Showing posts with label visual thinking. Show all posts
Showing posts with label visual thinking. Show all posts

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Trailmeme - Create and Trace Trails of Links

Trailmeme is an interesting new service that could be described as social bookmarking meets social mind mapping. The basic idea behind Trailmeme is that we all have our own way of connecting the things we find on the Internet when we research a topic. Trailmeme provides a way to record those connections and publish them as a mind map or flowchart that Trailmeme refers to as a "trail." When you publish your trail publicly other visitors to Trailmeme can "walk" the trail you created. Walking a trail means that you follow the map of labeled links created by another person. Watch the video below to learn more about Trailmeme.

Read Write Web has a good article about Trailmeme which is where I first learned about the service.

Applications for Education
At first the utility of Trailmeme didn't jump-out at me. After some exploration of the service, walking the history of coffee trail, walking the Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill Trail, and making my own short trail I started to see its potential in the classroom. Trailmeme could be useful for students to create a visual trail of their research. For the visual thinkers in your classroom the process of creating a "trail" could help those students think about how they are going to put a research paper together.

Here are some related items that may be of interest to you:
18 Formats for Visual Thinking in the Classroom
Seven Tools for Organizing Web Research
Nine Tools for Collaboratively Creating Mind Maps

Friday, August 6, 2010

Formats for Visual Thinking in the Classroom

18 Formats for Handmade Thinking in the Classroom is a presentation put together by Laurence Musgrove. In the presentation Musgrove takes the ideas from Dan Roam's Back of the Napkin books and applies them to the classroom. In his presentation Musgrove outlines eighteen ways that visual thinking and handmade sketches can be used in your teaching practice. Musgrove includes some examples of handmade sketches created by students. There are 100 slides in the slidedeck, but the deck didn't get interesting to me until slide seventeen when Musgrove jumps into the 18 formats for handmade thinking.
View the slides below.

Visit Laurence Musgrove's website, The Illustrated Professor for more examples of using handmade drawings as a reading response format.

If you're interested in having your students create free-hand sketches on their computers for later use in presentations, you may want to explore these five free online drawing tools.

Thursday, August 5, 2010

An Overview of the History of Visual Thinking

A couple of weeks ago I picked up Dan Roam's Unfolding the Napkin (affiliate link) which contains some great ideas for using pictures and visual thinking to identify and solve problems. I actually used some of his ideas while planning my Reform Symposium presentation on using backchannels in the classroom. This evening while exploring Roam's website I discovered a video of his SXSW presentation in which he gave an overview of the history of visual thinking and what visual thinking really means.

SXSW 2010: Dan Roam on Visual Thinking from Teehan+Lax on Vimeo.

Applications for Education
Roam works primarily with businesses, but the ideas he employs can be applied to planning and designing lessons and presentations for education. If you have a chance, I recommend borrowing one or both of his books from your local library.