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I messed around with Tagxedo and made a wordcloud out of my Where I’m From poem. It didn’t turn out quite the way I wanted it to; for some reason I couldn’t fix the size of the word ‘cheese,’ and that really bugged me. The result was this:

A new media for me was The Wilderness Downtown. It really creates a story for you based on an address that you give it. Unfortunetly I cannot link to the story I created, but I used OCU’s address, 2501 N. Blackwelder Ave., OKC, OK 73106. So just click the hyperlink above and input the address to see it.

I also created a Wiki page on Geocaching. This was a new experience, because I’ve never created a page that people could possibly view and use as a reference for something. It was a little stressful, because I didn’t want to get any information wrong. I also felt like I could add so much more information.

I also created a snapshot digital story that talked about a concert I went to and just growing up. I can’t link to this either because iMovie says that some audio files are missing, and it’s still a rough draft anyway. This was a really fun project to work on though, and I definitely wouldn’t mind making another one or even using it as a teaching tool in the future.

Another digital project that was new for me was this blog. Like I said in my first blog posting, this type of blogging is completely new to me. I’ve never really been familiar with blogging outside of diary-type blogs. This was a great experience for me because it made me go out of my comfort zone and write about things that I normally wouldn’t bother with. I’m really glad I got to do something like this.


On Tagxedo and Teaching

My group talked about how we could use Wordle or Tagxedo as a creative tool and teaching method. We came up with a basic plan of asking the students to write a meaningful poem. Then they would upload it to one of the word cloud generators above and switch around the fonts, colors, and shape. After they finished their word clouds, they would pick three or four of the biggest words in their clouds and write about why they were the biggest words. Hopefully this would challenge the children to really think and start to reflect on themselves and who they are.