Mindomo.com – http://www.mindomo.com/edu/index.htm
According to the Mindomo website, this is a great tool that can move our students into 21st Century Learning. “21st century educators and learners need to be properly equipped to face the challenges of information overload with mind mapping. This powerful educational tool helps students to develop into an effective critical thinker, a creative problem solver and a collaborative learner.” Ideally this is what we would like to accomplish with the move to Common Core State Standards.
Students can access the site for free to create mind maps, complete tasks assigned by the teacher and respond to others. This is a great tool for kinesthetic, tactile, and visual learners to understand and learn new concepts, identify key concepts easily, evaluate concepts and ideas, and improve problem solving.
The only cons I see are the mind-mapping part can be a bit frustrating at first. The students will need this modeled by the teacher.
This web 2.0 tool could be used in the ELA block to combine reading and writing. It could also be used to support close-reading modules.
Below is a link to a sample project I created.
View entire project: http://www.mindomo.com/projects-4772/tasks