Monday, 28 January 2013

November 30, 2012 - Wordle and Tagxedo

Happy Friday is your Tech Tidbit for the week...

I am sure that many of you have seen the amazing images created by a Wordle, but have you tried creating one?

A Wordle is a collage of words based on a specific topic.  You go to and click on create,  then input the words into the text box, or submit a web address and all of the words will be used in the image.   The more times a word appears in the text, the greater the size of the word in the final product.  You can choose to alter the colour, font and layout of the words.  A great way for students to create title pages or to introduce a new topic to the class,

Once you have mastered the Wordle, you may wish to try a Tagxedo.  A Tagxedo is similar to a Wordle, however the words are arranged into shapes and images. The process is realtively the same; just go to and click on create.  Under 'Load' enter your text and choose the shape for your design from the Shapes menu on the left hand side.  If you are feeling adventurous you can even tweak the Word and Layout options to omit frequently used words such as 'the' or 'and' or to include numbers.  The possibilities are endless...

You may recall the Terry Fox poster where the message created the image of his face - a perfect example of a tagxedo!  Amaze your students with your graphic design abilities!
Give it a try, there is no wrong way to make one and it is fun to see the images and collages which they create!

As always if there are any questions or problems with this or other tech related issues please feel free to ask me!

Have a great weekend~

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