Tool Evaluation #3

Tool Evaluations

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“Providing new and revolutionary ways of working together in our increasingly global and connected environment” -Mindmeister About Page

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

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Features: 

Ability to allow students to edit maps by providing a public link: (https://www.mindmeister.com/841048472teacher can allow students to edit the map by simply providing them the link

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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

 

 

Strengths: 

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 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

Limitations:

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.

Classroom Applications:

Creating a concept map with paper and pencil is boring for students

Screen Shot 2017-02-05 at 4.04.55 PM.pngThe 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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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