Brainstorming and mind mapping are regular classroom activities, but do you ever wonder which digital tools we can use to make these more effective and efficient? Below are five apps that will make this one of your favourite activities in the classroom.
This is great for students planning essays and writing pieces, creating connections between information, categorising facts and information using colours and relationships, or simply writing summaries for revision of work. Choose from a variety of templates to ensure students get a successful outcome.
Use qool to create visually appealing, structure free, presentation spaces, or use it to collate research by adding images, video and information straight from Bing. Digital Post.it style app is great for categorisation and analysis of information.
The ability to insert images and link directly to the internet, video, music and other files makes this app truly ‘qool’.
The list of qool functions are:
Use your touch pen to create visual drawing based mind maps. Write as if you using pen and paper. This pressure sensitive writing app makes drawing on a screen a wonderful experience.
Bamboo Page is an app for quick notes and sketches optimized for Windows 8. Capture your creative thoughts as quickly and simple as on real paper and share them instantly with colleagues and friends.
You can also just choose to save your page as a screenshot onto your device.
It has just three buttons and a simple colour palette. It does however create very effective mind maps, brainstorms notes and plans. Open this app, click on the plus button and you are in action. Once done you can share your map to your device through the charm bar. Check out the video below for a quick tutorial.
The most sophisticated of all the apps mentioned, Grapholite helps you to create powerful and visually strong mind maps. Grapholite has been made specifically with Windows 8 in mind. The touch wheel reminds me of OneNote, making the app a great experience for all on tablets. Controls in this app are extensive. Use one of the themes provided or create your own mind map from scratch.
Once done, save your map and share through the charm bar. Grapholite also has the functionality from within the app to search for icons in the Iconfinder site. This makes it super simple to add images and graphics to your mind map.
With these five apps, brainstorming and mind mapping is no long just about a whiteboard and marker. With your windows 8 tablet it becomes a powerful exercise that can support your students in many ways. Once you’ve tried one of the apps, let us know how it worked out for you.