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Type of Software: Collaborative, Web 2.0
Primary Users: Teachers and students, parents could access but mostly used to collaborate on assignments
Appropriate Audience: Upper elementary and on students. Students will need to have access to and the ability to use a webpage.
Price: free for basic (3 mindful maps), with option to upgrade to either business, pro, or personal
Ability to allow students to edit maps by providing a public link: (https://www.mindmeister.com/841048472) teacher can allow students to edit the map by simply providing them the link
Ability to customize map by adding images and emoticons that are relevant to the information being added. Can change text block color and size in order to correspond certain information.
Class can access the map at anytime
Option to print out map at any time (complete or uncomplete)
Can share map directly to class by adding each of their email addresses to the share tab
Maps can be created based on any topic
Teacher can decide if students are to edit the map (assignment) or just simply view the map and use it as a study tool
No limitations to what information can be mapped
Simple to navigate
Can be accessed at anytime with the provided link or if shared with, can also be printed to use if no access to computer
Fun to customize, this will be more engaging for students
Teacher can go on and correct any wrong information added or delete anything unnecessary
Information is more structured and organized than written notes or assignments
Teacher cannot see who adds what text, so cannot be used as an assessment tool
Can become a distraction, students may get carried away with editing the map and adding pictures
No way to filter the information being added, students can just google answers
Only able to create a few maps if using the basic version
Prerequisites: Students must have basic knowledge of online websites and how to navigate them. They must be able to efficiently type and read text online. Therefore, this would be most efficient for students grade 5 and up. Teacher should provide a tutorial in class before assigning and projects on using the tool. Students must also have access to a computer and the internet.
Maintaining Interest: Online maps are more engaging than paper and pencil. However, they present the issue of students searching the web instead of completing the assignment. Despite this, there are no pop-ups on the website and with the provided emoticons students should not have to search the internet. In order to avoid browsing the internet, students should be asked to input information that they have in their books or notes from class.
Creating a concept map with paper and pencil is boring for students
The class can go to the computer lab and start a concept map on the computer on the site. Teacher can then ask the students to go on and edit it more at home (ex: teacher assigns 5 states and capitals to each student to add to the class concept map). Students can all access the map and see all of the information their peers added.
Wanting a new way for students to present information on a project or complete an assignment
Students can create their own concept map (alone or together), and share it with the teacher. Teacher can access map through link or email and then assess the assignment. Instead of giving written or verbal feedback, teacher can type in their feedback on the concept map. Students can also present their concept maps to the class.