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Once again, it was great to meet you all!
As a bonus, I uploaded this density demo to TeacherTube. If you’ve never seen or done this, try it out- it’s great!
If you want to later go back and edit the album, you can log in with your Google account credentials. Anyway, this will come in handy for all those times you need to host an image online so that it has a unique URL. You can then use that location in other Web 2.0 tools (see the slideshow alternatives on our Link Directory page here).
OK, sure, there are several of these online mind mapping sites like bubbl.us, mindomo, mindmeister, and others. But there’s a new player on the block, and I happen to like this one. Take a look at my map I created of the branches of government (maybe I should update it with new election results). For best results, put it in full screen view (button on right end):
I really like the way the text scrolls within a balloon- that allows for longer summaries and explanations to be added. Adding the pictures was great too! There are quite a few styles to choose from so you’ll have to explore to see them all. The site works on a freemium model, so the free version has a few limitations:
All maps are watermarked (like we’ve ever let that stop us from using something free)
Can’t password protect the free maps (so if you don’t want everyone to see it, don’t put it out there)
Can’t collaborate with others on a single map (we have other tools for that)
Limited number of styles (which actually saves time in the classroom)
Some features not available (like adding sounds, editing the appearance, etc.)
Anyway, try it for yourself- it requires a verified email address to set up your account, but it’s worth it. The interface is easy to use, and the results are… well, rewarding! Here’s a quick peek into the editing interface: