For Thing 3, we will be exploring Mind Maps, Diagrams and Flow Charts. How you use these tools depends on what/if you teach and how you work with students and your colleagues. We will be looking at two different tools: MindMup and Lucidchart.
Mind Maps, Diagrams and Flow Charts allow you to brainstorm, plan a project or story, graphically organize your thoughts and make conceptual connections visual.
Here are a few MindMup sources for tips and reviews:
- MindMup Official Blog
- MindMup: Browser-based, free, easy and open source (Mind Mapping Blog)
- MindMup Maps Your Brain in the Browser (Lifehacker.com)
I made the (EXTREMELY basic) flowchart embedded below using an online tool called "Lucidchart". Lucidchart is also a Chrome app that you actually CONNECT to your Google Drive (fancy!). Check out the screencast I created demonstrating how to do this. Of the two tools, Lucidchart is the more complex/powerful.
Here are a few Lucidchart sources for tips and reviews:
- Lucidchart Featured Examples (Lucidchart website)
- Lucidchart: Diagrams Done Right (The Ed Tech Round Up)
- Lucidchart-- Excellent Web Based Diagramming and Charts, Free for Educators and Students (EmergingEdTech)
TO COMPLETE THING 3:
- Create a mindmap using MindMup.
- Paste the link to the MindMup into your blog (or take a screenshot and insert it-- clicking "embed" only embeds the link).
- Create a mindmap, diagram or flowchart using Lucidchart. (***Don't be intimidated by Lucidchart-- there is a learning curve, but for this assignment you just need to create a VERY BASIC mindmap/diagram/flowchart. One of the goals of this course is to get more comfortable trying new technology, so it's ok if you don't get it right the first time!)
- Embed the Lucidchart into your blog (here is a short screencast I created demonstrating this)
- In Your "Thing 3: Mind Maps, Diagrams and Flow Charts" post, reflect on your experience and compare the two tools. Which did you prefer, how would you use them with students/colleagues/for yourself, how do they compare to Active Inspire or other desktop software you've used?