Wednesday, November 9, 2011

36 Web Sites About Concept Maps (Also Known as Mind Maps)

With the new and great tools of Web 2.0, brainstorming is easier than ever. Not only can you visualize your thoughts, but you can collaborate with others in real time! Here are many applications to choose from. Next posting: Create Comics Online

Biggerplate- choose from a collection of mind maps for education and mind map online

Classroom Assessment Technique: Concept Maps- video from the Center Instructional Innovation and Assessment

Classroom Assessment Techniques: Concept Mapping- Michael Zielik shows how concept maps have helped him assess his students' understanding of the subject matter in his course.

Concept Mapping- from the Center for Teaching and Learning

Concept Maps: A Picture is Worth a Thousand Words- from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

Connected Mind- use with Google Chrome browser

Dabbleboard- interactive whiteboard

Diagrammr- very simple user interface

Edistorm- free and $$ plans; online brainstorming

Edraw Soft- "build, save, share and print arbitrary mind maps absolutely free"; download required

Exploratree- offers many "thinking guides" which you can use for creating your mind map

FolderBoy-"record ideas, collaborate on tasks and unscramble your workflow"

Free Resources for Thinking Maps

flowcharts, diagrams, floor plans, technical drawings
HeadCase-import text from MS Office documents;Windows only

How to Convert Text to a Mind Map

How to Mind Map with Tony Buzan-leading expert on the brain and learning

Knowcase- collaborative lists, save ideas, notes, to-dos

MAPMYself- free plan offers only 2 online maps per account

Mind42- browser-based online mind mapping

Mindmeister-mind mapping and brainstorming; available for iPhone and Android


Quicklyst-create outlines; instant access to the Webster-Merriam dictionary, integrates with iPhone, Android and Kindle

Slatebox- create collaborative mind maps and organizational charts

SlickPlan- free flowcharts

Spiderscribe-online mind mapping and brainstorming; connects notes, files, events; PC World choice

Thinklinkr-create and share outlines

WiseMapping- create mind maps

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

10 Web 2.0 Tools For Collecting Information

Staying organized is something most of us find difficult to do. We are being hit with information left and right, and with all this wonderful technology at our fingertips, why not use it to make life easier? If you have a smartphone, you will love the fact that many programs offer a mobile app!  Please add your favorites and I will update this post when necessary. Next posting for Web 2.0 tools: Concept Maps (Mindmaps)

BagTheWeb- create bags "to collect, publish, and share any content from the Web."

CintaNotes- free personal notes manager; Windows only

Evernote-save urls, grab a screenshot and more; works with smartphones and iPad.

Inslices- collect articles, web sites, videos etc. and share with others

Listhings-sticky notes online

Only2Clicks- organize your sites with various tabs, (like folders) and thumbnails create a topic and will proceed to find you links on the Internet which are related to your topic

Spaaze- collect and organize web sites, videos etc. in one location, a giant corkboard.

Springpad- save information on your computer and it will sync with your mobile device (Android or iPhone)

Zotero- "free, easy-to-use tool to help you collect, organize, cite, and share your research sources. It lives right where you do your work—in the web browser itself."

Monday, November 7, 2011

Professional Development Doesn't Have to Be Boring

This is a wonderful presentation from the TL Virtual Cafe by teacher-librarians Tamara Fox and Tiffany Whitehead. I love the use of Comic Life for the design!


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