Mind Maps and Timelines

Activities
1. Browse the Google Docs template gallery, select a template, modify it, and share it with someone else. Then try commenting on each other's contributions to the timeline or mind map.

2. Select an educational activity from the chart below then try using one of the collaborative tools associated with it. 

Multimedia, Collaborative Mind Mapping Tools
Popplet is a new service that combines the best of online sticky note services like Wallwisher with collaborative mind mapping functions. Popplet allows you to create a wall of multimedia sticky notes that you can share with others. Your stickies can include videos and images that you pull from other online services. You can also upload media from your desktop to your sticky notes. Popplet offers a browser bookmarklet that you can use to add content from other webpages to your Popplet pages. Invite others via email to collaborate on your wall of sticky notes. The mind mapping element of Popplet is the option to connect your notes. To do this just click one of the small circles that hovers near your note (Popplet calls them "Popples") while you're editing. Click those small circles will launch a connected blank note that you can edit. You can create as many Popplet walls as you like within your account. Each Popplet that you make public can be embedded into your blog or website.

Spider Scribe is an online mind map creation service. Spider Scribe can be used individually or be used collaboratively. I've reviewed a lot ofmind mapping tools over the years. What jumps out about Spider Scribe is that users can add images, maps, calendars, text notes, and uploaded text files to their mind maps. Users can connect the elements on their mind maps or let them each stand on their own.


Lucid Chart offers a simple drag and drop interface for creating flow charts, organizational charts, mind maps, and other types of diagrams. To create with Lucid Chart just select elements from the menus and drag them to the canvas. You can resize any element and type text within elements on your chart. Arrows and connecting lines can be resized, repositioned, and labeled to bring clarity to your diagrams.


Bubbl.us is a free mind mapping/ graphic organization tool that allows users to collaboratively create and edit mind maps. Bubbl.us takes just seconds to figure out and you can try it before registering for an account. With Bubbl.us users can use their keyboard or use the drag and drop interface to arrange elements in their mind maps. Publishing work created with Bubbl.us can be done by exporting the file to a JPEG, PNG, or as an XML or HTML file. Any mind map created using Bubbl.us can be embedded into a blog or website.

Board800 is a simple service that enables anyone to create a collaborative whiteboard space in seconds. Board800's primary functionality is drawing shapes and creating designs. You can also add text to your Board800 whiteboard. To get started using Board800 all you need to do is visit the homepage, click "start drawing," and then click "create a new session." Once you've started a whiteboarding session you can invite people to join you by sharing the session name/number assigned to your whiteboard.

Exploratree is a free graphic organizer creation tool. Exloratree users can use pre-made graphic organizer templates which Exploratree refers to as "thinking guides" or create their own templates. The Exploratree thinking guides can be used online or downloaded and printed for offline use. Thinking guides can be created collaboratively onExploratree which makes Exploratree a good tool for students working in groups to design projects together.

Glogster.com
Glogster is best described as a multimedia collage builder. Students can mash together video clips, audio clips, text, and images to create interactive online posters.  Glogster can be used in any number of content areas. I've had students use Glogster to create collages about famous figures from the 1920's. Literature teachers may want to use Glogster to create book reports and or character portrayals. Creating Glogster collages could be an assignment in and of itself or the collages your students create could be part of larger collaborative project like creating a wiki on a particular unit of study. Glogster for Education gives teachers the ability to create accounts for their classrooms. Using their Glogster for Education accounts, teachers can assign and manage individual accounts for their students.

Google Documents can also be used as a platform for collaborative brainstorming sessions. To learn more about how to use Google Documents, click here

Online corkboards allow students to share notes on any topic you assign or that they choose. 
Wallwisher is very easy to use. To get started simply go to Wallwisher.com and click "build a wall." Then title your wall, choose a URL for your wall, enter your name and email, and start adding sticky notes to the wall. Sticky notes added to a Wallwisher wall can contain up to 160 characters of text plus links to images and videos. You can choose to make your wall private or public. If you choose the public option anyone can quickly add sticky notes to your wall. If you want to approve additions to the wall before they appear, that's an option too. Choosing the public settings allows for the quickest set-up and use of Wallwisher as you only need to give students the URL of your wall in order for them to add notes to the wall.

Multimedia Timeline Tools

I like XTimeline because I find it to be a great service that is very accessible to high school students. Using XTimeline students can collaborate, just as they would when making a wiki, to build a multimedia timeline. Timelines built using XTimeline can include text, images, and video.XTimeline will accept dates in A.D./B.C. format.

TimeGlider offers some nicer layout features compared to XTimeline, but is not quite as intuitive to use as XTimeline. The layout features that I like about TimeGlider is the ability to stagger or indent events below each other in a sequence. TimeGlider also makes it easy to display the relative importance of an event by increasing its size in comparison to other events on the timeline. Like XTimeline,TimeGlider accepts dates in A.D./B.C. format.

Time Toast is easy to learn to use. To add events to a timeline simply click on the inconspicuous "add an event" button and a simple event box pops up in which you can enter enter text, place a link, or add a picture. Time Toast does not have the more advanced editing options that XTimeline and TimeGlider offer. What it offers instead is ease of use which makes it a suitable choice for students in elementary school or middle school.

Create a Linked Series of YouTube Videos


Live Brainstorming with Discussion


Live Minutes is a service offering free hosting for webinars. It takes less than thirty seconds to set-up a webinar on Live Minutes. To get started just click "start sharing" and a meeting space is created for you. That meeting space is assigned a URL that you can share with the people you want to join you.

Live Minutes offers a good selection of tools that you can utilize to share ideas with others. You can talk to each other using either the Live Minutes audio or by connecting through Skype. Live Minutes offers a collaborative whiteboard for drawing. Uploading images and documents for others to see and comment on is also an option. And in the future Live Minutes will allow you to share videos during your webinar.

Teaching Activities Using Online Mind Mapping Tools

Activity

Tools

Online Know, Want, Learn chart.

  • Students share fact, ideas, and questions. As the wall fills up students who know the answers to others’ questions post those answers. Drag items from “want” to “know.” Students move notes into sequence.

Wallwisher.com

Edistorm.com

En.Linoit.com

Spaaze.com

Posti.ca

Stixy.com

Sneffel.com

Dabbleboard.com

Twiddla.com

Board800.com

Cosketch.com

Showdocument.com

Flockdraw.com

Notaland.com

Exit cards for student or attendee feedback.

  • Teacher provides a space for students  to provide feedback about what they liked and did not like about class.
  • Meeting or event facilitator provides a space for attendees to provide feedback about what they liked and did not like about the meeting or event.



Scriblink.com

Dabbleboard.com

Twiddla.com

Creately.com

Wallwisher.com

Edistorm.com

Construct concept maps.

  • Students or teacher place a main concept in center of screen. Students then write supporting facts and evidence around central concept. Arrange supporting facts and evidence to show connections between in their support of central concept.

Slatebox.com

Bubbl.us

Flockdraw.com

Cacoo.com

Board800.com

Wisemapping.com

Mindmeister.com

Cosketch.com

Mapul.com

En.ekpenso.com

Mind42.com

Slickplan.com

Think.ajsands.com

Create causation charts.

  • Students place a significant event, such as WWII, on the screen. Students then write events and concepts contributing to the cause of the central event.

Showdocument.com

Scriblink.com

Dabbleboard.com

Twiddla.com

Creately.com

Docs.Google.com

Mapul.com

En.ekpenso.com

Mind42.com

Spicynodes.org

Slickplan.com

Think.ajsands.com

Analyze fiction literature.

  • While reading or after reading students identify main idea. Use branches and smaller boxes/ bubbles on screen to identify supporting details, subplots, and characters.

Bubbl.us

Flockdraw.com

Cacoo.com

Board800.com

Gliffy.com

Wisemapping.com

Mapul.com

En.ekpenso.com

Mind42.com

Slickplan.com

Think.ajsands.com

Analyze nonfiction literature.

  • Similar style as analyzing fiction literature. Students record supporting details, but also identify what they perceive as unanswered questions or flaws in the author’s argument(s).


Bubbl.us

Flockdraw.com

Cacoo.com

Wallwisher.com

Edistorm.com

En.Linoit.com

Create timelines.

  • Students create multimedia timelines to trace the history of a specific topic or event.

Dipity.com

Timetoast.com

Timeglider.com

Capzles.com

Timerime.com

Xtimeline.com

Ourstory.com

Visualize complex systems.

  • Students create flow charts to illustrate how a complex system such as a computer program, electronic circuit, government system, economic system, or biological system works.

Text2mindmap.com

Mapul.com

Web.dropmind.com

Mywebspiration.com

Gliffy.com

Flowchart.com

Lucidchart.com

Creately.com

Slickplan.com

My.lovelycharts.com

Pre-writing activity.

  • Students can create mind maps to organize their thoughts around a topic for either creative or formal writing.

Bubbl.us

Flockdraw.com

Cacoo.com

Wallwisher.com

Edistorm.com

En.Linoit.com

Mapul.com

En.ekpenso.com

Mind42.com

Spicynodes.org

Slickplan.com

Text2mindmap.com

Think.ajsands.com


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