Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Mind-mapping with MindMeister!

Students at several grade levels use mind-mapping as a tool for organizing their thoughts, research notes, or observations.  We have been using paid software programs to do mind-mapping, but have also been looking for an easy-to-use, free, web-based program that syncs with Google Drive. Enter MindMeister.

MindMeister is a Chrome App that is easy-to-use and syncs with Google Drive. It has many features, including color-coding, use of Creative Commons images, and collaborative mind-mapping.  It's been fun to explore this tool with students so far.

Here's a tip sheet we've compiled to help you get started with MindMeister:

Monday, May 12, 2014

Techie Tuesday: iPad App Speed Dating, Round 3

Welcome to our final Techie Tuesday for this school year
 and to Round 3 of iPad App Speed Dating!

iPad App Speed Dating, which I first learned about from Jennie Magiera, is a fun way to share about several iPad apps in a short period of time.

For this final round of iPad App Speed Dating for this school year , we will spotlight the following five iPad apps (led by teachers and a student):

Click on the images to learn more about how to use each of the apps.

Subtext in the Classroom


Kahoot in the Classroom

Plan4U.EDU Demo

Staff members will have five minutes at each app station, and will rotate through to learn about each app.  Then, they will have 10 minutes at the end to try out an app or ask follow-up questions.

After our WVR App Speed Dating on Tuesday, I will also upload a tutorials on each app from our staff members.

Are you interested in trying out one (or more) of these apps in your classroom?  Let me know!

Share in the comments below:

 How have you used these apps in your classroom?  

Which apps are your favorites for teaching and learning?