MindMup is a free mind mapping tool, which allows you to collaborate online on a shared mind map. Where Mindmeister requires that you create an account, you can use MindMup and store your maps offline without creating an account. MindMup is primarily suited for use within the dialogical or the polyphonic form of teaching.
Within the dialogical form of teaching MindMup can be used as students' tool to generate ideas and organize information. It could be in connection with the tasks they have been asked by the teacher. Students can use MindMup without creating an account, and they can save their mind maps in the browser's memory, and work on them later.
Within the polyphonic form of teaching MindMup can be used by students to create shared maps for generating ideas when solving group assignments, project work and similar tasks. Students can, simultaneously, enroll their ideas in the mind map and they can build on each other's ideas in real-time, and the teacher also has the ability to read and participate in the evolvement of ideas. An online mind map can also serve as a tool to manage the collaboration process between a group of students.
If you wish to use MindMup's opportunities for collaboration, both between students within the polyphonic form of teaching, and between the teacher and the individual student within the dialogic form of teaching, You must activate the extension realtime collaboration under ' Extentions ' in the menu bar. In order to enable this extension you are required to, linking MindMup to your Google Account. This also provides the ability to store maps on Google Drive. You can read more about the possibilities of online collaboration in this Guide to MindMup.
ThingLink is a free web-based tool, which allows for the creation of interactive images. The tool allows both teacher and students to tag specific spots in an image and to embed links, sounds and video, to create visual information- and link collections. ThingLink is primarily suited for use within the monological and the dialogical form of teaching.
In the monologic form of teaching, the teacher can use ThingLink to present materials to students. For example it is, in preparation for excursions, possible to create an image of a map of the area or town you are visiting in Thing Link, and highlight the main points of interest on the map, and then embed links to pages and articles with further information on the various points of interest. You can also add audio recordings to an image by using SoundCloud, and you can embed the ThingLink images on a website, as I have done above (hold your mouse over the image to see the nested tags).
Within the dialogical form of teaching students can use ThingLink to gather information on specific topics. The tool can be used for brainstorming, but it is also a great tool for image analysis, where students can put comments in various places in the image (in the same way as in Live Minutes), and where they can link to other people's texts on specific elements of the image.
You have to create a free account to be able to use ThingLink. The account can be created using an existing login for Twitter or Facebook, and allows you to upload up to 100 images. If you need more than that, you can upgrade for $5 a month.
If you need help getting started using ThingLink, help is available on the website here.
Mindmeister is a free mind mapping tool, which allows students to co-create and co-edit mind maps.
MindMeister is suitable primarily for use in the polyphonic form of teaching.
Within the polyphonic form of teaching it is obvious to use MindMeister as students' common mind maps, for generating ideas prior to common writing assignments, project work and similar tasks. Students can, simultaneously, enroll their ideas in the mindmap and they can comment on and build on each other's ideas in real-time, and the teacher also has the ability to read and participate in the evolvement of ideas. An online mind map can also serve as a tool to manage the collaboration process between a group of students. By the help of Mindmeisters 'history' feature, which allows you to see how a mind map has evolved since it's creation, it can also be used as students' documentation of their idea-generation and collaborative process.
MindMeister is available in a free version, that you can access here. If you would like to try Mindmeister without registering, you can follow this link.
Mind Maps are a powerful tool for generating ideas. Bubbl.us allows to create mind maps in a web-based tool for free, and to let students work together to co-create mind maps in groups. Bubbl.us can be used without registering as a user.
Bubbl.us suitable for use within the dialogical form of teaching.
Within the dialogical form of teaching it is obvious to use Bubbl.us as students' individual mind maps, for example to help them generate ideas prior to writing assignments and other tasks. The student may write his ideas into the mind map, and the teacher has the opportunity to read and advise the student from his/her own starting point. The mind map can function as a mean to continuously control the process, and keep the student focused on what was, the initial idea.
It is always possible to export mind maps as a .jpg or .png image.
If you need help getting started with Bubbl.us in teaching and to use the functions of the tool, You can click on ' Help ' in the top right-hand corner of the this page.