In our sessions on mind mapping how some of the many ideas might be applied back in the classroom, we often have a quick discussion on the power of recording ideas visually, and a discussion of how it can confuse some students who DON’T think or work in a visual way.
It is useful and reminds us of the “old style topic webs” we started using to plan at the beginning of our careers.
Bubbl.us lets you create thought bubbles and connect them together.
You also can easily move the bubbles around or change the links connecting them to each other.
Being an online application there are some collaborative feature, and if you can fit your thoughts into little connected bubbles, try it.
There are several “mind mapping” software products available, a favourite being 2Simple’s brilliant, and adaptable, 2Connect.
Bubbl.us isn’t in that class. But it’s free and it’s fun, and it might help you see connections in your own thoughts.
• Brainstorm online
• Create colorful mind
• Share work with others
• Embed your map in
your blog or website
• Email and print map
• Save map as an image
It could be so easy to overlook, or take for granted, Google for education, and a great collection of teaching and learning tools.
Classroom integrates Google Docs, Drive, and Gmail to enable teachers to create, collect, and organise assignments, and extend classroom communication. Google is offering Classroom to anyone with a Google Apps for Education account. Classroom is intended “ to give teachers more time to teach and students more time to learn.”
AuthorSTREAM enables storage, presentation, and interaction with presentations of differing forms. Share your PowerPoints publicly or privately, for free. Convert your PowerPoints to video. Broadcast your PowerPoints live, communicate and collaborate in real time.
Unlike many online PP sites, AuthorSTREAM retains your animations, audio narrations and in-slide videos. Useful.
Face sketch is a SUPERB tool for creating …sketches… of …um … faces! Who’d’ve guessed it eh?!
Indentikit and more. A great way to look at the proportions of faces on a whiteboard in an art lesson.
Face sketch is also really good for making some cartoon faces which you could animate in CrazyTalk, or Morpho, possibly the ultimate face manipulators.