Learning Technologies

Mind-Map It Out.

To help process information it is always great to introduce a mind map as an effective learning tool.

A mind map is a diagram used to represent words, ideas, tasks, or other items linked to and arranged around a central key word or idea. Mind maps are used to generate, visualize, structure, and classify ideas, and as an aid in study, organization, problem solving, decision making, and writing. (c/o Wikipedia.org)

mindmap_2

(c) Mind Tools Ltd

There are a few online tools that best support the mind-mapping approach for learning. Lifehacker.com recently reviewed the Five Best Mind-Mapping Applications for online mapping action. These tools are FREE & very user-friendly.

These resources are quite useful for both learning and teaching. There are plenty of online mind-mapping resources to support visual learners which makes mapping information fun!

Map on, my friends. Map on.

Collaboration, Learning Community, Learning Technologies

C4LPT Resource Centre

Looking for ideas on how to best utilize technology for learning?  Then I would recommend that you check out Jane Hart’s website:

 C4LPT Resource Centre
Here you will find a collection of technologies, tools and learning trends emerging in education.  There are a many links, bookmarks and collaborations to provide any educator with ideas on their technology projects for learning.  I especially enjoy Jane’s Pick of the Day, which is updated consistently in her blog. This website is divided into two main elements:

  1. The Resource Centre
  2. The Social Learning Network

The best part of this resource is Hart’s interest in collaboration for learning technologies.  She wants recommendations from YOU for the Top Tools of 2009.  This database of information is regularly updated and contributions come from various educators using technology.

web 2.0

Web 2.0 Dictionary

Just when you think you are savvy to the ways of the web… a new tool or application is added.

web2-directory2

Every day a new web 2.0 tool is designed & released online.  For those of you interested in staying “in the know” with the most recent tools and applications, be sure to check out the Go2Web 2.0 – The Complete Directory of Web 2.0. As of Sunday, February 08, 2009 there are 2796 logos..and counting.  The 2.0 story never ends.