How do Web 2.0 graphic organizers fit into your classroom curriculum? What are some examples of using graphic organizers with your students/teachers? I used to use Inspiration/Kidspiration software, but have found Web 2.0 graphic organizers do a nice job of allowing me to integrate 21st Century skills into the lesson.
Here is a website for educators Nine Tools for Collaboratively Creating Mind Maps. Some of the resources we have used and posted before, but many of them are new to me. For example, Wise Mapping and Slatebox were completely new to me.
Cool Tools for Schools. This site includes not only Web 2.0 graphic organizers, but a lot of other resources such as presentation and collaborative tools as well as creativity, video, quizzes and a variety of widget tools.
I'm in the process of trying some of the tools out. My main goal is to see how these tools can help me integrate 21st century skills into what I'm teaching for both students and teachers.
Also check out the home page. Very cool.
As I was looking for great Web 2.0 Graphic Organizer sites, I found a site that listed really electronic graphic organizers which also included Visual Ranking, Seeing Reason and Showing Evidence. How cool is that. The site is called Thinking Tools
Also see Blooms Digital Taxonomy for additional ideas on how to integrate graphic organizers into your curriculum.
Website URL: http://www.edistorm.com
Features of Edistorm.com
· A sticky note organizational tool that allows for ongoing collaboration and discussion pertaining to the topic being analyzed (referred to as the “Storm”).
· Upload photos
· Link videos
· Edit and comment on others posts (sticky notes) with discussion threads.
· Administrator is able to moderate the “storm”
· Each “stormer” is able to vote a certain amount of times for their favorite entries and ideas. This is easily traceable by the administrator, therefore, could be made into a graphing lesson to further elaborate on the topic
· All information and conversations are exportable to Excel or a PDF file for viewing by the administrator.
· Printable progress reports
The features of this tool are much like the Inspiration program, only it is free and available online! This site allows for examples, templates, as well as the option to create your own graphic organizer. Within the Gliffy site, viewers can create flow charts, network diagrams, floor plans, organizational charts, venn diagrams, site maps, technical drawings, and concept webbing. This site can be used to create extremely technical drawings and blueprints for businesses as well as for educational maps for our students. This site is extremely visually appealing. Users have a plethora of colors to aid in the visual representation and well as importing graphics and pictures to any map. The site can create very basic maps all the way to very technical and advanced maps as well. (Posted from another viewer review)
Here are three graphic organizer applications I have shared and used in some of my trainings. They are simple and easy to use. But, like most free items, there may be features you would like to have, but are not present.
Mind42.com - collaborative, browser-based, and free; maps may be published or kept private; the resulting maps have a fishbone-like or tournament bracket-like look
BBC Pinball-fun and simple tools to kick start your thinking, like Dot-Dash; Live Wire
Bubbl.us-Free accounts are limited to three saved sheets; there are two pay options, either monthly or annually; more flexible than the other two regarding creation of maps; has collaborative feature
Has anyone every tried spicynodes.org. Very cool. I saw some examples today. Very entertaining.
We live for concept mapping especially as anticipatory sets to use with students. I just recently collaborated on creating stories of Matter in Science and we used a map to story board the ideas. We like http://www.text2mindmap.com/ since there is no login or download. We have netbooks that do not run on our network and can't handle an installation so sites like this are perfect. What are some other sites you use and how do you use them?
Hi, do try out Mindomo, a mindmapping Web 2.0 software similar to Mindmeister and Webspiration. Site is http://www.mindomo.com/. It is free, allows for unlimited usage as long as you have signed up for an user account. In terms of ease of use, it is functional and intuitive to navigate and use the app. Moreover, if you are a language teacher, this site allows for use of Chinese and other characters like Tamil.
I haven't tried this tool yet, but I will give it a try. I was thinking that Dyane and I could try it when we plan our monthly webinars.
Tihere are so many great graphic organizers that can be used to enhance learning. I am working to reduce the number of tools shared with teachers so as not to overwhelm them. One strategy that I am using is to use the tool while providing professional development so teachers can see its usefulness and how it can be implmented in their lessons. One of my favorite graphic organizer tools is http://www.mindmeister.com. You can add notes, images, expand and collaspe links, etc.
I do the exact same thing Gail. Too many tools end up turning teachers off because they usually don't have time to explore on their own. I introduce a new tool during a training session when teachers will have time to use/explore it while they are working/learning, just like I would like the teachers to do in their classrooms.
If you have ever used Inspiration or any other type of electronic graphic organizer, you will be really impressed with iDesk Lite. The lite version is the free version for the iPad. The free version is so cool I haven't ventured to the paid version yet. You can also import documents from iTunes and Dropbox. The templates are really good. You can draw symbols and then they become part of the diagram.
Try it out and let me know what you think
I just saw Instagrok for the first time yesterday too! I would love to hear from some teachers who have used it. Is it better for some grade levels than others. Does it vary the reading level at all? I love the opportunity it provides students to take charge of their own learning. It really promotes that life-long learning concept!
This is just too cool. It takes a search term (The Great Depression) and creates a graphic organizer of related search terms. It also includes links, pictures, and videos. Give it a try.