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Using Visuals: Mindmapping and Graphing


Google Maps: The go-to web tool for finding directions has a wide range of uses in the classroom.

Education and Google Maps: “With Google Maps, you and your students can become arm-chair explorers and cartographers with ease.”


National Geographic Maps: a large collection of maps including photography, satellite imagery, and topography.

Library of Congress’s Maps and Geography: “In addition to cartographers, geographers, and historians, the collection is heavily used by genealogists, preservationists, urban planners, ecologists, and scientists.”

Google Earth: “Take a virtual journey to any location in the world. Explore 3D buildings, imagery, and terrain.”

Google Earth Learn: Get students involved or create your own “tour.”

UTK Hodges Library Map Services: “ohn C. Hodges Library supports the needs of the university community by providing patrons with resources needed to expedite GIS use for teaching and research. Map Services is responsible for developing geospatial collections (both commercial and public domain) needed by our primary clientele.”



Thinkport: “A collection of pre-formatted graphic organizers that you can integrate into activities and lesson plans or use by themselves.”  “Easily create colorful mindmaps to print or share with others. Almost no learning curve.”

Mindmeister: “Free web-based collaborative mind mapping software for brainstorming and project management.”

Exploratree: “A free web resource where you can access a library of ready-made interactive thinking guides, print them, edit them or make your own. You can share them and work on them in groups too.”

SimpleMapper: “Concept maps, network diagrams, and workflows.”

Visual Mapping: A visual mapping how-to blog.

Graphic Facilitation: “Ideas, methods and tools for visual learners.”

Visual Understanding Environment (VUE):  “an Open Source project based at Tufts University. The VUE project is focused on creating flexible tools for managing and integrating digital resources in support of teaching, learning and research. VUE provides a flexible visual environment for structuring, presenting, and sharing digital information.”

Presentation Zen: “Garr Reynolds’ blog on issues related to professional presentation design.”

Viz Think 4 Concept Mapping: “Concept mapping helps meaningfully composite information.”

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