This is my new collection of the technologies that we are learning about in PROF504. It contains instructions on how to use and install the programs as well as my reflections on their use. While I know I am publishing this book to the web now, I hope to continue to add to it so that I have all of the technologies on hand for when I need to reference them.
Mindomo is an easy-to-use online mind-mapping tool that is accessible through the web.
How to Use
1. Go to Google Drive
2. Click "New" and scroll to "More"
3. Click "connect more apps"
4. Search for Mindomo and press "Install"
5. Choose the Google account that you want Mindomo to be associated with.
6. Whenever you want to make a new Mindomo, complete steps 1 and 2.
Creating mind-maps - Organizing ideas - Showing their understanding - Connects to Google Chrome - Sharing capabilities - Good for students with dysgraphia
I think using a mind-map tool such as this is very useful for a classroom when doing any activity that requires making connections, showing their thinking, or explaining difficult concepts. I especially see how this program could benefit students with dysgraphia who have a hard time putting thoughts onto physical paper. The fact that you can easily type all of your answers makes it accessible for students like this who need to express themselves through typing. Many of the main functions can also be accessed through keyboard shortcuts or a simple click of the mouse which also makes it easier for those who struggle with fine motor movements. I did find some parts of the specific application irritating such as not being able to change the colour of the lines or not being able to drag the bubbles around the screen at random. It also did take me a bit to figure out how some of the functions worked. However, overall I think that if students are given the proper time to play with and discover the application before completing an assignment they will be able to master it quickly.
Thinking towards a real classroom application I'm curious to know how this program would work on an iPad and things are often more readily available to students in the schools in my area in comparison to what I'm also curious to know how the sharing option would work through a school account would you be able to edit together in real time this way the students could be broken up into small groups with each group working on a different section of the same map of the same time so that when the activities done you have one Master Copy to refer to. Regardless, I like that the sharing option also provides you with an opportunity to put the students work on to the Smartboard during full class discussions.
Serves All ⏰ Installation time: 5 mins
Google Read&Write is a Chrome extension that acts as an accessibility tool for students and can be used with web pages, docs, etc.
How to Install/Use
1. Go to Google Web Store
2. Search for Read&Write
3. Install as an extension.
4. Whenever you want to use the function, click on the puzzle piece symbol in the top right corner of your browser. This will show a toolbar containing various tools (only if rw is compatible with the page you are on).
Text to Speech - Speech to Text - Predictive Text - Talking and Picture Dictionaries - Web Search - Translator - Screenshot Reader - Highlighters - Voice Notes