Tagxedo is the most wonderful tool I've discovered from reading blogs this summer!! If you love Wordle, you'll like Tagxedo even more. It has more options for changing your word cloud. The one I've posted below is made from the entire text of The Wonderful Wizard of Oz. Then there are options for how many of the most frequently used words to include in the word cloud, up to 600. The easiest use of this program is to make a cool piece of art, or a gift, but also to explore main idea/characters/themes in a text. It is so easy!! You can simply paste text in, or give the site the URL of a blog, website, twitter account, or delicious tags, and it will find the text itself. Cool, right? The possibilities are endless. You can change the colors, shape, design, orientation, font, etc, etc.
Here's a great resource for 101 ways to use Tagxedo.
How will YOU use Tagxedo in the classroom?