Tagxedo is such a wonderful program, that can be used for many things. Teachers can use Tagxedo to encourage students to learn vocabulary; for instance my daughter could upload a picture of a tornado and then insert all the words used to define and/or describe a tornado and Tagxedo could make an image of a tornado appear with all the associated words. Below you see a Tagxedo that was created using my personal page. All I did was insert my web address into the address bar, select my shape from the shapes available and let it go. Then I played with the color options, I used the theme colors, As you can see from the picture below, you can also change to orientation of the shape and the font used.
Tagxedo can also be used to advertise businesses and create fun novelty items (I feel like a commercial now). It would also be a great way for my FBLA students to promote Earthday in our school!
Tagxedo can be found at http://www.tagxedo.com/
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I had fun playing with this web app. One of the things I like best about this web 2.0 app is that there are a variety of ways you can share you shape, again refer to the image below, it shows how I could share it using the web, but notice that I can also save it as an image, a print, or a thumbnail. Tagxedo will even allow you to share your word map on Twitter and Facebook.
I found and experimented with this Web 2.0 app for this class but I can see how I can use this app to encourage my little girls to do topic specific vocabulary as well as ways I might be able to encourage my students at school.
Example of Tagxedo on Web