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Saturday, March 6, 2010

Exploratree - Thinking Guide Templates

Exploratree is a free graphic organizer creation tool. Exloratree users can use pre-made graphic organizer templates which Exploratree refers to as "thinking guides" or create their own templates. The Exploratree thinking guides can be used online or downloaded and printed for offline use. Thinking guides can be created collaboratively on Exploratree which makes Exploratree a good tool for students working in groups to design projects together.

Applications for Education
One of the things I like about Exploratree is the wide range of templates that are offered to students. As we know, not all students process information the same way. Exploratree's wide range of templates provides students with the option to pick a thinking guide that fits them best.

Creating and completing graphic organizers is a great pre-writing activity for students to gather and organize their thoughts. Collaboratively creating graphic organizer with students is also a good way to have students make study guides or prepare a presentation.

Here are some related items that may be of interest to you:
Bubbl.us - Free Mind Mapping Tool
Slate Box - Collaborative Mind Mapping
Cacoo - Collaborative Diagram Creation

Week in Review - Most Popular Items

It's Saturday morning in Maine and as I do every weekend I've compiled a list of the most popular items of the last week. The list is based on the clicks and views for each post.

Here are the seven most popular posts of the last week:
1. Using Maps in an Elementary School Math Lesson
2. TEDxNYED - A TED Event About Tech in Education
3. Big, Huge, Free US Presidents Timeline Poster
4. Jeopardy Labs: Make Your Own Online Jeopardy Game
5. A Classroom Back-channel Gone Wrong
6. NOVA on Hulu
7. Running for Office - A Political Cartoon Exhibit

As always, thank you to everyone that has shared this blog with your friends and colleagues. Because of you, this week we exceeded 2500 fans of Free Technology for Teachers on Facebook.

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