We all know about Wordle and it's ability to create word clouds out of your text.
Now comes the "next generation" of word clouds. Check out Tagxedo!
According to the website, "Tagxedo turns words -- famous speeches, news articles, slogans and themes, even your love letters -- into a visually stunning tag cloud, words individually sized appropriately to highlight the frequencies of occurrence within the body of text."
Your text can come from anywhere - your personal writing, web sites, your Delicious links, an RSS feed. This word cloud can then be presented in a picture shape. The website also give choices on how to save the word cloud (jpg) and size (thumbnail size to much larger).
Do you want some more ideas about how to use this in the classroom? Click HERE for a slide presentation on 101 Ways to Use Tagxedo.
Check the picture below for an example of a Tagxedo word cloud (in the shape of an apple!) of the text from this blog post.
Have you used this tool? Leave a comment and share your insight.