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(reposted from from DigitalGoonies.com)
Most of you, by now, have heard of Wordle (see our Jan. 20th post). And don’t get me wrong- Wordle is fabulous. But even Wordle’s creator is singing the praises of Tagxedo. This awesome web app does the same thing Wordle does, but adds so many more options!In short, it makes a word cloud based on words you enter. The more times a word appears, the larger it is displayed.

Some things to consider…
  • Free (a few premium features are locked- or will be)
  • No login required
  • Silverlight (free plugin) is required- though this is becoming standard for many new interactive websites
  • Great possibilities for curriculum integration
    • Describing the Kingdoms in science
    • Parts of speech in language arts
    • Key facts centered around an important event or person
    • And on and on!



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Wordle

This great site generates a cloud map based on text that you enter or paste into the field. The more frequently a word appears, the larger it is displayed. You can manipulate the image layout, colors, etc. There is no registration required. The only downside- you must use a screen capture utility to grab the image!
















Sketchcast

This cool site allows you to draw on a whiteboard in multiple colors. It also allows you the ability to vocally narrate what you are drawing- if you wish. This would be especially great for showing math solutions or explaining diagrams of various concepts. Take a look at this...