I know many of us have scads of graphic organizer sites under our belts, but I came across this list just now and thought I'd share it for the sake of those new to Web 2.0 and the happy world of the free. Capable of producing authentic products in themselves, graphic organizers can help nearly all but particularly visual learners to develop concepts visually to be used in all sorts of significant student products.
BBC Pinball - four tools - http://www.bbc.co.uk/scotland/pinball/
Bubbl.us - http://bubbl.us/
Cacoo - http://cacoo.com/
ClassTools - http://classtools.net/
Create A Graph - http://nces.ed.gov/nceskids/createagraph/
Exploratree - http://www.exploratree.org.uk/
Enchanted Learning - many different templates - http://www.enchantedlearning.com/graphicorganizers/storymap/
Mind42 - http://mind42.com/
Mindmeister - http://www.mindmeister.com/
A Periodic Table of Visualization Methods - http://www.visual-literacy.org/periodic_table/periodic_table.html
Text 2 Mind Map - http://www.text2mindmap.com/
I just found the ultimate Science website for the coming year. #SciDo is a collaborative wiki/GoogleDocs for Science Teachers. There is a google form embedded in the PB Wiki - this must be completed to be accepted into the collaborative group. This collaboration began Monday 8/23/10. I'd say the collaboration has been "eruptive" in the four days since then! There are already over 30 collaborators! If you are or work with a Science teacher, I highly recommend joining and participating.
As I have enjoyed collaborating this week it made me wonder how and when a similar group might benefit other content areas. If you want to see what #SciDo is like I suggest you join and look into it. You might find ideas for those you work with.
It's always great to hear from you, and you are certainly welcome.
One of the many cool things about Web 2.0 and 3.0 is that there are always new finds out there we can share, such as this list of file conversion sites I came across Tuesday evening: Top 10 Sites for File Conversion by David Kapuler at http://www.techlearning.com/blogs/32138. I know we all have our favorite file conversion utilities as well as our own reasons for using them, but they are just so darned handy!
I want to also share findingDulcinea to those who haven't seen it. It is also self-described as Librarian of the Internet, and you can see why with all of the timely reading you can do there (I get lost in interesting articles on each visit). There are also a couple of newsletters of interest for Social Studies/Current Events teachers: http://www.findingdulcinea.com/home.html
I recently started useing Diigo, it sounds very similar to the tool you described. The thing I like...so far I haven't been blocked by my district from adding the links to my tool bars! (you know sometimes they just do strange things). I really like the web highlighter, as you can save highlights for students as well as create links that they can access. There are also offline readers, for iPad and iPhone, and more. I am only on the tippy tip top of the iceberg on this one, but I really like what I see.
If you work much with American history and culture, a site that might interest you is FedFlix: http://www.archive.org/details/FedFlix FedFlix is a huge archive of videos of many sorts produced by the U. S. government from training films to history, from our national parks to the U.S. Fire Academy and the Postal Inspectors, which you and, more importantly, your students can use without any restrictions. A lot of them are corny and many dated, but there are also some gems among the videos. As always, view this site for appropriateness of content before turning students loose on it as I have been told there is some inappropriate content which can be found. What uses can you see for these videos in your classroom or in your trainings?
I just found a new must-have in my SMART training. A web-based, FREE, SMART Notebook application:
Here is a site that is going to be added to my Must-Have list to show teachers this year - Reach the World http://www.reachtheworld.org/index.php
Here is a little it about the site:
Through its interactive website, Reach the World enriches the school and afterschool curriculum by connecting classrooms to travelers who are studying or exploring around the globe. RTW identifies volunteer travelers, manages web-based educational content posted by these travelers, and delivers technology and curricular support via graduate student interns, drawn from partners such as Teachers College, Columbia University. The National Geographic Education Foundation named RTW a Model Program in Geography Education, one of only six in the nation.