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New Instructional Tools by Mind Map: New Instructional Tools
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New Instructional Tools

PiratePad

Purpose/Uses

Online collaboration on documents in real time

Features

Color-coded text according to author

Chat window for people who are online at the same time

Timeline lets you keep track of all the revisions to the document

Possible to export your documents

Curricular Integration

Would be great for group projects that there's not enough class time for

Could be used to link with a class from another school/state/country

Problems

I had some difficulty because it's a tool that's meant to be used by a group of people, and I'm only one experimenter

Other

Tutorial at http://screenr.com/eXO (about 3.5 minutes)

Wordle

Purpose/Uses

Creates word clouds from text

Features

Places more emphasis on words that appear more often in the text, For example, use the word "Dog" 3 times, it will be bigger in the final visual than "Cat" which was used only once

Several options for colors, fonts, and layouts

Possible to change the shape of your Wordle, as well as the orientation of the text (horizontal, vertical, etc.)

Has forum where you can ask questions of other Wordle users

Curricular Integration

Great for creating posters!, Could create "Self Poster" at the beginning of the year to introduce themselves; things students find important about themselves will be bigger, Can create a poster for just about any topic, Excellent visual for keywords and terms

Problems

You can't edit text once you've put it in the box; recommended to type it in a Word document, copy and paste it into box in Wordle

Wordle Gallery doesn't have any sort of filter, not recommended for use with students (inappropriate Wordles might be present)

Can't save your Wordle as an image (.jpg, .gif, etc.), Tutorial showed that Mac users can save as a pdf when opening print menu

Other

Tutorial at http://vimeo.com/13685081 (about 11 minutes)

Dipity

Purpose/Uses

Tool for creating timelines

Features

Add as many events to timeline with as much info about each event as you want

Can automatically pull from other sources (such as your Twitter account) for your own personal timeline

Curricular Integration

Could create timelines as a historical project, biographical project

Students can create own personal timeline of their life

Can create timelines such as "What I Did This Summer," "My Trip to Boston," etc.

Problems

Other than being limited to solely creating timelines, I didn't have any problems with this site.

Other

Tutorial at http://vimeo.com/5396012 (about 7 minutes)