Two of my favorite freebie web-tools are Tagxedo and Wordle. Yes, I know everyone knows about Wordle, but most are unfamiliar with Tagxedo. They both are similar - tag cloud generators - however, Tagxedo makes the coolest shapes with their tag clouds, see?
In case you aren't sure what a tag cloud generator is it basically takes words and phrases (that either you enter yourself or you tell it to grab from a URL) and displays them in a "word splash" form based on frequency. For example, if you say "Butterflies" 100x in a website, it will make the world "butterflies" bigger since you used it so often. This video helps to understand Tagxedo. Here is a slide show which shows the many uses of Wordle (which can also be applied to the lovely Tagxedo).
I like to use either web tool for:
- Get to know you introductions
- Debriefing a concept or lesson
- Assessing prior knowledge on a subject
- Just to be cool (since they are so pleasing to the eye)
Happy Tech Day,