Inventory of ICT tools and open educational resources

Welcome to the inventory of freely available online tools and open educational resources for language teaching and learning developed by the 'Use of ICT in support of language teaching and learning' (ICT-REV) project of the European Centre for Modern Languages project! The inventory contains a list of tools that have been evaluated with sound pedagogical criteria in mind. Read more

Tagxedo

A word cloud creator. Any text can be turned into a word cloud. Words are sized according to the frequency of each word in the text. Shapes, fonts and colors can be customised. You can adjust the frequency of words (remove some and repeat others) to customise your cloud.

Evaluation: A nice visual presentation of texts. It is a nice tool enabling creation of icons, visual messages etc. Word clouds can be made in many different languages and many different shapes and portraits, including for those who want to explore more advanced options. This is a practical tool as it immediately reveals the most prominent concepts of a text/webpage. Easy and intuitive to use, very basic IT skills required.
 
Cost: Free without registration

Website: http://www.tagxedo.com/

Categories

Principal functions(s)
  • World cloud cretor
Content
  • You supply
Language skills
  • Reading
  • Vocabulary

Pedagogical Criteria

User-friendliness/complexity of the tool´s interface Interface: Simple
Time needed for mastering the „how-to“ of the tool and a production of a task Time efficiency: High
The number of languages in which the tool is currently available/adaptable to Multilinguality: Interface in English but supports creating word clouds in many other languages
Does the tool require registration? Who can see my data? Can I remain anonymous? Respect for privacy: Strong
Possiblity to save your or others´ work for reuse/reproduction Saving work for future use: Yes
Possibility of the tool to be used for a  range of different activities (e.g. to what extent you can organize a project assignment with a central activity based on this tool) Tailorability (If so, how?) Low

Interactivity

Technical requirements

Installation required? No
Compatability/Operating System: Window, Mac
Other tech requirements: None
 
 
 

Example(s) of how teachers/students use this tool

Presentation of an animal