I tend to receive a far amount of tweets from a few key educators and educational institutions that have saved me the time scouring the web looking for the next great tech gadget, program, app, etc! It has been pretty cool seeing what is out there all thanks to retweets. You go twitter!!!
One such interesting program that I have just discovered is Creately which allows you to create all kinds of charts with pretty cool graphics, text boxes, linking, etc. It is similar to the app on the Ipad called Popplet (which I am not a huge fan of because I see it as far more limited unless you spend the money to have the upgraded version. But then you still don’t have as many options as this).
In the short time I was playing around with it, I came up with a quick chart about the first social studies unit we do in Grade 7 –
Now, in my opinion the benefits of this program are endless in the classroom. Students in groups can make one big presentation and you can easily save them (unlike Popplet) and there seems to be many more graphics and options unlike Popplet. As a teacher this is a quick and easy way to engage students and incorporate the technology aspect we are always searching for (and work in that Common Core too!!!)
It also seems to be very easy to work with, and I do believe upper elementary students can easily move through the program. Of course, if you upgrade you have even more options. Additionally you can use it online and offline. However, it still does not have the one thing that I have been searching for (unless I missed it) which is the app/software/interent program which allows you to move between computers, tablets and the internet. 😦