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Script for our 2.0 Graphic Organizer presentation that includes links and resources.
This is a GEOSS activity by Bjorn Berhendt. He used VUE, an open source application for concept mapping, to make a Family tree. VUE is available at, .
BJ wrote these documents in the .odt format, but VTcite would not load them, so they have been uploaded as .doc files. This had to be done in OpenOffice because Word will not open .odt documents. He also has a sample VUE document that could not be uploaded.
This web2.0 resource allows users to create mind map collaboratively online.
CMAP ... Free Concept Mapping Tool that lets you make concept maps and share them so they can be worked on collaboratively. Too hard for elementary students but a nice tool for middle and high school students as well as teachers.
This non-commercial site - part of S.C.O.R.E. (Schools of California Online Resources for Education) - puts a lot of information about graphic organizers in one place.
Graphic Organizers (also known as mind maps, thinking bubbles, visualizers, etc.) are powerful tools that help us get a handle on complex information at a glance. Paper versions - think flow chart - have been used for a long time, but the computer-based graphic organizers offer several improvements for the 21st century learner:
* text can be easily re-arranged as one's ideas change
* graphics are easily added for enhancing meaning and connections
* sharing with large audiences is easy to do by just connecting to a projector
At this website, you'll find not only descriptions and examples of a variety of visual or graphic organizers, but also suggestions for how they can be used in the classroom.