Sunday, November 18, 2012

The resource for today is called

What is is a brainstorming and mind mapping Web 2.0 tool. This website does use Flash, so you must have Flash installed on your computer.

Is it free? is free for up to 3 mind maps or brainstorming maps. In order to save more maps, you must upgrade to a paid subscription. This paid subscription is $6.00/month, OR it's $3.00/month for educators. The one way to "work around" getting only 3 maps is to delete other maps that you are no longer using.

What will bring to your classroom?
This product can prove to be beneficial in all different grades throughout the education system. From using it in the Kindergarten classroom to create a mind map about things that start with the letters in the alphabet to using it in 5th Grade classrooms to brainstorm ideas about a character's actions and what it tells about their personality to a college student making a mind map about the various stocks available and what they give back. This tool brings an easier way to create brainstorming maps without having to use pen and pencil and you can color code to your liking and understanding.

How do I use
Below, I will show you the steps of using

Step 1: Sign in for your account. Click Star Brainstorming in order to create a sheet.

Step 2: Label the first bubble as the CENTER bubble (what the chart is about).

Step 3: Begin adding "children bubbles" which are the first bubbles off the sides. These are considered your subheadings.

Step 4: Continue adding bubbles until your map is complete. You can also change all your bubble colors, font color, text, and so forth by putting your mouse over top of the bubbles. That's it!

Each map you make is considered a "sheet." Since I have the free account, I have 1 out of 3 sheets saved.


How can I use in my classroom?
Below is a list of ways that this tool can be utilized in the classroom:

-Compare two stories
-Use in planning essays

-Analyze story elements

-Use for sequence of events
-Show relationships of shapes
-Use for creating a family tree

-Brainstorm for a research project

-Brainstorm topics for group projects
-Create mind map about characters from stories
-Classification of animals or nonliving vs. living animals
-Use for scientific processes such as the precipitation cycle

-Come up with ideas for a fictional story by using a brainstorm map
-Create a mind map to show what students know at the beginning of a unit
-Create a mind map to show what students know NOW at the end of a unit
-Develop vocabulary by writing the words and then definitions, part of speech, ways to use, etc.

Honestly, the possibilities are ENDLESS.

How would YOU use in your classroom? Answer in the comments on this post!

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