Monday, December 17, 2012

HBRC Day 2 - Word Clouds

During the Holiday Break Reading Challenge you will see many activities that involve technology in some way.  You'll be creating collages, book trailers, covers, etc.  We are going to start you out easy though.  For today's activity, Julie and I want you to create a Word Cloud. There are two websites to help you accomplish this task. is the first one I'll show you.  Wordle allows you to copy and paste text.  So, if you've written a review of a book you can just copy it in the box and the Wordle will use those words to create the cloud.  If you don't have a review you can simply type in a list of words that apply.  Remember, both of these websites take into account the number of times a word is listed.  The more the word appears, the larger it appears in the cloud. is the second website I'll show you.  It is different in the way you provide the words for the cloud. Tagxedo asks you to provide a website URL, Twitter profile, search term, news item, or RSS feed. The website will go out and pull the words associated with the information. Another difference with Tagxedo is that it allows you to add your own shape by uploading a photo.  I hope you can tell that I uploaded a picture of a school bus for my word cloud.

I used MONUMENT 14 by Emmy Laybourne for my word clouds. 

Julie's Wordle:

Now it is your turn. 

1. Pick a book you read this year.
2. Choose a website to help you create a word cloud.
3. Post your word cloud on your blog, Facebook, or Twitter.
4. Use the Linkz below to link DIRECTLY to your post.

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Julie and Karin are anxious to hear what you have to say. Leave a comment.