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Chromebooks and the Chrome browser continue to evolve in the education space. There are many apps being created to fit a wide variety of needs. Looking for some free thinking map creation tools?
Thinking map apps we like.
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Common Core Connection
It is easy to find apps such as these that will help you achieve your Common Core goals. All of these apps will help you to ENGAGE your students and support both your own and student productivity.
Of course, these concept map apps will enable your students to create
thinking maps that define context, develop language, classify and order
concepts, analyze cause and effects, and see analogies. These
"visual maps" will enable your students to organize thinking about complex
relationships so they can be understood, explained and presented.
Google Apps for Education
Palm Springs Unified School District is officially a Google Apps For Education (GAFE) school. All of our students have Google accounts with 30 GB of space. As Educators, this means we can create great content on the web and truly collaborate with our students. Google has been developing their educational sector and is strongly advocating to get into the classroom. Google has definitely infiltrated the classroom with the introduction of the Chromebook. The Chromebook offers an inexpensive way for districts to get technology into the classroom, preparing students for the 21st century.
Google Drive has many tools inside of its suite of apps. We have written a tutorial that outlines how to use some of those web apps. One of the more basic apps within Google Drive is their word processing app called Google Docs. Google docs allows for ultimate collaboration. Students can edit assignments simultaneously. Projects and research papers can now be written as a group, without students having to meet face to face. Students can be in the comfort of their own homes and work on their assignments together, and all they need is an internet connection and their computer/tablet.
Google Docs also automatically saves a copy of your work every six seconds or so. The days of losing your work are over. Not to mention the revision history feature allows you to go back in time to use an older copy of any document, just in a case a students "accidentally" deletes their work.
Common Core Connection
Research is a large focus of the new common core implementation within Google Docs. Students open the research tool, and a search bar opens on the right. Students can seamlessly cite their resources when doing their research in MLA, APA, and Chicago style formats. This is also a great way to reinforce copyright laws as well.