Here's a link to my "Scoop" of favorite education links I've been gathering for the last few months. Hopefully some of them are useful, or stimulate some different thinking.
This isn't a perfect image, but here's a larger (1200px tall) version of the WHMIS symbol organized by class, for use in powerpoints, or printing for student learning.
There are a lot of uses for concept mapping (mind mapping) or similar diagrams.
I've often used mind mapping when needing to brainstorm ideas, relevant concepts, and organize them into their hierarchical levels of depth.
I also plan on writing a book, which will start as a mind map - the central focus/topic in the middle, 7-10 questions as the next level, 2-3 answers for each topic, and a few other branches in between as needed for additional info, definitions (if needed), background, etc.
I could see it as a useful tool in preparing lesson plans, and for students to help understand topics. Students could also use them in preparing presentations or reports, including essays, and even studying concepts for tests.
The map above was created with Inspiration 9 on the Mac, and was very quick to produce. I definitely can recommend this software tool as a useful tool. I think that a hand map could sometimes be quicker or more effective to a point - but when the map gets large, the paper and pen fail. It is also more difficult to digitize a large mind map and have it look good/legible. I don't often recommend commercial non-free tools, but this one seems to be quite powerful and useful, with fantastic export options to MS Word, OOo Writer, Apple Pages, Web/HTML, PDF, GIF, JPG, PNG.
This is the first post for the ED3508-2012 EdTech class. I'm fairly well versed in blogging, but I'm not too sure on the feasibility and value of a blog for education. Perhaps more for reflection and sharing insights, snippets of new tools and 'aha' moments. Either way, it will be good to keep track of the semester.