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10 Ways to Use Lucidchart Online Graphic Organizers in the Classroom

10 Ways to Use Lucidchart Online Graphic Organizers in the Classroom | Web 2.0 tools for teachers | Scoop.it

"Lucidchart is the best free learning tool you’ve never heard of.  It’s an online diagramming tool that’s easy to use and supported by a for-profit company, so you don’t have to worry about us disappearing once you’ve built your lesson plans around us.

Not sure how to use a diagramming program in your classroom?  Here are 10 ideas from teachers and professors who are already using Lucidchart."


Via Beth Dichter
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Outstanding tool for making graphic organizers and concept maps, worth the $3 a month.

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Beth Dichter's curator insight, January 18, 2013 9:23 PM

A great introduction to Lucidchart, a robust online graphic organizer that is free for educators (and their students) and allows students to collaborate on projects. A few of the ideas suggested in the post are below:

* Use Lucidchart as an alternative to Think, Pair, Share

* Brainstorm with  mindmaps (and have students collaborate, having each choose a different color if you want to follow them individually)

* Real time feedback on assignments

Remember, this is a free tool and the post provides great directions on how to set up your account and request it be upgraded to educational!

davidconover's curator insight, January 26, 2013 10:41 AM

I look forward to using this tool in my classroom.

Carol Thomson's curator insight, January 27, 2013 2:59 PM

i hope i can get this working in my classroom and then using it -- sometimes things are blocked!

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Screencasting Tools for the Classroom by Michelle Smith

Screencasting Tools for the Classroom by Michelle Smith | Web 2.0 tools for teachers | Scoop.it
TOUCH this image to discover its story. Image tagging powered by ThingLink
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Screencasting: a type of tool for recording presentations. Students and teachers can both screencasting tools.  Teachers can use screencasts to make material available outside the classroom. Students can show their understanding -- the tools lend themselves to group projects. This item was created in Thinglink, featured below. 

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Blockposters - create any size wall posters from any size images

Blockposters - create any size wall posters from any size images | Web 2.0 tools for teachers | Scoop.it
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Use Block Posters to create poster-sized (e.g., 30'' by 40") posters of digital images. Simply start with a digital image on your computer, click to upload it to their site, and B.P. enlarges the image and allows you to download it as a series of 8" X 11.5" sheets. Students can collaborate to tape the sheets together into a poster. Useful for a range of subjects (inspirational posters, map of the Pacific Theater in ww2, etc.). It helps to start with a high-resolution image that is less than 1 mb.

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Mindomo - Brainstorming and Mind Mapping Software

Mindomo - Brainstorming and Mind Mapping Software | Web 2.0 tools for teachers | Scoop.it
Create the best looking mind map online and share it to others. Enjoy mind mapping by brainstorming collaboratively on ideas and projects.

Explore how Mindomo can be used in Education.


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Use Mindomo where you would have once used Inspiration - for making concept maps and graphic organizers to show the structure of a complex topic. Maps & organizers serve as good supports for writing by showing the structure of a complex/complicated topic in one, memorable place.

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Joselu's curator insight, September 17, 2015 2:45 PM

Mindomo es una herramienta formidable para la generación de mapas mentales, conceptuales, organigramas, etc. Permite la comparación de concepto, estructura de los ensayos, análisis de personajes literarios e infinidad de posibilidades más, pero es de pago, salvo tres mapas gratuitos. Tengo que convencer a los profes de mi centro para trabajar con Mindomo y asumir el coste que no sube mucho más de un euro por alumno si llega a 350 alumnos e incluye a diez profesores. 

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Online Free Flash Pageflipper + HTML5

Online Free Flash Pageflipper + HTML5 | Web 2.0 tools for teachers | Scoop.it
Transform your doc, pdf, word, movie in an interactive flipbook. It's very easy: upload your file and you will receive an email with the url to your creation. You can share this with your friend, family...
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Page flip-flap lets you to put documents online -- Word documents and PDFs, PowerPoints etc. -- and add a "flipbook" effect: Pages appear to flip as you navigate page to page. Page corners have a curled look, and a page turn is accompanied by a sound that simulates a turning page. The purpose--to maintain attention, enhance sequence, and make presentations more fun... Flip-flap documents can be searched, printed, and shared.

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Triptico

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Sharply designed product for use on a Smartboard or other interactive whiteboard. The Triptico tool I use the most allows for the creation of a set of events to put in the correct order; at Smartboard, small groups have to verbalize relationships between steps in a narrative. Word Magnets lets you create a set of words in the "refrigerator magnet" format, to drag around and verbally connect. Find Ten has students select ten word boxes (each containing, e.g., the name of a country in Africa) from a set of 15 words boxes (including names of non-African countries). All these tools are part of the free Triptico services; Triptico PLUS is not free and offers additional teaching tools and cloud support.

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David Peal's comment, August 8, 2013 2:56 PM
...should add that this isn't quite "Web 2.0": it's a Web-like application that you download and for which you generate locally hosted files; the Plus version offers Cloud storage of created content.
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PurposeGames.com - Create & Play Online Games

PurposeGames.com - Create & Play Online Games | Web 2.0 tools for teachers | Scoop.it
Create and play educational quiz games, memorize maps to improve your knowledge in Geography, Science, History and other fields of interest.
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David Peal's comment, August 8, 2013 2:53 PM
Allows you to upload a diagram (e.g., of heart) or map. You add points and label them for use in learning locations. Joining (free) gives you access to very large collection of user-generated content.
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ThingLink - Make Your Images Interactive

ThingLink - Make Your Images Interactive | Web 2.0 tools for teachers | Scoop.it
ThingLink lets users add interactive links to any photo and turn them into fun web experiences that drive engagement.
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A favorite because of its versatility. Thinglink is used for annotating images. I have used it to call students' attention to details on a propaganda poster from World War One and to have them focus on important geographical details on a map showing economic activities in the US on the eve of the Civil War. Supports learning because it starts with an uploaded/linked IMAGES and forces students to focus on DETAILS. Annotations (like placemarks in Google Maps) can themselves have images, as well as text and video. 

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David Peal's comment, August 9, 2013 9:52 PM
Useful tool for annotating images. Give Thinglink a Web address or upload an image, and you can create clickable dots that display descriptive text, bring up a YouTube, or link to a Web page. Good way to get students to focus on details and put parts in context. Can be used to annotate historical photos, maps, diagrams (e.g., of the earth's crust). Other users' Thinglinks can be explored. Content can be embedded in Web page, blog, etc.
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Sumopaint - Powerful graphics editor for your web browser and PC

Sumopaint is a full featured painting and image editing application, which is developed by Sumoing Ltd.
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David Peal's comment, August 9, 2013 8:40 PM
This Chrome application offers a full-featured graphics program on the Web. (Chrome apps appear when you open a new tab in Chrome; Chrome extensions add features and functions to the Chrome browser.) Sumo is non-intimidating, compared to PhotoShop, and allows you, for example, to edit and crop an image found on the Web for use in the classroom. Sumo has paint & drawing tools, as well as layers for complex images, for creating and saving images.
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Prezi - Ideas matter.

Prezi - Ideas matter. | Web 2.0 tools for teachers | Scoop.it
Prezi is a cloud based presentation software that opens up a new world between whiteboards and slides. The zoomable canvas makes it fun to explore ideas and the connections between them.
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David Peal's comment, August 9, 2013 8:29 PM
There's a learning curve to this Web-based presentation program, but it's worth it. The resulting presentations go far beyond PowerPoint, and are more engaging to students. Using vector images, Prezi crisply renders the smallest and largest text, and allows zooming effects that emphasize content in dramatic ways (don't overdo it, because Prezi can make you seasick). With Prezi you create text, image, video objects, then link them into a smooth transition. Prezi is useful for presenting overviews (advance organizers) that students can browse on their own at home. Once complete, a Prezi can be embedded in a Web page. Accounts are free, as they are for most Web 2.0 services.
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Quizlet

Quizlet | Web 2.0 tools for teachers | Scoop.it
We make simple learning tools that let you study anything, for free.
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Have used this for 4-5 years for vocabulary for all my classes. Basically, Quizlet is used to created Web-based flashcards. The words and definitions can be read aloud with a built-in text-to-speech feature. You can also make an audio recording of a definition instead of typing it. With the "Plus" version ($15/year), you can add an image to a definition. Quizlet gives students several ways to learn words and test themselves, including several games. Finally, Quizlet has become a gigantic service, with MILLIONS of flashcard sets to search and use. 

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David Peal's comment, August 8, 2013 2:27 PM
Great tool for presenting flashcard sets. It's worth subscribing to Q Plus (about 15/year) to add picture support to definitions. Especially like the games (for self study and use on whiteboard). One of those tools that students can profitably learn and use on their own. Would benefit from tools for creating subcategories of words and otherwise showing relationships about words. HUGE collection of flashcards created by other users (e.g., SAT words) is easy to search and use.
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Google Maps Engine

Maps Engine makes it easy to create and share maps online.
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Google Maps starts with a real (Google) map of the earth and allows you to create placemarks consisting of descriptive text, videos, and images. Great for English (students could each look at a location in the Odyssey and create a single collaborative map providing an overview of Telemachus's travels), History, and Geography.

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Gallery | Padlet

Gallery | Padlet | Web 2.0 tools for teachers | Scoop.it
The simplest way to create. From any device, with anyone
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Padlet (formerly WallWisher) is a simple way to generate content quickly with post-it like text blocks combined with images. Can add a layer of content with a background image such as a map. Good tool for brainstorming and rearranging/sequencing ideas. Browse the gallery for inspiration. Works nicely in group work and to teach & visualize a sequence. 

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10 Ways to Use Lucidchart Online Graphic Organizers in the Classroom

10 Ways to Use Lucidchart Online Graphic Organizers in the Classroom | Web 2.0 tools for teachers | Scoop.it

"Lucidchart is the best free learning tool you’ve never heard of.  It’s an online diagramming tool that’s easy to use and supported by a for-profit company, so you don’t have to worry about us disappearing once you’ve built your lesson plans around us.

Not sure how to use a diagramming program in your classroom?  Here are 10 ideas from teachers and professors who are already using Lucidchart."


Via Beth Dichter
David Peal's insight:

Outstanding tool for making graphic organizers and concept maps, worth the $3 a month.

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Beth Dichter's curator insight, January 18, 2013 9:23 PM

A great introduction to Lucidchart, a robust online graphic organizer that is free for educators (and their students) and allows students to collaborate on projects. A few of the ideas suggested in the post are below:

* Use Lucidchart as an alternative to Think, Pair, Share

* Brainstorm with  mindmaps (and have students collaborate, having each choose a different color if you want to follow them individually)

* Real time feedback on assignments

Remember, this is a free tool and the post provides great directions on how to set up your account and request it be upgraded to educational!

davidconover's curator insight, January 26, 2013 10:41 AM

I look forward to using this tool in my classroom.

Carol Thomson's curator insight, January 27, 2013 2:59 PM

i hope i can get this working in my classroom and then using it -- sometimes things are blocked!

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Screencasting Apps for the iPad

Screencasting Apps for the iPad | Web 2.0 tools for teachers | Scoop.it
Some of the most versatile apps you can get for the iPad are the screencasting apps. Why are they so versatile? Well, they can be used across the curriculum  and in almost all grade levels. There a...

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My favorite of these is Explain Everything, an iPad app. With EE, you can import PPT or create new presentation. On each slide you can add images, text, videos, etc., AND an audio narrative. Also good - ShowMe and Educreations. Screencasts can be exported to video format and made avaiable to people with the app. 

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Wordle - Beautiful Word Clouds

Wordle - Beautiful Word Clouds | Web 2.0 tools for teachers | Scoop.it
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Use Wordle to create digital art out of collections of related words. I have used used Wordle in a variety of brainstorming activities. The result can be snagged from the Gallery as a JPG and used on the Web and in classroom materials. Worldle art can be surprisingly engaging and bring coherence to a topic by showing related words, with the more important words/concepts emphasized (shown at a larger point size). Font, font color, and background colors can be randomly changed until the look is just right.

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Meograph: Structured story telling

Watch this story, and tell your own on Meograph.com
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Excellent tool for stories that can be structured with a timeline. Each "moment" on the timeline can consist of audio narrative (using your computer microphone), images, and Google maps showing the location of interest. Stories consist of a series of moments. Lends itself to "flipped" presentations (content that can be viewed at home) and to student group work, with each student responsible for one "moment" of the story.

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David Peal's comment, August 9, 2013 8:21 PM
Check out this elegant tool for creating digital stories. Each story consists of "moments," and each moment has both context (when and where) and content (what happened). You can add a (Google) map as well as images, links, YouTubes, etc. to a moment to make your story more compelling. This what-when-where structure imposes organization on complex narratives and requires students to think through historical processes. Excellent alternative to traditional timelines. Each Meograph story lets you add an introduction and conclusion.
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Multimedia Learning Resources - Educaplay

Make and share your own learning resources. You can practice with other user activities. Free!
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I use Educaplay to create word searches out of vocabulary; to create interactive maps when I want students to learn locations and relate one place to another; and to create Cloze paragraphs with word tiles to drag onto the correct blanks. The resources you create are "HTML5," not Flash, so they work on any browser. 

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David Peal's comment, August 8, 2013 2:49 PM
This excellent set of educational tools is from a Spanish company. Educaplay makes it easy to create engaging maps (students must identify locations), fill-in-the blank exercises for learning vocabulary in context, word searches, crossword puzzles, etc. The interactive content can be embedded in wikis, blogs, etc. I use Educaplay to create maps with sets of places for students to learn.
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Photo Books, Photo Cards, Scrapbooks, Yearbooks and Calendars | Mixbook

Photo Books, Photo Cards, Scrapbooks, Yearbooks and Calendars | Mixbook | Web 2.0 tools for teachers | Scoop.it
Easily Create Photo Books, Scrapbooks, Photo Cards, Yearbooks and Calendars in minutes with our simple online scrapbooking software. Mixbook - Make It Yours!
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This somewhat complex tools is used to make visually attactive PowerPoint-like online presentations. It features attractive visual themes and a page-flipping effect. I have used it to represent a complex historical sequence (the history and aftermath of the Crusades). Snazzier than PowerPoint but without the flexibility and smooth flow of Prezi. 

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David Peal's comment, August 8, 2013 2:54 PM
See my review of Mixbook on teachinghistory.org: http://teachinghistory.org/digital-classroom/tech-for-teachers/25460
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Glogster EDU: A complete educational solution for digital and mobile teaching and learning.

Glogster EDU: A complete educational solution for digital and mobile teaching and learning. | Web 2.0 tools for teachers | Scoop.it
The creative visual learning platform that every educator and student deserves.
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David Peal's comment, August 9, 2013 8:59 PM
Glog is hugely popular among teachers, and my students enjoy making glogs. Think of a glog as an electronic poster with images, text, video, audio, and assorted doo-dads instead of the the "flat" words and pictures of a traditional poster. I have students need to collect all the multimedia assets (images, sounds, etc.) before starting their glog, because the variety of special effects and and urge to play can overwhelming the learning purpose. Glogs are good as group projects because the students need to jointly plan, arrange, and justify their choices. The EDU version comes in a fee-based flavor that gives a teacher control of student passwords and work.
David Peal's comment, April 7, 2014 10:04 PM
Not sure what's up with Glogster. There should be HTML5 version, but I only see the old Flash version. The iOS app doesn't work well.
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ClassTools.net: Create interactive flash tools / games for education

ClassTools.net: Create interactive flash tools / games for education | Web 2.0 tools for teachers | Scoop.it
Create free educational games and tools in flash
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British history teacher Russell Tarr has done a phenomenal job over the years creating set of  tools for presenting content. Classtools is designed with awareness of the challenge of supportiing historical thinking in a visual and engaging way, but the tools are generic enough for use in any language-based subject. Tarr is migrating these tools to HTML5 for use on iPad etc., and is also continually expanding toolset. Tools I use most frequently include the arcade games (good for quiz review), random name generator (for learning vocabular), dustbin (for learning the attributes of categories, such as "North" and "South" in American history). It is worth the effort to get to know other the tools that Tarr has assembled here.

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