Mind mapping is a great way to brainstorm, make a plan, or turn ideas into the steps needed to make it real. Thankfully, there are great tools out there to help you build mind maps, organize them, and save them for later. Here's a look at five of the best, based on your nominations.
"I am continuing to be intrigued by John Barell’s original inquiry strategy, how to use to bring awareness and experience opportunities for modern learning skills and literacies. Since Project Zero’s Visible Thinking Routines have been playing an integral part of my continuous work of Documenting4Learning, is was an easy connection to bring in the routines as a strategy in the KWHLAQ flow.
The new visual [above] is intended to give teachers and students more choices of make their thinking and learning visible using the following platforms, activities, tools, Visible Thinking Routines as an option or starting off point. The suggestions include tools and platforms that are specifically suited to connect, collaborate, communicate and create, 21st century style, one’s process and make it easier to amplify and to document4learning."
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These products include skills-builders, practice tools, and writing communities, all of which help students -- especially those in middle and high school – understand the mechanics and art of crafting writing that communicates a point well.
Whether you're introducing pre-algebra topics like factoring and exponents or looking for resources to support teaching more advanced concepts like matrices, polynomials, and linear equations, these great apps and sites have you covered.
When creating a Google Classroom post (assignment, announcement or question), you can assign the post to multiple classes at the same time.
At the bottom of the post are 4 icons to attach items in Google Classroom. Next to that is the class title for the current class. Click on the class title. This will reveal a list of your classes that you are a teacher of. You can click the checkboxes next to all the classes you want to push the post to.
Short videos from YouTube and other sources can be quite helpful in introducing topics to students and or reinforcing concepts that you have taught. Watching the video can be enough for some students, it's better if we can call students' attention to specific sections of videos while they are watching them. The following tools allow you to add comments and questions to videos that you share with your students.
The Cincopa photo/video slideshow application is free and couldn't be easier to use. Sign up for your free account and use the web interface to create your slideshows within minutes and in three easy steps.
"For readers who would like a basic, very easy-to-use online diagram application, draw.io could be the answer. The service utilizes simple drag-and-drop techniques to arrange images for non-professional users. First select a system to which you will save your diagrams (possibilities include Google Drive, OneDrive, Dropbox, your computer, and your browser). Then select Create new diagram. From there, select images from the dozen or so categories on the left hand side of the screen and drag them to the workspace, where you can change their color, increase or decrease line widths, and generally edit the style to suit your needs. There is also a helpful Quick start video that readers can watch to help them understand the program. The application is free and does not require a sign up or any other commitment."
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