Tagxedo

Website review by
Polly Conway, Common Sense Media
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Simple tag cloud creator gives words shape.

Parents say

age 11+
Based on 2 reviews

Kids say

age 5+
Based on 1 review

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Educational value

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.

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
Sex
Language
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

What 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.

User Reviews

Adult Written bycatherinee October 19, 2014

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 does... Continue reading
Adult Written byTjb1 October 7, 2014

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 w... Continue reading
Teen, 17 years old Written byalbili October 3, 2014

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 aro... Continue reading

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?

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.

Talk to your kids 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

For kids who love being creative

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