Tagxedo is a tool that you can use to turn words into art.  It is similar to wordle in that you can create word clouds using text from a specific URL or text that you add.   Both tools allow you to choose font, layout and style.  Tagxedo offers more choices when creating your word cloud.

To add words to  a word cloud you can enter a url, twitter ID news keyword, search term, or RSS Feed.  You can also enter your own text.  I created the following word cloud using the URL of this blog.

All words are from this blog site- I just entered the URL

A few of the shape options

Using tagxedo, you can make a unique word cloud in minutes.  Once you have a group of words that you want to use, the real fun begins.  You will want to choose the shape of your layout.  You are also able to choose the font and theme.  After you create your customized word cloud, you are able to save this in a variety of ways.   (I did try to use the html code to embed the image into the blog, but it didn’t work.)

Do you need some ideas on how you can use this tool?  If so, have a quick look at this presentation,  101 Ways to Use Tagxedo

Elementary School Teachers Blog Too

It has been so wonderful to see how teachers across ISM are using blogs.  Currently, all teachers in the elementary school are using the blogs as a form of communication with parents.  The class blog serves as a “window” into the classroom.  In the past, every classroom teacher sent home a monthly class newsletter; the blogs have replaced this old form of communication and allow teachers to share events and learning as they happen.  The students are also learning how to interact with the blogs, and some grade 3 and 4 students are adding their own posts!  There are even some after school activities, such as Bamboo Shoots and Animarvelous, using a blog.  Below you will see a sample of blogs from across all levels of the elementary school.  We hope that this will offer a glimpse of all of the wonderful learning that is happening at the elementary level.  If you would like to see more examples of how teachers are using blogs in the elementary school, visit the ISM ES Blog to access links. 

Preschool                                          http://luhtalac.ism-online.org/ ECLC                                            http://mccallums.ism-online.org/
Grade 1                                                  http://stevensk.ism-online.org/ Grade 2                                          http://dupratm.ism-online.org/
Grade 3                                            http://mcgrathi.ism-online.org/ Grade 4                                       http://cooneyt.ism-online.org/
Art                                                       http://arnoldh.ism-online.org/ Music                                                       http://diazi.ism-online.org/
PE                                                            http://pekina.ism-online.org/ ESL Grade 1                  http://pagcaliwaganm.ism-online.org/
Children’s Media Center          http://piercer.ism-online.org/ Elementary ESL             http://elementaryesl.ism-online.org/
Bamboo Shoots                          http://bambooshoots.ism-online.org/ Animarvelous                 http://animarvelous.ism-online.org/