Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Lucid Chart - Quick & Easy Chart Creation

There is no shortage of tools on the web to help people create flowcharts and mind maps (find nine good ones here), some offer more features than others and some are easier to use than others. One such tool that is both easy to use and offers a lot of design options is Lucid Chart.

Lucid Chart offers a simple drag and drop interface for creating flow charts, organizational charts, mind maps, and other types of diagrams. To create with Lucid Chart just select elements from the menus and drag them to the canvas. You can resize any element and type text within elements on your chart. Arrows and connecting lines can be resized, repositioned, and labeled to bring clarity to your diagrams. Watch the video below to see Lucid Chart in action (fans of the Beatles will definitely want to watch the video).

Lucid Chart charges business customers for their service, but makes all of their tools free for teachers and students.

Applications for Education
Creating flow charts or mind maps can be a valuable process for visual learners. The process of creating a chart can help students visualize and process the parts of multifaceted problem or concept. Lucid Chart makes it easy for students to create charts and share their charts.