2) Discuss these programs in relation to personalizing, tracking progress and goal setting.
bubbl.us This online mind-mapping application bills itself as “brainstorming made simple”. In essence, bubbl.us, enables you to visually represent brainstormed concepts and then web the connections and relationships between them. The net result is quite similar to the brainstormed webs that teachers create on chalkboards, and that students are sometimes expected to produce on paper.
Exploratree is a free web resource where you can access a library of ready-made interactive thinking guides, print them, edit them or make your own. You can share them and work on them in groups too.
Gliffy.com This is a free online diagramming tool. Symbol sets are available for creating diagrams to represent flow charts, networks, user interfaces, and floor plans. Gliffy is simple to learn, with an intuitive user interface. Diagrams can be saved and printed. Or, they can be published and shared. This makes Gliffy an effective tool for collaboration.
Mappio Do you enjoy mind maps? Well if you are interested in taking a look at some of the most popular mind maps or if you want to make your own, you should visit Mappio.com. It is a mind map site that gives users the tools to create their own mind maps about whatever they like. The mind maps featured on the site range from topics such as “Why Shoemoney is better than Britney Spears” to “Bad Codes Smell”.
Mindmeister This is another mind-mapping platform that facilitates online collaboration in real time. With Mindmeister, each mind-map starts with a central idea on a card in the middle of the screen. To this, you can add as many related concepts or “nodes” as you wish. You can then add sibling “nodes”. Once a “node” is created, you can drag it and drop it wherever you wish. Mindmeister provides convenient tools for zooming in and out, as well as for re-positioning the mind-map in order to focus on specific parts of it.
Mindomo By contrast with Bubbl.us, Mindomo is a “full-featured” online mind-mapping platform. There are numerous available formatting options that allow you to customize the look of your mind map. Sub-topics can easily be collapsed or extended. Notes can be attached to any topic or sub-topic. You can embed links to websites. There are conveniently built-in collections of icons and images that can be used in your mindmap. You can also import images from the web, including your own images if they are stored on the web.
Text 2 Mind Map is a web application that converts texts to mind maps.
It takes a structured list of words or sentences, interprets it, and draws a mind map out of them. For students/teachers who prefer text.
WikiMindMap This is not mind mapping software that allows you to create your own mind maps. Instead, it is a remarkable online resource that enables you to find and visually represent the links between concepts. Wikimindmap also provides a quick way to find more information about any related concept that is represented on its mind map. This can be used as a tremendous research tool.