Teacher Review For Tagxedo

Great Comparison and Contrast Tool for Primary Sources

Kirk P.
Developer
Legacy High School
Broomfield, CO
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My Grades 11, 12
My Rating 4
Learning Scores
Engagement 4
Pedagogy 4
Support 4
My Students Liked It Yes
My Students Learned Yes
I Would Recommend It Yes
Setup Time Less than 5 minutes
Great for Creation
Homework
Individual
Small group
Student-driven work
Teacher-led lessons
Whole class
Great with Advanced learners
ELL
General
Low literacy
Special needs
How I Use It
I use this tool to have students loo at the larger theme of a certain document and then compare it to another Tagxedo jpeg from another document to look for similarities and differences. You can have students create Tagxedos of school classroom rule, of ideas for the classroom, as an introduction to a topic of study, and as a brainstorming tool to launch a lesson. The designs are funky and fun. I don't like the sales pitch of the site (What to buy) but for the usefulness of the site-- I will tolerate it as it is not very "loud" on the page.Thanks Tagxedo for taking Wordle one step up!
My Take
Although a simple tool it can be a great vocabulary and word aggregator for primary sources and can help students connect to the larger themes of a complex document. As a teaching tool it is amazing as it helps to deconstruct the words in a document and gives students a chance to closely loock at word choice by the creator of the document. It is easy to use, fast and simple, and the outcome jpeg can be shared with other audiences through two simple clicks.