Monday, August 29, 2011

Building a LiveBinder...Include Tagxedo

What... tuxedo?

No Tagxedo

Another awesome tool to inspire even the most cranky learner:

And that's cranky!

I was going through the feature shelves at LiveBinder again... and guess what I found?

My new favorite LiveBinder...Writing Resources to Inspire Students

Clicked on the tab Tagxedo and my world changed.

Tired of Wordle...try Tagxedo!

This one is easy-peasy to try. Now I will show you the magic...

1) Start by loading words or
2)Just type in any
*Twitter Id
* Id
*RSS (look-up)
3)Choose, color, theme, layout, shape..etc and voila...

Here is what my blog url looks like:

Educational Applications101 Ways to Use Tagexdo

Current Events
1)Visit the Daily Tuxedo
2)Scroll to the Daily tagxedo that appeals to you.
3)Click on the INTERACTIVE link below the image.
4)Use your cursor to select a word within the tagxedo cloud and it goes right to an information source.

Ice Breakers
Break the Ice At the beginning of the school year,
ask each student to make a Tagxedo about himself/herself
Show a sample (e.g. one about you, or previous class)
What you like, what's unique about you
Normalize Frequency make the exercise much easier (just give an ordered list of words or phrases)
classic cloud: >40 words/phrases shape: >100
Each student gets a few minutes to talk about themselves
Easiest - each makes a list, teacher makes Tagxedoes
Hardest - each makes own Tagxedo (with shape)
From slide 33

Summarize Chapters of a Book
Use text from the chapter
Highlight selected words to summarize the chapter or lead to the next
Use related shape
Example: Tom Sawyer, steamboat (silhouettes
From slide 50

Try any of these, and I can guarantee that your students will feel like this:

Other posts on this topic:
Digital Textbooks...Like Putting Lipstick on a Pig
Digital Textbooks...It's a Matter of Definition
Building a Textbook From Scratch...5 Reasons to Try LiveBinder
5 Tips for Starting Your Own LiveBinder
Need Videos for Your LiveBinder...Top 5 Sources
Need Images for Your LiveBinder...Top 5 Sources
Building a LiveBinder...Brick by Brick
Building a LiveBinder...Let it Bloom With These Tools

Let me know how it works out for you!

Until Next Time,
Lit Maven Out!

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