Each week, I plan to highlight a different resource that can be valuable to teachers using technology. For my first post, I wanted to share a great collaborative tool for mapping ideas.
Lucidchart is a wonderful website that allows individuals or groups to brainstorm ideas, organize thoughts, and collaborate in real time. The interface is quite user friendly, so it should be easy for students and teachers to quickly catch on and begin mapping their thoughts almost immediately. See the video below for a demo of the product (not created by me, found on their website):
I have spent quite a bit of time over the last couple weeks looking at the different tools out there for collaborative idea mapping, and I think this is one of the best! Some of the features that I like include:
- It is free for educational users – both K-12 and university level. Find more information here.
- You can easily insert images into the charts, which is a very important part of idea mapping. They even have built in a Google search to find images, though you should be careful to check copyright.
- You have many options for what to do with your charts. You can publish to a website, download as images that can be added to documents and presentations, and save as PDF.
- It has a revision history, allowing you to see what changes have been made and who made them.
Would love to see how teachers and students can put this great resource to use – happy mapping!