Showing posts with label slatebox. Show all posts
Showing posts with label slatebox. Show all posts

Sunday, January 22, 2012

Slatebox - Visualize Everything

A few years ago I wrote about a nice collaborative mind mapping tool called Slatebox. Recently, Slatebox revamped the back end of service to speed things up a bit. Slatebox now runs on HTML5 and Javascript to speed up the editor. Collaboration now happens in realtime so that everyone working on a mind map can see all changes simultaneously.

The user interface of Slatebox has changed a bit too. Gone are the templates of the old Slatebox interface. Instead every mind map starts with a blank canvas. All additions to your canvas are automatically centered for you. Whenever you add a new node to your mind map the text editor is automatically opened for your use. You can now add images to your Slatebox mind maps by searching the web or by specifying a url. Finally, Slateboxes that you create can now be embedded into your blog or you can download them as image files.

Applications for Education
If you're looking for a fast and responsive mind mapping tool for your students to use when they plan a project or diagram a concept, give Slatebox a try. Or if you just want to create organization templates for your students to use offline, you can use Slatebox for that too. Create your template, download it as an image, and print it out.

Monday, July 13, 2009

Slate Box - Collaborative Mind Mapping

Slatebox is a slick, new tool for collaboratively creating mind maps and organizational charts. Slatebox offers a variety of good-looking templates and intuitive tools for designing and editing mind maps and charts. Creating a mind map is a simple matter of selecting a template and using the visual editor to place text and images in boxes. Those boxes can be resized and rearranged using the drag and drop editor. If you need more text boxes, simply add more.

Inviting people to join you on Slatebox is easy to do in part because of the variety of sign-in options. It is possible to use Slatebox without having to create a new username or password. To use Slatebox you can sign in with your Google, Open ID, Facebook, AOL, or Windows Live account. If you don't have one of those accounts you can create a unique Slatebox username and password, but you will have to wait for an account verification email.

Applications for Education
Slatebox could be a great way for students to brainstorm with each other over the Internet. Slatebox could also be used on an interactive whiteboard. On a whiteboard you could have students take turns editing elements and moving elements around the mind map.