Activities for the Day
1. Post your know, want, and learn comments on this Padlet wall. Double click to write on the wall.
2. Use RealTime Board to work with one or two others to collaboratively create a concept map for a topic you teach.
3. Find an image online, draw a new image, or use an image stored on your computer to use on ThingLink. Annotate the image with interactive pinmarks.
4. Use Text2MindMap to create a visualization of a complex system.
Multimedia Mind Map Tools
Popplet is a service that combines the best of online sticky note services like Padlet 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.
Text-based Mind Mapping
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.
Coggle is a collaborative mind-mapping service. To create a Coggle mind map just sign-in with your Google account and click the “+” icon to start your mind map. After entering the main idea of your mind map you can add branches by clicking the “+” icons that appear next to everything you type. To re-arrange elements just click on them and drag them around your screen. You can invite others to view and edit your mind maps. You can also just invite others to view by sending them an email through Coggle. All Coggle mind maps can be downloaded as PDFs or PNG image files. You can also save and organize Coggle mind map files in your Google Drive account.
Text 2 Mind Map offers a great way to turn your typed outlines into mind maps. To create a mind map on Text 2 Mind Map type out an outline in the text box. After typing your outline click “draw mind map” to have your mind map created for you. If after creating your mind map you need to add more elements to just add them into your outline and click “draw mind map” again. Your mind map can be downloaded as a PDF or PNG file. The mind maps that you create on Text 2 Mind Map can also be shared via email, Facebook, or Twitter.
Online KWL Charts
Padlet is an online corkboard that you can use to create collaborative KWL charts. To get started simply go to Padlet 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 Padlet 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 Padlet as you only need to give students the URL of your wall in order for them to add notes to the wall.
To use Padlet for collaborative KWL charts. Create a wall, make it public, and ask students to share what they know and what they want to know about a topic. If you allow anonymous posting you might get contributions from shy students who might not otherwise speak-up in class. You can password protect your Padlet wall so that students sign-in with a password you set for the wall.
Another option for creating an online KWL chart is to create and publish a Google Docs document. Create the document share it directly with students or its editing permissions to “anyone with the link” and invite students to write on the document. To keep the document organized you should insert a table that your students will fill-in.
Timeline Creation Tools
HSTRY is a multimedia timeline creation tool that will work on your laptop, Chromebook, iPad, or tablet. With a HSTRY account you can build timelines in a vertical scroll format similar to that of a Facebook feed. To start the process pick a topic and upload a cover photo. To add events to the timeline just click the “+” symbol and select the type of media that you want to add to your timeline. You can add videos, images, audio, and text to the events on your timeline. There are two features of HSTRY that make it stand-out from the crowd. First, as a teacher you can create an online classroom in which you can view all of your students’ timelines. Second, as a teacher you can build questions into timelines that you share with your students. You can even build-in explanations of the answers to your questions.
Timeline JS provides a template for creating and publishing multimedia timelines through a Google Spreadsheet.
Dipity is a great timeline creation tool that allows users to incorporate text, images, and videos into each entry on their timeline. Like most good web tools, Dipity has a collaboration option and has multiple options for sharing your timelines publicly or privately. Each entry to a Dipity timeline can include multiple types of media which allows users to add more detail and information than can be included in a traditional timeline. If you want to import Tweets and other social media messages, you can do that too on Dipity. Dipity will work on your iPad.
myHistro is a timeline builder and map creation tool rolled into one nice package. On myHistro you can build a personal timeline or build a timeline about a theme or event in history. Each event that you place on your timeline can be geolocated using Google Maps. myHistro timelines can be created online or you can use the free iPad app to create events on your timeline.
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.
Mind Mapping on iPads and Android Tablets
Popplet, mentioned above, offers a free app and a premium iPad app that you can use to create multimedia mind maps.
Idea Sketch is a free mind mapping app for the iPad. You mind maps are limited to text only.
Ink Flow is not designed as a mind mapping tool per se, but it is great for free-hand sketching of ideas.
iBrainstorm is a free brainstorming application for the iPad and the iPhone. The app allows you to record brainstorming sessions using a combination of free hand drawings and sticky notes. You can share and collaborate with other users of iBrainstorm.
Mindomo is a slick Android app for creating mind maps. Of all the mind mapping apps I’ve tried on an Android tablet, it is my favorite. The app provides a variety of themes and formats for creating your mind maps. Mindomo provides nine layouts for your mind maps including a web style, circular style, and branching tree style. Mindomo mind maps support the inclusion of images and links. You can include images by pasting in an image URL or you can browse Flickr, Bing, and the Mindomo library for images without leaving the app.
Create a timeline of linked videos by using the YouTube annotations tools. Click here to learn how.