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MindMeister (mind mapping) 

MindMeister (mind mapping)  | technologies |
Read reviews, compare customer ratings, see screenshots and learn more about MindMeister (mind mapping). Download MindMeister (mind mapping) and enjoy it on your iPhone, iPad and iPod touch.
John Dalziel's insight:
Mind mapping or Concept mapping is the visual representation of data in such a way that highlights connections and relationships between elements. 
Mind maps can be used by learners to... 
► visualise their thoughts, 
► generate ideas in a brainstorming/blueskying session, and 
► illustrate concepts. 
Mind maps are also useful for organising ideas to facilitate recall and enhance comprehension. 
They are also great for taking visual notes and capturing thoughts on the go. 
This is my favourite for creating and sharing Mind maps.
MindMeister is a collaborative mind mapping app. 
It lets users create, share and edit mind maps on the go. MindMeister can help practitioners, and/or Learners organise, prioritise, and even generate new thoughts. 
It's also available on-line at
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NoteBookCast - Real time collaborative whiteboard

NoteBookCast - Real time collaborative whiteboard | technologies |
A real time shared online whiteboard in your browser, teach, explain, sketch. For work, study, fun...
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NoteBookCast is a free collaborative whiteboard tool that will work in a web browser on a...
► laptop,
► iPad,
► Android tablet, and
► Windows tablet.
Users can invite others to join their whiteboard by entering the code assigned to their whiteboard.
Users can chat while drawing on NoteBookCast whiteboards.
NOTE: Users can create an account on NoteBookCast but, it is not a requirement for using the service.
Users can create a whiteboard by simply clicking "create a whiteboard" then entering a nickname for themself to use on the whiteboard.
A big plus, if users do create a NoteBookCast account, is they can save their whiteboards and create whiteboard templates to re-use.

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The Best Websites & Software for Brainstorming and Mind Mapping

The Best Websites & Software for Brainstorming and Mind Mapping | technologies |

Mind maps, once practitioners and learners have been introduced to them, are highly valued.


MindMaps allow users to visually outline information, helping them organize, solve problems, and make decisions.


This post has collected links to websites and software that can help users create mind maps, and collaborate on and share theirr maps with others.


The programs and websites listed are either free or have a free option.

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WikiBrains | technologies |

Wikibrains is website designed to help users brainstorm/blue-sky in a web format.


The difference? When users brainstorm/blue-sky on Wikibrains they're also performing a basic Internet search at the same time.


To create a brainstorm/blue-sky web on Wikibrains...
- enter a word or phrase.
- users will be prompted to add more words by completing the phrase, "Makes me think off..."
- add a new word or phrase which,in turn, will be added to the web.


As words are added, on the right side of the screen, users will see links to search results about each word.


Note: by creating a Wikibrains account users can alter their brainstorm/blue-sky webs by adding custom paths and links between elements.


Another perk is the option to browse other users' webs and modify them for your own use.

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Dotstorming | technologies |
Real time brainstorming and dot voting
John Dalziel's insight:
Dotstorming could be a good platform on which practitioners can host brainstorming sessions with their learners. 
It could also be a good platform on which they gather learners' thoughts about a question or problem statement. 
 ► Practitioners can create a space for people to post digital sticky notes; those notes can contain text and/or images and Links to Youtube videos 
 ► Once the notes are posted practitioners can have learners vote for their favourite notes. 
 NOTE: As the creator of a Dotstorming space practitioners can restrict the number of votes that each learner can cast. 
 ► After the voting is completed, practitioners can sort the notes according to the number of votes they received. 
Alternatives include... 
 ► posting a set of answer choices for learners and have them vote for the answer that they think is correct. 
 ► Have Learners use the chat function in Dotstorming - this has to be added as many won't need it - to discuss the answer choices before, during, or after voting. 
I'm sure there are many other uses as well. 
Do share any you try - Find, Try, Evaluate and Share (FiTES)
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Limnu - Create Collaborative On-line Whiteboards

Limnu - Create Collaborative On-line Whiteboards | technologies |
Limnu is the online whiteboard you’ve been looking for. Sketch, share, and collaborate with your team like never before.
John Dalziel's insight:

Limnu provides a service that enables users to quickly create collaborative on-line whiteboards. On their Limnu boards users can...
● draw,
● type,
● insert images, and
● chat with collaborators.
Every whiteboard created on Limnu can be saved as an image to review later.
Limnu lets users create sticky notes on their whiteboards.
Learners who are brainstorming together could apply sticky notes to their Limnu board then sort the notes as a group.
The drawing tool in Limnu could be used by learners to show connections between ideas in their sticky notes.
Limnu's free service allows users to edit their whiteboards for up to seven days.
In the free version of Limnu users can have three active boards at one time.
NOTE: The free version doesn't limit the number of collaborators that users can invite to work with them. Inviting other users can be done in two ways. They can...
● invite other users by email or
● invite other users by sharing a link to their Limnu board.
Sharing can be disabled at any time.

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Collaborative Whiteboard Tools for Practitioners

Collaborative Whiteboard Tools for Practitioners | technologies |

Want to encourage people to learn collaboratively, a skill much needed in the 21st century education?


Yes! Then take a look at these collaborative whiteboards.


There are many whiteboard tools available, each one having different features and providing different services.


This post, a result of some research, provides a list that practitioners can use...
- as collaboration tools
- to host virtual brainstorming sessions with their learners


Learners can work simultaneously on a certain project with everyone drawing, sketching, scribbling, and adding their touch to the final work.


They can also save their whiteboard and refer back to it when needed.

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There are many tools to enhance collaboration in designing and engaging in research. These tools support inclusion, innovation, and creativity to support multivocality and multiplicity. 

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popplet | technologies |
Popplet is an online Brainstorming/Blueskying tool...

A popplet is a big virtual pinboard that users can “popples” (boxes) onto.

A popple is container that holds...
* text;
* photos; and other interesting things such as
* a Google Ma; and/or
* YouTube video.

Users can also upload media from their desktop to their board.

Popplet also offers a browser bookmarklet that users can use to add content from other webpages to their Popplet pages. An iPad app is also available.
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