Tagxedo

 

” Tagxedo is an online tool that turns words into stunning artworks” Hardy Leung, creator of Tagxedo.

 

 

Here are some of the strengths of Tagxedo taken from the Tagxedo website.

Making word cloud is fun, and is much more fun with Tagxedo! With Tagxedo, you can:

  • make word clouds in real-time
  • customize font, theme, color, orientation, and shape
  • fine-tune with lots of options
  • save as images for printing and sharing
  • view your word clouds as thumbnails, and pick the one you want for further tweaking or saving
  • choose from many standard fonts
  • use custom fonts (e.g. downloaded from Font SquirrelDaFontFontSpace, or your own hand-drawn fonts)
  • constrain the word cloud to selected shapes (heart, star, animals, etc)
  • use images as custom shapes (e.g. a portrait, an animal silhouette)
I think tagxedo could be a great tool for the classroom. It is a fun way for students to merge technology and writing together. It seems easy enough to use and you do not have to sign up, which is great for students without an e-mail address. You just log in and create.
Almost any subject in school could find a use for tagxedo. Any history unit could make a tagxedo on a famous person, including artist, presidents, authors etc. Students could also create a tagxedo to accompany something they have written.
I would like to try this program with my upper grades next year when they do an artist study.
Here is an example I found of a completed Tagxedo of Frida Kalho

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