Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Tagxedo Roster Tutorial


Hello friends! Over the last couple of days, I have received multiple email messages about creating the classroom roster using Tagxedo that I blogged about here. So...I thought I would do a step by step tutorial for creating a roster like mine if you would like to try it for yourself.

Here is the one I created:


I have listed some common problems and the fixes below so everyone can easily replicate what I have done here.

How do I get my name to be bigger than my students' names?
Type your name in multiple times. The more times you type in a word, the bigger it appears in the word cloud.

How do I keep my name from separating into two words?
Do not space between Mrs. and your last name. Tagxedo does not read spaces. You will also need to go to click word/layout options (see below) and change punctuation to yes.


How do I get my name to be horizontal and the students' names to be vertical?
Click on Shape and then choose Classic Cloud (V) at the bottom of the screen. To get it to look the way you want, you may need to change the font, layout, and orientation. This part takes a bit of playing around.


How do I get every word to post only once?
Click on word/layout options. Then, click layout and make sure "Allow Replication" is on "No". This will allow your students' names to only show once.

These were the most common questions that I have received. If you still have trouble getting it to work the way you want, just email me or leave a comment and I will be more than happy to help!

23 comments:

  1. thanks for addressing some of the issues I was having, yet I still can't get it to work?! I'm not one that gives up, it's just driving me crazy!! I have followed your directions, yet now, the first few students that are at the top of my list, their names are way bigger then the others, and I am not listing their names more then once?? any other suggestions....thanks so much and sorry for being a pain!

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    1. I am not sure why you are having this problem. Try changing your word count under Word/ layout options to the number of names you are typing in.

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    2. I had the same problem today, but I figured it out by doing these steps:

      I typed my first name like this

      Mrs.Johnson:3

      with all the students names after. Then I clicked on Word/Layout, Layout, then Classic. It changed all my Yes/No options to No. Then I clicked on Word, then Yes for Punctuation. Once I hit Submit, the teacher's name was larger and all the student's names were the same size. Hope that helps and works for you!

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    3. Yea!! I finally got it to work! I'm so excited. Now I just need to play around with the fonts and colours.
      Thanks sooooo much! Sue

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  2. I have done all kinds of things with the original mother earth cloud, but have had no luck changing the words. I have typed my class names, but when I hit accept it is blank. Could you take me step by step. I have changed the shape, colors, orientation, but no luck with getting the names inputted. Please help. THANK YOU!

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    1. I cant get the words to change at all. I get to the word love, can erase, but cant type anything. How do you change the words??

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  3. Still can't get just my name to be big, but otherwise I got it to work, WOOHOO! I love the different shapes that can be used. I think I will be using this a lot this year. Thank you for sharing!

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  4. Goff Family,
    Type your name like 15 times and your students'' only once.

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  5. I had to change the tightness of the words to get my name to appear in it. Keep lowering the tightness until your name appears large.

    Thanks for the great idea, Mrs. Teachnology! I can't wait to get my class list to make a real one :)

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    1. Awesome! I am so glad you figured it out. Thanks for sharing your tip!

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  6. Thank you! This will be a big help to everyone.

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  7. HELP! I can't get it to print! I clicked on Save/Share/Print and went to the print tab. What am I doing wrong?

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  8. One quick question... which font did you use for yours? I love it!!!

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    1. I used Pea Faith Dots. You can download it here: http://kevinandamanda.com/fonts/fontsforpeas/
      You will need to search for it in their posts, but it is really easy to download and install. You will need to upload it to Tagxedo as well. Just click font---upload font in Tagxedo to use it.

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  9. Thanks so much for the tutorial. It definitely helped. I'm actually trying to create a gift for my son's teachers, but for some reason not all the names are showing. I only have 20 students' names and I need 27. I was able to get the teachers name larger and students' the same size.

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    1. What a great idea for a teacher gift! Try going to word/layout options and turning the emphasis to 100%. Also make sure your word count is enough for the amount of words you have typed in. You can try refreshing the layout until all the names appear too. I have had to do this before, to make it work. It should work fine if you just have names. Sometimes it gets tricky when you have names with a lot of other words.

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  10. How do I get rid of the words MOTHER EARTH, I have "SKIPPED" them but aside from that it gives me no option to remove those words and my words just sit on top.

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  11. If you add your name as Mrs~Technology you will get a space

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  12. Oh, I hope you can help me. I can't seem to upload an image (png or jpg) from my computer. Everything seems to work right, but I can't find the image I need in what's available and so need to use one of ming. Thnx

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  13. Hi really usefull info...thx. I want to have my daughters name, dob, place of birth etc in the middle in larger letters, and that info repeated around the shape...is that possible?
    Thanks

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  14. in smaller letters around the main info I mean! thx

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  16. I'm used to wordle, but it doesn't work at school anymore and it doesn't do the cool shapes. However, I can't get all the words to appear on my tagxedo which is very frustrating. A wordle tip that works on tagxedo. Put this symbol ~ between words you want kept together. It's like glue.

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