Mindomo – Mind Map Meets Prezi

As I was reading quite a few PDFs for my Intro to Educational Research class and I realized I needed to create a mind map to better understand the material:

Education Research Process

I’ve used other mind map tools, but this online tool has a presentation mode which gives it a Prezi feel.

It’s user-friendly and has short cut keys built in so that topics, subtopics, and floating topics can be quickly created.  There is also a tool that will connect two seemingly unrelated topics to show a relationship.

When creating a presentation from the mind map, there are tools that allows one to quickly and easily create “slides” that contain just the topics and subtopics you want displayed.

There were several template options along with tools that allows one to add notes, hyperlinks, attachments, images, videos, audio clips, icons, tasks, and comments.

Since this was my first attempt at using Mindomo, and there being  a lot of information to add to the mind map, I kept it very simple.  This mind-mapping tool can be used by both teachers and students, alike.

Some ways to use mind maps would be to generate ideas during a brainstorming session, organize information to make it easier to understand, and take notes in a way that can help to make richer connections and correlations around the material.

Animoto – Video Slideshow Maker

This was my first attempt at using Animoto at https://animoto.com.  I’m an executive and life coach and have recently been fascinated with natural remedies and created a video slideshow about the 10 Benefits of Castor Oil:

Animoto is user-friendly and has several templates to choose from along with music to play in the background of the video slideshow.  While there was an option to upload songs of my choosing, I could not find a way to create my own background template so I was limited to what the site had to offer.  I also had no control over the positioning of the pictures or text within each individual slide.

I was able to quickly learn how to create picture and text slides, edit the slides, change slide positions, duplicate any slides, and delete unwanted slides.

Once my video slideshow was finished, I had the options to publish it directly from the Animoto site, or to upload it to YouTube or other social sites such as Twitter and Facebook.  There was also an option to download the video slideshow into an MP4 version directly onto my computer.

Privacy settings were also available so that I could decide whether to allow comments or social sharing by viewers of my video from the Animoto site.

Animoto does require an upgrade in order to remove their watermark from the created slideshow, which I did not do.

This web tool should be part of any multimedia tool kit and there is also an iOS app for the iPhone or iPad.  Video slideshows are a great way for teachers to share information and are reusable.  I believe students can easily grasp how to use this tool to create their own video slideshows to demonstrate what they have learned in the classroom.