How I Use It
I used Tagxedo with my third grade students on two occasions. The first time I used this product, I had students working with various 100's divisions of the Dewey Decimal system. Students worked as a group to brainstorm topics from their assigned division, and then each student individually created a Tagxedo. We then printed the word-clouds and displayed them near the corresponding area. Unfortunately, finding the "print" option stumped us for a bit, but once we found it - all was well. We used this a second time when studying biographies. Students researched a historical figure from our state and students then created wordclouds with words describing their figure. While this was a great tool to use, I think the students were more interested in adjusting the design rather than adding more words to their word cloud. I would suggest having the students brainstorm the words PRIOR to putting them on the computer. Otherwise, the students may be less motivated to create terms because they would rather spend time making it look pretty.
I love the end products that Tagxedo makes, but unfortunately, getting there isn't incredibly easy. The layout of the website isn't as intuitive as some comparable word cloud websites. I like that you can change the layout of the words and upload your own picture if you'd like. I also love that the students can use this without creating an account or providing an e-mail address. Despite the less-than-perfect layout, it is still a great tool to use.