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Looking into concept mapping
Jan 22nd, 2013 by H-Blog

I’d been asked by my Head Teacher to see what my network had to say about concept mapping. A few shouts on Twitter and some retweets from the pedagoo crew got me a pile of responses, so thanks to Kenny Pieper, Fearghal Kelly, Drew Burrett, Sinclair Mackenzie, Alan Stewart, Samantha Williams, Malcolm Wilson and Allan Reid for all their help.

So, what did I find?

A pile of stuff actually. On the free side, as well as being pointed towards bubbl.us which I have used before, I was also given links to FutureLabs exploratree and the quite interesting text2mindmap whilst Google suggested I take a look at Simple Mapper and I also stumbled across the Seeing Reason Tool from Intel.  Commercial resources mentioned included  SMART’s SMART Ideas, Mindomo, MindMeister and creately (most of which have free versions with limited functionality). Alan sent an address for a Livebinder which as well as having most of these links and a pile of others, also reminded me how useful LiveBinder could be.

So, job done then?

Sadly not. Over and above the resources themselves, I’d been hoping to find examples from people who are working with concept mapping already, and nobody seemed to have anything to share on this point. We’d also been quite hopeful of finding someone who might be able to deliver some training on the effective use of concept mapping, and whilst I had noticed that iansyst had a mention of concept mapping training on their site, I could find little else.

So, that’s where things stand just now. But I’ll keep looking and listening and see if I can find out anything else!      

 

Symmetry with letters
Sep 15th, 2011 by H-Blog

Quick blog post about a nice site I found today whilst working with some pupils on symmetry – we were finding some of the letters a bit tricky to work out, so I went looking for an online resource that would let us see exactly what we were doing. I  had a quick trawl through a few different sites, but Symmetry Artist suited us best, allowing us to change the axis of symmetry from horizontal to vertical and also to write in the parts of the letters we already had and see what happened. Below you can see us trying out the letter ‘M’!

We try out the letter 'M' with a vertical axis of symmetry

 

The site lets you selct x-axis or y-axis symmetry, diagonal symmetry (x=y or x=-y), symmetry about the origin or even up to 9-point rotational symmetry. You can choose from a variety of pens (including some exploding dots!), adjust the thickness of the line and choose the colour of the ink, allowing more creative types to be artistic as well as symmetrical. It  also allows you to choose whether to see the line of symmetry, to select either a circle or a square canvas, or to add a grid of dots to help illustrate your points. Very versatile.

The pupils really enjoyed it, and said it was a big help. Worth a look, definitely.

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