator Review. N.p., n.d. Web. 20 Sept. 2014.
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Teen, 17 years old Written byalbili October 3, 2014
LEARNING

Tagxedo

Tagxedo Review I am a Student a high school in Kansas, and I had a research project here on tagxedo. I spent about a three hours on tagxedo simply playing around on it, looking at reviews and making a presentation to present to my class. Some things I look for in a good Web 2.0 tool is: easy to use, colorful, and has multiple uses for the business world and for education. When I think about using Tagxedo, it looked as if it was a website that was put together very quickly and then forgot about. Once I started using it, the website was very hard to use. I figure out what the “color, theme, ordination” all meant but it took me around 30 minutes to figure out how to change the words to something besides “earth.” It was strange that to change the words you had to go under “load,” how changing the words goes under “load” I still have no idea. That made it very confusing to use. Using this website in the education world, I can see it more in elementary school to learn how to use a computer and just for fun to tinker with it. In high school and in the professional world I do not know how you would use it besides to jazz up a presentation or make a shirt with the design but from the preview of the design the quality of the shirt is questionable. Some of the things I did like were the easiness of the website once you did figure out how to use it and the hours of fun a kid could have on this website. Another thing would be that you do not have membership to do anything on the website. When Looking into the website some of the reviews said ““Really fun to tinker around with shapes, fonts, and colors to perfect your tag cloud.” Another said “learning here is generally surface-level” and “little hard to navigate and loads slowly, but it does contain some quality ideas” Overall I would not use this website a ton but maybe I would in the future to jazz up a presentation. It was fun to play on for a while but someone would only have use for Tagxedo every once in a while. "Tagxedo." Educator Review. N.p., n.d. Web. 16 Sept. 2014.
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