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Who developed Mindmeister?

Founder

        MindmeisterLabs GmbH 

Year Established

                        2007

Place Established

                    Germany

Website

        www.mindmeister.com

Phone

           +49 (0)89 1213 5359 

Twitter

http://twitter.com/#!/mindmeister|http://twitter.com/#!/mindmeister


Mindmeister is a fairly new website. In fact, it just celebrated its 4th birthday on February 26, 2011! It also won the Best User Centered Design Company of the Year 2007 award by Hasso Plattner Ventures. "The jury seemed to think that MindMeister had an "outstandingly intuitive and accessible user interface combined with a well thought-out feature set."  You can read more about this award by visiting this site: http://blog.mindmeister.com/2007/07/02/mindmeister-wins-best-user-centered-design-award/.

About the Company: 

 

*MeisterLabs*, the company behind MindMeister, develops and provides highly usable web-based software tools. They have embraced the concepts of Web 2.0 - simplicity, usability and collaboration - to provide new and revolutionary ways of working together in anincreasingly global and connected environment.

Creating Mindmeister 

 The two founders Michael Hollauf and Till Vollmer set out to create an new kind of mind mapping application, one that leverages the benefits of visual thinking and combines them with the new "SaaS" delivery paradigm (SaaS stands for Software as a Service). Once your productivity application is in the cloud you are not bound anymore to your desktop computer, you can support real-time collaboration and be open to other web services. MeisterLabs' vision is to capitalize on the power of visual thinking and cloud computing to support creativity and innovation across businesses and academic organizations.

MeisterLabs is incorporated in Munich, Germany with offices in Vienna, Austria and a development center in Cluj, Romania. MeisterLabs operates globally through a number of partners in various geographic locations.



What is Mindmeister (what does it do)?

Mindmeister is a program that takes brainstorming to a whole new level.  It allows the user to brainstorm ideas in an organized structure called a mind map, and can be used by professionals, teachers and students alike.  Mindmeister is a great way to organize thoughts and initiate planning processes. The program works similarly to concept mapping, allowing you to branch and connect various ideas to one another.

 From Mindmeister: "MindMeister brings the concept of mind mapping to the web, using its facilities for real-time collaboration to allow truly global brainstorming sessions. Users can create, manage and share mind maps online and access them anytime, from anywhere. In brainstorming mode, fellow MindMeisters from around the world (or just in different rooms) can simultaneously work on the same mind map and see each other's changes as they happen."

Some Benefits of Using Mindmeister [2]

  • Real-time Brainstorming: Simultaneously work with colleagues on the same map and see changes as they happen.
  • Easy to use-- no training required: Guaranteed by our award-winning interface and simple, well-designed functions.
  • Highest Security Standards: 256 bit data encryption, secure data center hosting, no administrator access.
  • Mobile Access: MindMeister mobile, our iPhone application, provides access to your online mind maps whereever you are. You can create new ones, edit them and sync them with the server. Through our unique user interface you have both the comfort of an iPhone application and the familiar interface of MindMeister
  • Open Standards and APIs: MindMeister is based on open source software. It's REST-based API allows for easy integration into other applications.
  • Access Anytime, Anywhere: Maps are stored securely online - no attachment mailing or version conflict.
  • Cost-efficient and easy to deploy: No need for local installation or upgrades,no maintenance or compatibility issues.
  • Offline Capability: The MindMeister Offline Mode allows users to work on their mind maps even when they're offline, i.e. not connected to the Internet. All changes will be saved locally and synchronized back into your MindMeister account the next time you go online. MindMeister's offline mode leverages Google Gears (Premium feature).
  • Full Audit Trail: We store the entire change history of a mind map as separate revisions, or version. You can revert to a particular prior revision and watch all changes since any revision of your mind map by using the History View.

What People Have to Say

"At first glance, MindMeister looks very promising - certainly the best of the three web-based mind mapping applications I've seen so far." Chuck Frey

"If you haven't tried mind mapping yet, MindMeister is a great place to start. MindMeister offers features only a web-based tool can." Lifehacker

"It is rare that I come across a well-rounded productivity tool. The aesthetic quality of the application is just pure candy for the eye. Kudos to the design team who worked on it." FarFromFearLess

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How does it work? Briefly, what does one have to do to start using it?

MindMeister's online mind-mapping software is designed to easily organize all levels of thought and action [4]. All you need is a browser and a MindMeister account and you can start mind mapping!
You can choose from:

Basic Account

FREE

Up to 3 mind maps, and most of the other features, such as; importing, exporting, and publishing.

Pro Edition

$9.99/user/month

Adds unlimited mind maps, SSL encryption, exporting to MMAP, adding file attachments to topics, and the ability to work on maps offline. Free 30-day trial.

Business Account

$14.99/user/month

Allows you to share ideas within your entire company, department or team. You can manage tasks and priorities, take meeting notes, prepare projects, and generally become more innovative than your competitors. Free 30-day trial.

Personal  Account

$4.99/year

Allows you to kit out your entire school or university with collaborative mind mapping. Proven to foster creativity and innovation in the classroom. Free trials and  discounts of up to 90%.

Mobile Application

$7.99

Allows user to use Mindmeister from their iPhone, Android or Windows phone.

MindMeister's basic account is free and has all of the features that a teacher or student would ever need. With the free account users can collaborate with others, share via email or embedding, and download or export files. One of the features that is really attractive in an educational sense is the ability to add active links to websites. This feature is great for students trying to organize their thoughts for a research paper, for example. The creation and editing aspects of Mindmeister are easy and intuitive. To add a new topic or "idea box" you simply click the green "add" button, or press Insert on your keyboard. To remove an item simply click the "delete" button. Organizing the items with Mindmeister is a simple matter of dragging them into position. Changing the size and type of text is as straight-forward as in a word processor.


Once you have created your account you can get started right away. After signing in, you are redirected to the My Maps view.

 Click the   !help_button_create.gif! button to do exactly that.

1.Type a caption for the root node - this will also become the name of your mind map. Press ENTER.

2.Click the  button to add your first idea, or press INSERT.

3.Now type the caption for the idea. Press SHIFT+ENTER to insert new lines, or ENTER to commit.

4.Don't worry about saving your map, all changes will be saved automatically!

Working on a map should feel pretty intuitive, but they offer a great help index if you become lost or confused.


There are also helpful how-to guides such as:

 http://flash.screeniac.com/mindmeister/mindmeister.html?TB_iframe=true&height=590&width=1050


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How is Mindmeister related to other applications?

Are there other Tools Like it?

As cutting edge, new technology emerges in the field of mindmapping, there are numerous other tools that can be utilized in similar ways. Some of these applications include Mindjet MindManager, XMind, Freemind, and imindmap. Although all of these applications are extremely similar, they all have positives and negatives. In relation to other mind-mapping tools, Mindmeister is considered the most simplistic and easy to use. According to the mindmeister official website, Mindmeister was voted in the top five of all mind mapping sites. Of the top five, all of them work very similarly. Because they all have the import/export feature, all of them are interchangeable and using one with another is a very real possibility.

A poll was taken by LifeHacker on July 14th, 2008 about the different softwares and the results are displayed in the table below.[10]

   

Application Name

Percentage of people
 who preferred each
       application

Number of Total Votes

MindManager

25%

878

XMind

20%

715

MindMeister

11%

401

FreeMind

27%

938

iMindMap

4%

136

Other

13%

442

How can it be used with other Applications?

Of these sites, the one that can be used in conjunction with Mindmeister is Freemind. Freemind is an offline program and can be used on the go because it is a program on the desktop. No internet connection is needed. This is extremely useful and relevant to the use of Mindmeister because it is strictly an online application. Through Freemind, maps can be created and then imported into the Mindmeister program when the internet is available. The ability to edit offline is possible through Mindmeister, but in order to do so, you must upgrade to a premium account. This also allows you to export your maps to other popular software tools such as MindManager.

In addition, MindMeister allows you to embed the maps into other pages, such as a blog or website. 

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What are Mindmeister's unique features?

Mind mapping is a very common planning technique with applications across all business sectors and industries. It is used by individuals, corporate teams, students and teachers alike for various purposes. Here are some common wayes in wich Mindmeister is used:

For Businesses
  • Manage meetings efficiently: Save time preparing and conducting business meetings with mind maps and maintain an up-to-date database of approved meeting minutes.
  • Outperform in account planning: Manage your most important clients in account maps that give your entire team a bird's eye view of the status of each deal.
  • Know your competition: Find out weaknesses of your opponents in business by conducting cutting-edge competitive analysis using collaborative SWOT mind maps.
  • Plan projects the easy way: Collect and structure input from project partners, define milestones and assign tasks before exporting your map to a complex PM suite.
 For Students and Educators
  • Prepare lectures, take notes: Whether you're preparing a lecture as a teacher or consuming it as student, using mind maps will keep you structured and focused.
  • Brainstorm in projects: Exchange ideas and manage tasks easily over the internet in collaborative student projects, no matter where your peers are.

Students learning English as a second language would benefit from this as well.  They could plan out their papers using Mindmeister, and it provides an efficient way for teachers to monitor their progress.  For more information, visit this website: http://eslteachers.wikispaces.com/Process+Writing.

 If students are working on a project together, they can work on mind maps simultaneously by using the Real Time Collaboration feature.  It works like instant messaging.  When one user makes a change, it instantly shows up on the other user's screen.  He or she is able to see exactly what the other has changed.  This would also be useful for international business associates who cannot easily meet up to discuss their ideas.

 For Individuals
  • Get things done: Map out the goals of your day, your week or your entire life, set personal todo's and let our task notification mechanisms remind you every day, until you finally achieve them.
  • Plan your next holiday: One of the favourite applications of mind mapping, vacation planning requires careful thought, structure and timely input from everyone involved - where better than in a shared mind map?

As mentioned previously, MindMeister has some limitations due to its basic nature. Connecting concepts from different nodes is complex, and the linking lines do not allow for text on them. 


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How to Use Mindmeister

Choose your Team!

When you land on mindmeister.com, you must decide to register as individual, business or academic.  These three options gives the user the ability to adapt the program so it fits their specific needs.  Once you have activated your account, you can begin creating your own unique mind maps.   Here is an example of what a mind map looks like:



Creating a new Mind Map

 Once you have activated your account and have landed on the homepage, the first thing you need to do is click on create a mind map, as seen below:

    



Editing a Mind Map

Once you have created a mind map, you will be taken to a blank canvas.  There are two different tool bars available for editing: one on the far right and one on the top. The tool bar on the right is for styling your mind map.  It contains text editing, icons, notes and a navigator.  The navigator gives the user the ability to zoom in or out on a particular area of the mind map for more precise editing.  





Exporting/Importing a Mind Map

You are also able to export a mind map (useful for working on a mind map offline, or to take it through another program).  Inversely, you can also import (or upload) a map that you have in an appropriate format saved to your computer.

                                                                                                             

Handy Hint

With mindmeister, you can save your map in a variety of formats, so you can use it on blogs, facebook, powerpoint, and numerous other applications!





Sharing and Browsing Mind Maps

Sharing your mind map is very simple.  At the bottom of the map there is a button that says: Share.  Click on that button, and your mind map is available for other mindmeister users to view your map.  If you would like to look at other maps, you click on the browse button on your home page.  It is located at the top of your screen.

 

 


Need Help?

MindMeister has an extensive help menu that answers any possible questions you have with the software. It includes screenshots of anything that you might need help with, account help, and how to use with other applications.

This can be found at http://www.mindmeister.com/help#en

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Mindmeister Tools

Mindmeister Tools is a way to enhance your map with different applications.  These tools are available with the premium service.  There are six different tool applications:

Tool Name

Tool Description

Mindmeister Offline Mode

In this mode, you can work on your maps while you are not connected to the internet.  This gives the you more freedom to work on maps from any location.

Geistesblitz Gadgets

This tool allows you to add ideas without having to log on to the internet, using Mac Dashboard, Windows Sidebar,or Yahoo! Widgets Desktop.  Therefore, you will never lose track of a thought again!

Geistesblitz Browser Extensions

Add this to your Internet Explorer or Firefox browser, and it will appear just like a search in your toolbar.  It will allow you to access Mindmeister at an instant, so there is no fooling with new windows or tabs, this application does it all for you!

Geistesblitz Email& SMS

Don't wait til you get home to write down your thoughts, when you can access your mindmap from anywhere. Geistesblitz email gives you the ability to upload ideas whereever you may think of them.  This tool is compatable with blackberry, Iphone, and many other mobile devices.

Mindmeister API

Have your own idea for an application that could be used with Mindmeister? This tool will allow you to adapt your application to be compatible with Mindmeister.    It is available for non-commercial users, and was inspired by FlickerAPI and Remember the Milk! API.  You can review the documentation at mindmeister.com, sign up for an account and then apply for an API.

Mindmeister iPhone Application

This application allows one to access their online Mindmeister Account while on the go from ones iPhone or iPod touch. From there they can edit and share their mindmaps as well as fire off geistblitzes while on the go. The cost of this app, which is available on the iTunes App Store, is $6.99. There is a free Geistblitz app for the iPhone and iPod touch also available from the iTunes App Store that is included within the full Mindmeister application.

 





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Sample lesson plans integrating Mindmeister

In this section there are several different lesson plans for elementary, secondary and post-secondary schooling.  Each contains a way to use MindMeister in the classroom to enhance the learning experience. Each complete lesson plan is linked below the summary of its contents.  

1) Elementary


Kindergarten

Shapes and Colors

Overview

Students will learn how to identify different colors and create patterns.

Objectives

-Students will learn the basic colors of red, orange, blue, green, yellow and purple
-Students will place these colors in simple patterns of 3

Standards

-Mathematics K.3
-Mathematics K.4
-Science K.5
-Fine Arts K.7

Materials

-Construction Paper
Scissors for each student
-Glue for each student
-Small Styrofoam cup for each student
-White piece of construction paper for each student
-A pen

Procedure

1.     Have each student come to the front table one at a time and pick from three
different colors of construction paper. They should also retrieve their Styrofoam cup.
2.     Have the students pick up a white piece of construction paper as well.
They should have a pair of scissors and a glue stick with them at their seat.
3.     Have the students take their materials back to their desk.
4.      Tell them to trace the top of the Styrofoam cup on their paper 5 times.
5.     Repeat step 4 with all the different colors of construction paper. (They should have
 a total of 15 circles, 5 from each of the 3 different colored pieces of construction paper.)
6.     Use the scissors to cut out all the 15 different colored circles they have just traced.
7.     Throw the extra pieces of scrap construction paper away.
8.     Glue the 15 circles on the white piece of paper in a pattern. Make sure to tell the students to keep the pattern the same and that their pattern will look differently from the other students around them.
9. Students will then use a mindmeister mind map to record data about each color.  The
students will label each color and then think of objects that are each specific color. The
teacher will assess the mind maps to make sure each object is the appropriate color.

Evaluation

A worksheet of colors will be handed out and each student will be grades on the correct classification of each color.

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Grade 3 Science

The Planets of our Solar System

Overview:

In this lesson, students will be introduced to the nine planets in our solar system--  their order, size, and characteristics. They will then apply their newly gained knowledge by creating a flowchart which lists each planet, along with several characteristics.

Objectives:

After learning about the planets in our solar system, students will create a flowchart in which they will correctly identify at least three characteristics for each of the nine planets.

Standards:

3.6.3

Materials:

Four visual sets of planets cut out of different colored construction paper
Index cards with key characteristics of each planet
Handout of Solar System Supper Ingredients
Peppercorn
Green Peas
Mushroom
Orange
Walnut
Cherry tomato
Grapefruit
Cabbage
Lettuce
Computer with access to Mindmeister
Print out of Mindmeister mind maps
Children's Space Atlas

Procedure:

1.       What is the order of the planets in our solar system? Ask students to arrange in order. Correct order is: Mercury, Venus, Earth, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune, Pluto.
2.       Name key characteristics of each planet and how the sizes the planets compare to each other.
-          Earth- only planet to support life as we know it, third planet from the Sun, made of rock and surrounded by a layer of gas called and atmosphere.
-          Jupiter- largest planet, has Great Red Spot, has twice as much mass as all other planets put together.
-          Mars- the red planet, most like the Earth, has two moons called Deimos and Phobos.
-          Mercury- closest to the Sun, has craters, has no atmosphere.
-          Neptune- has an icy moon called Triton, bluish in color, great gas ball.
-          Pluto- smallest planet, last to be discovered, has moon called Charon.
-          Saturn- has thousands of rings and most satellites, second largest planet.
-          Uranus- spins on a nearly horizontal axis, made of gas and liquid gas, tipped on its side when it travels.
-          Venus-atmosphere of hot, swirling clouds of carbon dioxide, called the Evening Star
3.       Solar System Scale Model (Solar System Supper)- Discuss the order of the planets from the sun. Introduce food items in the solar system supper handout and talk about the size differences of the planets. Demonstrate the size of the planets with the ingredients in the solar system supper. Let students predict what food item will represent each planet. Ingredients are as follows: Pluto- peppercorn, Mercury- green pea, Mars- mushroom, Venus- walnut, earth- cherry tomato, Neptune- orange, Uranus- grapefruit, Saturn- cabbage, Jupiter- lettuce
4.       Review:
How many planets are there in the solar system? What are their names? Students will then list planets on the chalkboard. Students will then complete a word search worksheet to get more familiar with the names of the nine planets.
5.       In 4 groups of 5, students will be given a set of construction paper planets with the names written on them. Then they will be asked to put the planets in order from the closest to the sun, out.
6.       Students will get back in groups and will be given two cards with key characteristics of two planets. They will try to figure out what two planets that they have. As a class, discuss the correct answers.

Evaluation:

Using the web application, Minmeister, students will create a flow chart which correctly lists each of the nine planets in order, along with at least three characteristics for each.

Resources:

Adapted from:
http://www.eduref.org/cgi-bin/printlessons.cgi/Virtual/Lessons/Science/Space_Sciences/SPA0026.html

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Grade 3 Science

Mini Ecosystems


Overview

To teach students to record observations in a mind map of different mini ecosystems throughout the classroom

Standards

  • The nature of Science & Technology 3.1
  • Scientific Thinking 3.2
  • Physical Setting 3.3
  • Living Environment 3.4

Objective

1.  Observe different ecosystems throughout the classroom 
2. record observations in the mindmeister website 
3.  Review other students observations through sharing maps in mindmeister

Materials

Glass jars
Pencils
Paper (notebook)
Computer with internet access
Soil and/or pond water
Various plants/insects

Procedure

  1. Students walk around the classroom looking at the different jars
  2. record initial observations within each environment
  3. record differences between different jars
  4. apply their initial ideas onto a mindmeister account already set up by the teacher---this can be done with the help of the teacher/aides/assistants
  5. Share their maps and look at other students maps---again with the help of teachers/aides/assistants

Evaluation

Students will be evaluated on how well they created their mind maps and how much information they incorporated into their mind maps.


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Overview

Students will used Mindmeister to graph different times of dinosaurs existence

Objective

Understand the different time periods dinosaurs existed

Standards

History 7.3
Science 7.8

Materials/Resources

Computer
Construction paper
Markers

Procedure

Students use Mindmeister to organize 5 dinosaurs for every period of their existence. Students will them use the mind meister to create a physical representation that will be presented for class. They will perform research on the different time periods of dinosaurs.

Evaluation

Students will be asked what the typical characteristics of the different time periods are and will be expected to explain the differences.

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2) Secondary

6th Grade Social Studies

Lesson: The World

Purpose

To teach students about the continents and how to record their research in a mind map

Standards

  • Places and Regions 6.3.3
  • Places and Regions 6.3.4

Objectives

  • Students will match up cities with countries and countries with continents with 90% accuracy.
  • Students will identify major flora and fauna of each continent with 90% accuracy.
  • Students will identify climate patterns and geography of each continent with 90% accuracy.

Materials

  • Pencils
  • Paper
  • Computers with internet access
  • Globe

Procedures

  1. The class should be divided into five groups.  Each group will be assigned a continent (North America, South America, Europe, Asia, or Africa).  The teacher will provide necessary information about Australia and Antarctica.
  2. Within each group, the students will conduct research on major countries of their assigned continent, major cities, major flora and fauna, climate patterns, and geography.
  3. Students will record their information on a collaborative mind map using MindMeister.  The teacher will check this information to make sure it is correct before continuing on to the next step.  Students should be informed of any corrections they need to make.
  4. Once the mind map is complete, students will be asked to look at the information other groups gathered so that they will be able to answer questions about the material.

Evaluation

Students will be asked a series of questions revolving around the information gathered for the mind map.

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US History

The Rise of an American Empire as seen through Political Cartoons

Overview

Students will learn about early 20th century US imperialism by studying political cartoons of the era.

Objective

-Students will be able to critically analyze editorial cartoons, the obvious message as well as the more subliminal undertones.
-This will also give a better understanding of the sentiments in the US about colonialism as well as those we were colonizing.

Standard

USH 3.1

Materials

The cartoons borrowed from the book Latin America in Caricature by John J Johnson.

Procedure

Students will examine the cartoons presented to them.
Next, the students will answer a worksheet question about each picture, the questions are designed to influence a critical analysis of the material.
Finally, the students will take part in a guided discussion about how the viewed the pictures and how it ties into US sentiments about its newfound imperialism.

Evaluation

The worksheet will be graded, as well as the points brought up in the guided discussion.

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Anatomy & Physiology

Body Systems

Overview

Students will learn about the different systems of the body using mind maps

Objective

-Students create a mind map of a particular system of the body (nervous, endocrine, skeletal, cardiovascular, lymphatic, respiratory, digestive)

Standard

AP 1, 3, 4, 6, 9, 11 and 12

Materials

Access to the library
Computer with internet connection
Anatomy & Physiology textbook

Procedure

-Students will be assigned a system of the body
-Each student will be required to do research on their system to learn the major parts and their functions
-the center bubble in the mind map will be titled with the system
-Additional bubbles in the mind map will be for the different parts
   -Off of the different parts should be bubbles that indicate the basics to how each part works

Evaluation

Students will be evaluated to see if the major parts and their functions are included in the mind map.

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Literature

Famous Writers

Overview

Students will learn about classic writers who influenced modern writing

Objective

-Students will research several different writers, organize each writer into literature, poetry, drama, etc
-Each mind map will have branches with such things as writing style and biographical information
-Students are required to read a selection from one of the writers, and do a small write up on the analysis of that selection---this will be given to them by the teacher
-Students are required to research at least 4 different writers---one will be given to them by the teacher

Standard

LIT 1.3, 3.1

Materials

Access to the library
Computer with internet connection
Paper
Writing utensil

Procedure

-Students will do outside research and pick 4 different writers.
- Each writer needs to have its own bubble in the mind map
-attached to each bubble should have a branch with basic biographical information
-Another bubble must be for the type of writing (literature, drama, non-fiction, poetry, etc).
      -a sub-bubble should include if their writing was satirical, ironic, comedy, tragedy, etc
-Each student will read and analyze the selection given to them and turn in a one-page essay on its meaning


Evaluation

The mind map will be evaluated based on the amount of research.  The paper will be graded on the ability to logically complete an analysis of the writer's selection.

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Physics

Physical Connections

Overview

Your students will gain a better understanding of the connection of ideas and concepts in physics by their work classifying different formulas and concepts together in Mindmeister.

Objective

Students will understand the differences as well as the connections between Kinematics and Energy in the study of Physics. When given a blank sheet of white paper and a list of the terms, students should be able to recall the exercise and place the terms in the proper locations with 80% accuracy.

Materials

  • Students Textbooks
  • List of Terms
  • Computer
  • Internet

Evaluation

A quiz should be given to the students the day after the activity.

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Biology

Bacteria

Objective

  • Bacteria are Prokaryotic, have cell walls and non-membrane bound organelles
  • Bacteria get energy different ways (photoautotroph, chemoautotroph, heterotrophs)
  • Bacteria reproduce in 2 ways: fission and conjugation
  • Not all bacteria are bad
  • Some bacteria have Plasmids

Core Standards

3: Cellular Structure
         Comparison between prokaryotic and eukaryotic properties
6: Interdependence
         Bacteria cannot survive for long without a host
7: Molecular basis of heredity
         Bacteria transferring genetic information in conjugation
9: Changes in living systems

Materials

  • Http://Learn.genetics.utah.edu/content/begin/cells/scale/
  • Coloring Worksheet
  • Questions on overheads
  • Http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TBmyG7XDI8w

Procedure

1. Some bacteria have Plasmids Students are asked a series of questions: 

  • What are Bacteria?
  • How big are bacteria?
  • How do bacteria infect?
  • How do bacteria make their food?2.   Students view the scale website and video on usefulness of bacteria

Activities

  • Students are shown the Mindmeister website and are instructed to make connections between the facts they have learned about bacteria
  • Complete the R/S strain bacteria coloring sheet with attached questions.

Evaluation

Grading the quality of their MindMeister flowchart

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Earth Science

Tornado Pressure Lesson, Grades 6-8

Overview

The purpose of this lesson plan is to let the students learn and see how intense tornadoes pressure can be.

Objectives

The students will be able to work with different objects, and group members to get a feel of how intense tornadoes can be, causing us to take safety when we have a real tornado.

Materials

Each group will need the following materials:

  • Glass bottle with a long, narrow neck (an apple cider jug works well)
  • Hard-boiled egg
  • Matches
  • Paper

Procedure

  1. Have the students watch a video on YouTube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_JBOX116Pzw to understand what is being asked of them, and how to do the experiment.
  2. Get all the materials needed for the students, having them already placed on their desks. All materials being (bottle, egg, and paper)
  3. Have the students peel their hard-boiled egg.
  4. The teacher will be the only person working with the matches, going around to each group and lighting, and dropping the paper into the bottle for them.
  5. Students quickly drop the egg into the jar.
  6. Observe what happens to the egg and flame.
  7. Have the students then turn the bottle upside down and see how the egg does not want to come out of the bottle.
  8. Have the students shake as much of the paper as they can out of the bottle.
  9. Have students blow quickly into bottle and watch egg fall out.
  10. Clean up all materials
  11. Have the students log into Mindmeister website and make a graph of the steps they took to perform this experiment.
  12. Print off  their Mindmeister graph.

Evaluation

The teacher can evaluate the students by the way they worked as a group to perform this experiment. The students will also be graded on their graph they made and printed off on Mindmeister to show the steps they took.

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3) Post Secondary

Design and Analysis

Re-constructing a Website


Overview

Students will be asked to brainstorm the project using mindmeister mind maps.

This project is for students to brainstorm about creating a new wiki webpage from an already exisiting website.

Objective

  1. Researching the existing website
  2. Applying the research to a formatted webpage
  3. Designing the webpage
  4. Creating a presentation over the newly created webpage

Materials

  • Computer and Internet access
  • Mindmeister account

Procedure





  1. Set up individual mindmeister account
  2. Review the Help section of mindmeister to see how it is used
  3. Become familiar with all the different tabs within mindmeister
  4. Create a new mind map, with the title of the project
  5. Have students create different tabs that need to be done to complete the project (i.e.: design, research, project manager, etc)
  6. Have students flesh out ideas that need to be accomplished in each area of the tabs

Evaluation

Students will be evaluated on how well they created their mind maps and how much information they incorporated into their mind maps.

 

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World Religions

Researching a World Religion

Overview

Students will learn about a religion through research , put on a presentation to the entire class and write a 5-page paper

Objective

-Students will learn a religion that is practiced in the modern world
-Students will use mind maps to put together a presentation for the entire class

Materials

Access to the library
Computer with internet access

Procedure

-The class will be divided into a groups of 4
-Each group will be assigned a religion
-Extensive research on the religion outside of class must be done by each member of the group
-Students will put together a brainstorming mind map on mindmeister.com to set down the basics to their presentation
    -the mind map must be emailed to the professor/teaching assistant, reviewed  
       and approved before the presentation
-Students will do a 15 minute presentation on their religion
-Students will also turn in a 5 page paper on the research they conducted



Evaluation

-Students will be evaluated on the quality of the presentation and how extensively they researched their religion
-peer evaluations
-mind maps will be evaluated based on the amount of information and its cohesiveness 
-papers will be graded on grammar, clarity, research and the flow of the material

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College Composition

Brainstorming a Comparative Essay

Purpose

To teach students how to brainstorm for a college level comparative essay

Objectives

  • Students will choose a topic of interest to write on
  • Students will research their topic
  • Students will create a mind map to brainstorm their comparative essay

Materials

  • Pencils
  • Paper
  • Computers with internet access
  • Library access

Procedures

  1. Students are required to pick a topic in the form of a question (argument) and have it approved by the professor. 
  2. Extensive research on the question must be completed before brainstorming.  Research must be done in a compare/contrast manner.
  3. Students will access Mindmeister and create a new mind map
  4. The middle bubble will be the question
  5. All subsequent bubbles must be the various types of research done for the topic.  It should must include references and both sides of the argument as well as a thesis statement.

Evaluation

Students will be evaluated  on how much information is included in the mind map, and how well they thoroughly researched both sides of the argument.

 

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Using Mindmeister to plan and organize in the classroom or workplace

Teachers/Business associates can use Mindmeister as a way to plan their classrooms or projects. Below are several examples of mindmaps for a variety of different situations:

1) Elementary

1) Secondary

1) Post-secondary

4) Business/Industry

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What is Mindmeister's potential educational value?

Mindmeister can be applied in a variety of online contexts. 

The website http://blog.mindmeister.com offers several video demonstrations of MindMeister's applications.  
For example, one video demonstrates how Mindmeister can be used to link together two different systems. Mindmeister is able to engage school-aged children by linking with applications that appeal to them, such as YouTube and Facebook. Facebook in particular is able to expand Mindmeister's educational potential by connecting people with their peers and allowing them to easily share information and ideas. Facebook's Mindmeister application allows the user to post information about a particular topic and also share personal information in a systematic way.

The Future of Mindmeister

The newest move that Mindmeister has taken is to allow its users access to update their map even when they are not in front of their computer[7]. 

Mindmeister has recently acquired an iPhone application

Mindmeister had to say this, "Our ultimate goal is to provide our users with an exceptional mind mapping experience wherever they are and whatever device they use, and... iPhone app is a big step towards achieving that goal."

The business side of Mindmeister can be seen through the following link.

The link is:http://www.usnews.com/articles/business/small-business-entrepreneurs/2009/03/03/special-report-innovate-in-a-recession.html.   


Mindmeister is used in this article to show that it can be helpful to the business world in the following ways:

1. Mindmeister can be an invaluable resource in linking companies and providing a medium through which to share information that is organized and easy to follow.  It can be used for brainstorming or for manipulating ideas that are not set in stone.  Mindmeister can help us view information and decipher which is important and which is superfluous.  The entrepreneurswebsite shows how IT company IBM uses the resources of Mindmeister. 

"We believe that if we pool our wisdom, we'll end up with better results," Bevan says."This is where Mindmeister comes into play." Mindmeister allows IBM to pool their knowledge from various departments and sections of the company to come up with the best possible solution.

2. Although barely two years old, Mindmeister is already being used by many people on a day-to-day basis to arrange and present ideas in personal, educational and corporate contexts.  Because it allows information to be organized, viewed and shared in a systematic way, Mindmeister should prove to be of increasing value to teachers and students as they further explore its potential in the years to come.

Web 2.0 teems with tools for tapping the wisdom of crowds.

Such as:

Collaborative brainstorming & Mind-mapping:


  

www.brainreactions.net            www.mindmeister.com                   www.bubbl.us                www.mindjet.com              www.shareyourbrain.com.

 
Emergent trends in business culture:



 www.springwise.com     www.trendwatching.com     www.iconoculture.com   www.psfk.com


How can Mindmeister be used on an international level?

Mindmeister is a great tool that can used all over the world.  One of Mindmeister's main strengths is its collaboration function. It enables businesses with multiple locations throughout the world to work on one project.  To this end Mindmeister offers Team Edition, an upgraded version of Mindmeister geared specifically toward businesses with many partners collaborating on a project.  The Team Edition upgrade includes the following special features :

  • Team Administration Interface: Manage team members, assign and add licenses, as well as maintain team-specific settings
  • Pre-populated friends lists: Enable members to quickly share maps within the group
  • Custom domains and login screens: Branded access for your teams at teamname.mindmeister.com

Once a business has signed up for the upgrade, the team administrator must choose a team name and a licensing package.  Members of the team can access the My Team menu by going to the button located on the Mindmeister homepage.  The team administrator can add team members at any time using their homepage, extending the licenses as many times as they see fit. Once the new team member has been added, a friends list will populate on their homepage for quick and easy access.  Now team members from all over the world can work together on their mind-maps in real time! 

Mindmeister works much like the windows whiteboard option. However it is far quicker as it allows you to start conference calls while you are building the map. This feature gives the user the ability to have that one on one experience of mind mapping, even though the other person is in another country altogether.

In Australia it is not commonly heard of, however, and since teachers are now teaching in an increasingly technological world, the benefits of having an online collaboration tool such as mindmeister are numerous. Not only will students be able to collaborate with people from different countries but, more commonly, be able to do group assignments/ tasks over the school holidays, weekends, after school  and when one of the group members are sick.  The ability to print the mind map is a very useful feature. It allows students from all over the globe to print out mind maps they collaborated on and hand them in to teachers or use them for  assessments.

Mindmeister also has the ability to create mindmaps for languages other then English, including right-to-left languages such as Hebrew and Arabic:
 Below is an example of a mind map, unit plan for a Yr 9 biology science class it has carefully outlined and related the relevant Queensland education, essential learnings to the content.
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References

 www.youtube.com [1]
www.mindmeister.com [2]
http://wiki.itap.purdue.edu/# [3]
http://wiki.itap.purdue.edu/# [4]
http://mashable.com/2009/02/03/productivity-tips-for-freelancers/[5]
http://blog.mastermaq.ca/2008/02/29/mind-mapping-with-mindmeister/+  [6]
http://www.freetech4teachers.com/2008/05/free-technology-for-teachers-mind.html [7]
http://blog.mindmeister.com/ [8]
Mindmapping your blog using Mindmeister and Freemind. Pro Membership Services. Retrieved 3 April 2009. <http://promembershipservices.com/articles/2008/05/12/mind-mapping-your-blog-using-mindmeister-and-freemind/> [9]
Hive Five: Top five mind mapping applications. LifeHacker. Retrieved 3 April 2009.<http://lifehacker.com/5188833/hive-five-five-best-mind-mapping-applications>.  [10]

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158 Comments

  1. Unknown User (buchanam)

    Hello everyone! My name is Melanie Buchanan, and I am the project manager for this the mindmeister project.  I hope that you are finding your way around this fairly easily!  And I want to welcome our International Partners to this project!  Please let me know if you have any questions or concerns.

    I found this site online regarding the mindmeister site: http://lifehacker.com/398476/boost-your-brainstorming-session-with-mindmeister

    I think that this site is a great resource for the start of our project.  It has a basic overview on what the actual website does and its applications.  It has great pictures which show the mind mapping tool.  Our page should have a similar layout to this site, but with more information on how to use the site.  More visuals and more specifics will make our page very user friendly.

    Also the comments written below the page are a good indication of how people feel about the site, and its popularity. 

  2. Unknown User (buchanam)

    Hello again! I hope that you have had a chance to look at confluence and at mindmeister.com.  I also hope that our international partners in Australia have had a chance to get on as well! 

    I have only heard from a couple of you regarding what things that you would like to do for the project, so here are the tasks that have been divided up:

    Tyler: Research

    Sarah: Design

    Francisca: Design

    Kaitlin: Writing

    Erica: Writing

    Mel: Research

    Kate & Ben: Writing & Research from an international perspective

     Please see new roles below  They've changed!

    However, please feel free to elaborate on any apsect that you want to!  If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact me at buchanam@purdue.edu

  3. Hi. I would like to do writing or editing. Cheers,

    Ben from Australia

    1. Unknown User (buchanam)

      Fantastic Ben! We are glad to have you!   I'm going to start doing some research and filling out the questions on the next page this weekend!  Please feel free to post anything you come across that you feel is important or should be included on the mindmeister page!

      Melanie

    2. Unknown User (buchanam)

      Hi Ben! Is there a time that we can chat online?

      Melanie

  4. Unknown User (buchanam)

    Here is another great site: http://www.masternewmedia.org/news/2008/06/17/webbased_mindmapping_outline_plan_and.htm.  This would be a great way to set up our page...it has lots of pictures and very easy to manage through.

    Melanie

  5. Hi There,

    I'm Kate and also from Australia. I finally got logged in to this page today due to problems with the passwords. Just wondering what we are required to do for the first part that is meant to be due this week?

    Cheers

    1. Unknown User (buchanam)

      HI Kate! Is there a time that you can chat over the net?

      Melanie

  6. Unknown User (kfabrici)

    Hello,

    I am fine with writing.  I am also confused though on what exactly we are supposed to be posting. 

    1. Unknown User (buchanam)

      Hi Kate and Kaitlin!  If you scroll to the top of this page, there should be a link that says: Children and underneath it says Mindmeister Research.   If you open that link, there is a page with all the questions that we need to answer.  Please feel free to answer any of the questions listed on that page or add anything you feel is pertinent to the mindmeister website.  Please make sure to include references to anything that you are siting so you get credit for your research.

      If you want more information on what our page is supposed to look like, check out the Seesmic page.  It is a great source for what we should gear our project toward.

      Melanie

  7. Unknown User (tpauley)

    Hey, research works great for me, Ill be getting on checking on those sites.  My question is is there a more specific way for me to gather my research? anything in particular you would like me to focus on?

    1. Unknown User (buchanam)

      Hi Tyler! If you want to work on the lesson plans part that would be great!

      We have to have a rough draft of our page by next Sunday, I believe.  So the more information we have gathered the better.  And we want to start collecting it and posting in a way that we can compile a page, that would be great!

      Mel

      1. Unknown User (tpauley)

        that sounds good, ill start looking and keep you updated on here on what I find.  Sorry it took me so long to get to this, busy work week.

  8. Unknown User (nelsonjs)

    Hey guys,

    sorry I have not been on here until now but Melanie, I would be open to what every you need me to do.  I guess research would be one area that I would not mind, but completely open to anything the group needs.

    1. Unknown User (buchanam)

      Hi Josh! We are all trying to plug away on the questions on the mindmeister research page (see above).  If you can answer any questions please feel free!  Also, please make sure you cite your references so you get credit for your postings.

      Also, if you are interested in design, you can certainly look around at the different sites and some of the other ones listed above to see if you find something that you like.  I'm not a visual person, so ANY suggestions are greatly appreciated!

      Mel

  9. Unknown User (buchanam)

    Please check out this site: http://wiki.itap.purdue.edu/display/INSITETLT/Seesmic

    This is a great example of what our site should look like.

     I have reformatted the page with the research that has been done this week.  Your role for this week is to flesh out your section with whatever you feel is necessary---research & writing.  Don't worry about making it pretty quite yet...that will be done later.  Please have this done by Saturday at 9:00 pm.  This is our rough draft for this week. We will be able to edit more next week, but it is crucial that we get this draft done as soon as possible.  If you have questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact me.

    Tyler: section f

    Sarah: section c

    Francisca: section d

    Kaitlin: section e

    Erica: section g

    Josh: section h

    Ben & Kate: section i (international perspective)

  10. Unknown User (buchanam)

    Within the mindmeister research page, you can edit the new page that I added by clicking on the edit button listed at the top righthand side of the page.  Please let me know if you have any problems!

    Melanie

  11. Unknown User (buchanam)

    Hello again! As you start to work on your section, please keep in mind that the writing must be your own or you must cite/reference any information you have borrowed from other sites. Thanks!

    1. Unknown User (buchanam)

      By the way, this page is the rough draft...our final project will end up here.

      Mel

  12. Unknown User (buchanam)

    Hello everyone! I just wanted to remind you that your section's rough draft is due tonight by 9 pm.
    Please feel free to edit it on the research page or this page.
    You may have already noticed that I have been playing with the formatting on the
    rough draft---we have columns and pictures.  You are welcome to add formatting
    if you'd like, but that doesn't necessarily need to be done by tonight (the
    writing is the important part).
    Lastly, please make sure that you are citing your references.  We do not want to
    get in trouble for plagerism.
    Thanks!  Please let me know if you have any questions or concerns!
    Melanie

  13. Unknown User (buchanam)

    Hello everyone! Our page is really coming along!  Great job! 

    We still have one section to flesh out, but otherwise, the rough draft looks really good!  Our next step is to work on the design...we can add more pictures, change the layout, whatever we feel is needed to make the page really 'pop.'

    Also, we need to be creating lesson plans.  So for those of us who were originally assigned to do research and writing, we will work on the lesson plans.  Those of you who were originally on design, we will have you work on the design of the page as well as the design of the presentation materials. 

    Rough drafts of the lesson plans need to be done by Thursday of next week.

    Again, thanks for all the hard work!

    Mel

  14. Unknown User (flhoffma)

    Hey Melanie, I put up the additional information onto section D, I edited it yesterday but didn't know if you saw it. Thank you for all of your hard work!

    Francisca Hoffmann

    1. Unknown User (buchanam)

      Hey Francisca! I did see it...it's looking great!

      Now if only I could figure out how to make that picture smaller...

      Tyler---are you having any luck with your section?

      Ben & Kate---I hope you are able to get on this page.  I haven't heard from you in a while, so I wanted to touch bases.

      Mel

  15. Unknown User (buchanam)

    Hi Josh! Somehow it seems that you got left out of the rough draft assignments. I have edited it to include you, so if you can work on section h, that would be great.

    Now that our rough draft is sort of up, we need to work on design and lesson plans.  If everyone one the writing/research team can put together one lesson plan from one of the areas by Thursday, that would be great. 

    Designers, please feel free to adjust the page, add pictures, graphics, etc to make it look good, that would be great!

    Mel

  16. Unknown User (tpauley)

    yeah, sorry, i really don't mean to leave you guys hanging on that, I'll get that stuff up and going today.  A quick question though (probably a stupid one) are we working as a group to do one lesson plan? or are we each coming up with an individual lesson plan?

    1. Unknown User (buchanam)

      Not a stupid question at all.  We are all working on individual lesson plans...you can pick one from any of the categories.  The more we have, the better our page will be.  If we have a rough draft by the middle of this week, we can really get our page almost completely laid out.

      Mel

  17. Unknown User (buchanam)

    Hello everyone! I just wanted to let you know that we all should be working on either lesson plans or working on the design of the page and the flyers/posters.  The lesson plans rough drafts are due tomorrow---please paste them into the site above. 

    If you are working on design, please send me an email on what you are working on flyer/brochure wise or update the site as you see fit.

    I am working on trying to fix the table of contents...if anyone knows how to fix that, please go ahead and do so.

    Thanks!

    Melanie

  18. Unknown User (buchanam)

    Is everyone planning on attending the presentation?  I would like to divide it into sections, so no one person is taking the brunt of the work.  Please let me know ASAP.

    Also, are there people who are interested in putting together the presentation...like a powerpoint (this is in addition to the flyers/brochures that several group members are already working on).  Please let me know ASAP.  buchanam@purdue.edu

    Mel

  19. Unknown User (nelsonjs)

    I will be there Mel.  And what ever you need me to do is fine with me. 

    1. Unknown User (buchanam)

      Hi Josh!  Could you work on a powerpoint presentation for the workshop? 

      Mel

  20. Unknown User (kfabrici)

    I completed an elementary lesson plan, but I can't figure out how to embed it into this site.

  21. Unknown User (kfabrici)

    Ok, I figured out how to get my lesson plan up on the page...but I have notes that go with several of the nodes that you are unable to read since it could only be imported as an image.

    1. Unknown User (buchanam)

      Kaitlin, it looks FANTASTIC!!  Great job!  If you send it to me via email, I can work on figuring out how to get it all into the site.

      Mel

  22. Unknown User (flhoffma)

    I tried to edit some of the graphics. I'm not sure what else to add or do. Any suggestions? Also, the person for part A should check this place out:

    http://www.mindmeister.com/home/imprint

    It was developed in Germany and the detailed information is on there. Thanks!

    Francisca

    1. Unknown User (buchanam)

      Francisca, what you have done has really made the site more visually appealing, thank you!  I think it looks really good!  Maybe we could find a way to center the top chart with the development information?

      We definitely need to start making sure that everything is spelled correctly and flows really well...basic professional editing.  And lastly we need to develop our presentation...flyers, brochures, powerpoint presentation.  So if you have any ideas on how to start that, please let me know.

      We are less then 2 weeks out to presentation time!

      Great job everyone! Keep up the good work!

      Melanie

  23. Unknown User (buchanam)

    Hello everyone! Rough drafts of lesson plans are due today...please paste them above, and we can work on them to adjust as necessary.

    If you are working on brochures/flyers, please have rough drafts by Sunday the latest.

  24. Unknown User (buchanam)

    Tyler: lesson plan---secondary school

    Sarah: flyers/brochure

    Francisca: Design/brochure/flyers

    Kaitlin: Lesson plan---elementary

    Erica: lesson plan--business

    Mel: editing/oral presentation

    Josh: powerpoint presentation

    Kate & Ben: Writing & Research from an international perspective

  25. Unknown User (flhoffma)

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y30XtKGuEz0&feature=related

    This is a great youtube video explaining how to use mindmeister to create a mindmap. I was going to put it in, but I'm not sure how to imbed it. Also, are people going to be adding more information to the different sections? I think we need to add more information after viewing other people's projects!

  26. Unknown User (buchanam)

    I will work on how to imbed a video into the site.  

    I definitely think Francisca is correct; we should still be writing and rewriting sections.  The more information we have to more we can portray to the user!

    Mel

  27. Unknown User (buchanam)

    The lesson plans look really great! Thank you!

    Melanie

  28. Unknown User (buchanam)

    Do we want to make a large poster in addition to our brochures/flyers? It might be nice to put a mindmap on a poster for display.  I will ask Professor Newby if there is a place where we can print off a really large picture and post it on a poster board.

    We will have at least one laptop from ITAP at the presentation, and I can bring my laptop, so on our table, we will have two laptops, brochures and flyers.

  29. Unknown User (siddings)

    I think a large poster with a mindmap on it would look really nice, if you need someone to do that I can. Also, I am trying to work on our logo in Photoshop and make it not so pixelated, I have been looking for a larger image with little luck, so I am going to try some techniques, which may take a little bit of time, but I think it will make the site look nice. Also how many brochure/flyers do we need?

    1. Unknown User (buchanam)

      Sarah, thanks for offering...I'd love it if you could do the poster.  I'm not a visually creative person.  I will work on how to get a mindmap that is poster size.

      Also, I'm not sure how many flyers/brochures we need, but I will find out for you.

      Lastly, do you guys like the new format/coloring? 

      Mel

      1. Unknown User (siddings)

        I do like the coloring, flows well. I think that the Boiler Copy Maker can do it, I can check in the morning if not I can try to create something.

  30. Unknown User (buchanam)

    Wonderful Sarah! Sounds great!

    Sorry about the tools section.  I messed it up, and I'm not quite sure how to fix it.  I swear it will get fixed though!

  31. Unknown User (buchanam)

    The new logo looks AMAZING!!!  Excellent work!

    Melanie

  32. Unknown User (siddings)

    Kate & Ben,

    Francisca and I were talking today about how we would really like to set up a Skype session with you guys. Please let us know what time is good for you, and we will make it work for us, if you have a few times that could work next week please let us know so that we can all decide on a time that works best for everyone.

    Thanks!

    1. Unknown User (buchanam)

      Thank you Sarah! This is a great idea!

      Kate & Ben---have you been receiving my emails?

      Josh can you  help me in editing this weekend? I think that two people looking it over for spelling/grammatical errors is better then just one.  We need to have the second draft done by Sunday night. I believe that next week, we will be doing peer reviewing.  This is a good way to get some constructive criticism on how to improve our site.  I will also look for a way to link our table of contents to each section (I screwed that up when I changed the look of the table, which I think makes a vast improvement on our site).  I'm still waiting to hear about how to upload a video as well.

      Tyler, I believe that you are also working on a powerpoint presentation, is that correct? Do you need help with that?  Please let me know. 

      Sarah, I know you are working hard on the flyers/posters, so thank you for that. Francisca, can you help Sarah with that (you may already be doing that)?  Please let me know if you need my help in any way. 

      Thanks!

      Mel

  33. Unknown User (buchanam)

    Hi guys! I think we need our lesson plans to be in this format: bubbl.  I think that Tyler, Sarah, Francisca and I did the lesson plans.  Sarah and Francisca, I know you both are busy with design, so I will do your lesson plans in this format.  Josh, since Tyler is working on the powerpoint, can you do his lesson plan (he has the 11th grade plan)?  We need to have this done by Sunday at the latest.

    I would love to see the tools section fleshed out a little more as well as the addition of the international section.  I will work on both of those this weekend.  If anyone else has good ideas or would like to write some more, please feel free to do so.

    Thanks again for all your hard work.

    Mel

    1. Unknown User (buchanam)

  34. Unknown User (buchanam)

    Ok, I put in a link at every section to go back to the table of contents (it only took me an hour...I don't know why I made it so difficult!).  I will work on making the links in the table of contents go to that particular heading. I thought I was doing it correctly, but sadly, I am not.  I have voiced my concerns to Kevin O'Shea, so hopefully he can figure out what I have done wrong.

    Melanie

  35. Unknown User (flhoffma)

    I finished up the flyer. Melanie I will send that to you via email to check out because I can't figure out how to attatch anything onto here! If anyone else wants to look at it just let me know.

    Also, for part A there is alot more information about Mindmeister on the blog! It just celebrated its second birthday on February 26, 2009 and was founded by Mindmeister Labs in association with Geistesblitz productions.

    It was also won the Best User Centered Design Company of the Year 2007 award by Hasso Plattner Ventures. The jury seemed to think that MindMeister had an "outstandingly intuitive and accessible user interface combined with a well thought-out feature set".

    References

    http://blog.mindmeister.com/2007/07/02/mindmeister-wins-best-user-centered-design-award/

  36. Unknown User (buchanam)

    Hi guys! I've added some of the lesson plans, although they are in fairly rough condition.  Please feel free to edit as you see necessary.

    I have also added the international perspective, but I still haven't figured out what I am doing wrong to link the table of contents to the headers. 

    Mel

  37. Unknown User (buchanam)

    I am very frustrated with the Tools section. I don't know why I cannot get the layout correct.  Any help is greatly appreciated! 

    I also did a first edit over the entire document. 

    Lastly, is there a time this week or next weekend that we can get together to do a "mock" presentation. I would rather not go into the presentation without any sort of practice.  I have a physics test on Wednesday, so Thursday evening or any time except Saturday morning will work fine for me.

    Mel

  38. Unknown User (tpauley)

    sorry, i must be a little confused? I thought I was supposed to do the lesson plan? I would be more than willing to help with a powerpoint or whatever needs done, but I to know what you need me to do.  Also, how are we giving our presentation?

  39. Unknown User (buchanam)

    Hi Tyler! Sorry for the confusion.  I definitely need the lesson plan to be finished in the other format---the 3rd grade and post-secondary ones are done above (Josh may be working on this as posted above). 

    For some reason, I thought I assigned you the powerpoint presentation as well.  We need this done for the presentation.  If you are willing to work on this, I'd appreciate it, and maybe we can get Josh to help you as well.  I'd be glad to help out in any way too.  The powerpoint presentation needs to explain our wiki chapter: basically, it is an overview of how to use mindmeister and how to use it in an educational format.  It needs to be done by Thursday and sent to me, even if it is a rough draft...we can then send it to others in the group to revise and edit.  I can then write a "script" for the presentation.    This is what I would like for us to get together to rehearse. 

    If everyone can give me times when they are available starting Thursday-Sunday, that would be great. The only time I cannot meet is 10 am -2 pm on Saturday afternoon, otherwise I am available.

    Again, sorry for the confusion.  Please let me know if this is still unclear. 

    Thanks!

    Mel

    1. Unknown User (tpauley)

      ok, I will try to get some work done on that powerpoint

      as far as the rehearsal and meeting up goes I live in central Indy and work Tuesday through Saturday, so Sunday is definately the best possible day, any time would work.

  40. Unknown User (buchanam)

    Thank you Tyler! 

    Sunday works fine for me too.

    I finally got the tools section fixed. I emailed Kevin O'Shea, who is in charge of this site, regarding the links to the table of contents. I hope to have it fixed tomorrow.

    Mel

  41. Unknown User (nelsonjs)

    Hey guys,

    I am sorry i have not been on all weekend to respond to the comments that apply to me, but to say the least i had one hell of a weekend.....I know that it is sunday night/monday morning but i was planning on the powerpoint and then i just read that i needed to do the lesson.  Mel, you can just reply on the page but if you would have the chance to call me my cell phone # is 815-973-6620 i think that it would be best if we were able to talk to make sure i do everything i need to.  and you can call when ever....I will assume that i will do the powerpoint or help with it anyways, and i will await for more information or jobs to do.

    Thanks and sorry again

    Josh

  42. Unknown User (siddings)

    Tyler & Josh,

    If you guys need any help with the PowerPoint let me know. I am more than willing to help you with any aspect of it, or if you just want me to help proof it you can send it to me.

    Sarah

    siddings@purdue.edu

  43. Unknown User (buchanam)

    Ok, here is the update on jobs that need to be done this week (lists are good!):

    Josh & Tyler: powerpoint presentation

    Sarah, Francisca Kaitlin & Mel: editing of the page, more lesson plans (I think this is what is going to make or break our site---I think the more lesson plans and more options, the better off we will be)

    Melanie: fixing the table of contents

    Sarah & Francisca: flyers & posters

    Is everyone available to meet Sunday? Is Sunday afternoon, like 3 pm good?

    Mel

    1. Unknown User (buchanam)

      Hello! I just spoke with Prof. Newby regarding our lesson plans.  So what I'm going to do is add an additional header in the table of contents that shows how to do a lesson plan if you are a teacher.  I will put the mindmaps that were created under that heading.  That means we need to add additional lesson plans to our site.  I will work on this this week.

      Mel

      I finally fixed the code so now our table of contents works!!!

    2. Unknown User (siddings)

      Sunday afternoon works for me.

  44. Unknown User (siddings)

    Melanie,

    Since you think that the lesson plans are going to be vital in selling our presentation. Do you want them incorporated into the poster, or maybe an additional poster?

    1. Unknown User (buchanam)

      What we could do for the lesson plans is have a packet, as a hand out?  Does that sound like a good idea?

      I am still working on some additional plans...I'd like to have at least two per section.  Once that gets done, I can print them out and copy them...let me know what ya'll think.

      Mel

  45. Unknown User (tpauley)

    Hey guys, first off, Josh, I will be more than willing to help with the power point, what do you need me to work on?

    Also, I know I said Sunday, unfortunately I had something come up, and I don't know for sure If I will make it.  I am really sorry about this, but if you guys give me whatever I need to speak on I will prepare on my own, I am really sorry and I will keep you updated if something changes and I can make it up there.

  46. Hello,
    I was wondering what was needed of me to do for the project. I had not received any emails and was not sure as to what to do. Any help on this would be greatly appreciated.

    1. Unknown User (buchanam)

      Hello! I apologize for not getting you any emails. Is it safe to assume that you are working on the project from Australia? 

      We can definitely use some help fleshing out the international section. If you can work on that, we'd greatly appreciate it!

      Mel

  47. Unknown User (nelsonjs)

    Tyler,

    I was going to get a good start on it tomorrow since that is my somewhat easy day....If you could call or text me at 815-973-6620 we can talk about what the plans are going to be and i will know more on how I want to structure it.  Also, it might even work to just get together...that is if you on campus.....

    Also Sunday Should work for me 

  48. Unknown User (buchanam)

    Hello everyone! I received word that we should have three lesson plans per age level.  I have a physics test tomorrow, but after that I will work on getting some of those together. If anyone has any time and would like to help, please feel free to do so.

    Mel

    1. Unknown User (tpauley)

      I work all day today, but before work tomorrow I will try to wake up early and get some lesson plans done in the morning if there are any left.

      1. Unknown User (buchanam)

        Thank you Tyler!  There is a link above to some great lesson plans.

        I hope you all got the email from Prof. Newby regarding peer evalutions.  They are due Thursday at 12:00 pm.

        Mel

        1. Unknown User (buchanam)

          Ok, I have added a couple plans...please review them to make sure I spelled everything correct! (smile)

          I don't know why the 2nd grade table is so much larger then the others...I will look at it later.

          Mel

  49. Unknown User (kfabrici)

    I am available on Sunday.  Where are we meeting?  Is there anything else you would like me to work on before then?

    1. Unknown User (buchanam)

      Hi Kaitlin! I would love it if you could help put together some lesson plans...the more we have the better off we will be.

      Can we meet at the union by Villa Pizza at 3:00 pm on Sunday?

      Mel

      1. Unknown User (kfabrici)

        Ok, that's fine...I'm just a little confused on the lesson plans.  I saw that you had changed them to a different format before.  Do you want more lesson plans as mind maps? or tables?  Also, are there any in particular you are looking for? Or would you like me to just stick with the elementary lesson plans?

        1. Unknown User (buchanam)

          Hey Kaitlin!  The lesson plans need to be in the table format with the standards, objectives, etc.  We need to have at least three lesson plans per section (elementary, secondary, post secondary).  If you are most comfortable with elementary, please feel free to do that.

          I appreciate the help!

          Thanks!

          Mel

  50. Unknown User (buchanam)

    I need formatting help with the lesson plan...can anyone figure out how to fix it so the table isn't sooo huge?

    Prof. Newby asks that we have 3 lesson plans per section, so we definitely want to get on that. Also, peer evals are due at 12:00 pm on Thursday!

    Thanks!

    Mel

  51. Unknown User (kfabrici)

    I just added a third lesson plan for elementary education.  Let me know if it's ok.

    1. Unknown User (buchanam)

      Thanks Kaitlin! It looks great! I added a downloaded attachment to it as well.  Thank you for your hard work.

      Mel

  52. Unknown User (buchanam)

    Erica---could you work on putting together a small packet for our lesson plans/site.  It will be for the workshop to hand out...I can print them out, if you can find a nice way to package them all together, that would be great.  This way our bases are covered in case something happens to the electricity or we can't get online.

    Thanks!

    Melanie

  53. Unknown User (tpauley)

    I don't know that I trust myself to do much post secondary or business lesson plans, but I will add a secondary level lesson plan by thursday afternoon (I will work for 2 but I am helping on the powerpoint too).

  54. Unknown User (nelsonjs)

    Hey hope everyone is having a good day,

    A couple of things....

    Melanie....I am not sure if you would like me to include lesson plans or put a part in the power point for the lessons since we will have all of the posters and what not at the display.  I just need opinion if i shoud add them or leave them out.

    Also Tyler, if you need to work on the lesson plans i can do the powerpoint it is no big deal....

    Josh 

    1. Unknown User (buchanam)

      Hi Josh! I think that including one as an example would be an excellent idea!

      Mel

  55. Unknown User (tpauley)

    Hey Melanie, I can't seem to find the link you were talking about with the lesson plans can you repost that?

    I will  have at least one more by tomorrow afternoon.

  56. Unknown User (nelsonjs)

    Does it matter which Lesson to anyone.....if i dont hear by tomorrow morning i will just pick one at random....

    thanks

    also...we are still on for Sunday at 3 in the Union by Villa?

  57. Unknown User (buchanam)

    Ben--thanks for editing some of the content!  Are you interested in participating in the workshop? I have a webcam on my laptop, and if you are available (it is 6-9 pm here, so I think its like 9 in the morning there), we can set up a video so you can participate.  Let me know what you think!

    Sunday at 3:00 pm is still on!  Please bring flyers/poster/packets, everything that is being worked on so that we can do a mock presentation! 

    Thanks!

    Mel

  58. Unknown User (wallj)

    EDCI 270 Project 2

    Peer Review Form

     

    Reviewing Team: _Zoho Planner_____________

    Web 2.0 Application being reviewed _Mindmeister_____

     

    Excellent

    Fair

    Needs Work

     

    Project Content

    o

    o

    o

    Content is relevant and cohesive throughout wiki chapter.

    o

    o

    o

    Relevant media (graphics, video, screenshots) are incorporated.

    o

    o

    o

    Lesson plans (elementary, secondary) are included.

    o

    o

    o

    Business / industry aspects are included.

    o

    o

    o

    International uses of tool included.

    o

    o

    o

    Purpose of application, how it works, and unique uses included.

    o

    o

    o

     

    o

    o

    o

     

    o

    o

    o

     

    Project Format

    o

    o

    o

    Wiki chapter is attractive / visually appealing

    o

    o

    o

    Free of typographical and other errors.

    o

    o

    o

    Ease of navigation through chapter. Headings and links are used.

     

     

    What did you like about this chapter?

                -The table was a nice addition in the first section

                -The images add nice color and appeal to the page

    What weaknesses did you find in this chapter?

                -Plagiarized under the first heading...."the jury seemed to think" comes from site

                -Use of exclamation points seemed excessive at times in sections one and two

    What suggestions do you have for improvement of this chapter?

                -In the table of contents there are two "sevens"

                -Under the heading "What is mindmeister" the link does not work, and no citation

                -All you need is a browser, and *****comma not needed after browser!!!!!!

                -With the free account users ***insert comma after account!

                -button, or press Insert on your keyboard ****

                -Lesson plans were unorganized and not all were uploaded to wiki they were just links.

                -Put lesson plans in order and on wiki! 

                -Broken links in the table of contents. Spacing issues in educational value and international level.    -Picture in future of Mindmeister should be centered.

                -Overall, very good content. Just a few little issues like spacing and centering should clean it all       up.

    -          Capitalization errors and inconsistencies in some of the lesson plans

    -          Spacing errors in some of the sections

    -          If possible, remake the bullets for the 7th grade lesson plan; the system of *s was not very appealing/effective.

    -          The parts of speech lesson plan should be probably be reorganized; the table was informative, but very difficult to follow. Perhaps use a different format other than a table.

  59. Hey Melanie,

                            yes i am working from australia on it. however i am still not sure what needs to be done on the international part. anything you need i will have done in a couple of days and submitted. Also my email adress is Crazymanonporch@hotmail.com. It is the fastest way to contact me. Thanks.

  60. Hey,

            I came up with this i hope its ok but i am more then willing to change anything that needs to be changed. i was going to add more to it but wanted to check if i was on the right track first.

           Cheers, Shaun.

    Mindmeister works much like the windows whiteboard option. However it is far more quickly as it allows you to start conference calls while you are building the map. This feature gives the user the ability to have that one on one experience of mind mapping, even though the other person is in another country altoghether.

    In Australia it is not commonly heard of, however, as teachers that are teaching in an increasingly technological world, the benefits of having an online collaboration tool such as mindmeister are numerous. Not only will students be able to collaborate with people from different countries but, more commonly, be able to do group assignments/ tasks over the school holidays, weekends, after school  and when one of the group members are sick.  The ability to save the mind map that has been worked on is an excellent feature as it can be printed. This is extremely beneficial as it can allow students from all over the globe to print out mind maps they collaborated on and hand them in to their respective teachers or use them for their respective assessments.

    1. Unknown User (buchanam)

      Shaun, this is great. I added it above. Keep up the good work!

      Mel

      1. Hey Mel,

                       thanks for that. I will add more along the same lines. Hope all goes well.

                    cheers, Shaun.

  61. Unknown User (siddings)

    Hey Melanie,

    I know we have our peer evaluation due tommorow, but I wasn't sure what groups we are evaluating?

    1. Unknown User (buchanam)

      HI Sarah! I have emailed Prof. Newby for some clarification. I will get back to you ASAP.

      Mel

      1. Unknown User (siddings)

        Melanie,

        Prof. Newby said he would like it done by noon, but since we are not sure what we are doing I have to leave for class, but once we know exactly what we are doing I will get it done as soon as I get home. I hope that works.

        Sarah

  62. Unknown User (siddings)

    I am trying to do a lesson plan for Special Education and I found some interesting information that could be tied to our international section:

    Australia has a very high percentage of both school and University students using Mind Mapping as their prime thinking tool, as a result of the work of Buzan Centres in Australia over 10 years. Australia was the first country to apply Mind Maps to the education of Autistic children, with astonishing results.http://www.innovationtools.com/Articles/InterviewDetails.asp?a=252
     
    I am working on a lesson plan around that and any info I come across I'll post up for the international section.
     
    Sarah

  63. Hey melanie,

    Can i stilll make contirbutions???

    I was going to do up a lesson plan for my biology discipline in relation to the Australian - Queensland standards. The page looks awesome!!! love the colour system do we add and edit the page through

    this tools above? Also the peer evaluation what do i have to do for  that?

    What else can i add in the international section??

    Laura

    1. Unknown User (buchanam)

      Hi Laura!  A biology lesson plan sounds fantastic! It would be nice to have one from an international perspective! 

      All you have to do to edit the page is click edit on the upper right corner (oh wait, I think you figured that out!).

  64. Hi Melanine,

    Can i add some text and pictures where i see fit?? sorry not sure!!!

    I was thinking a picture of the mindmeister home page in the who developed or what is sections?

    laura

    1. Unknown User (buchanam)

      Certainly!

  65. Unknown User (buchanam)

    Zoho Planner

  66. Unknown User (buchanam)

    Hi guys! The peer evaluation is above...please review it and make changes as necessary!

    Mel

  67. Unknown User (buchanam)

    Hello everyone! I just want to make sure that the flyers/brochures, powerpoint, poster and packets are going well.  Please, if you need anyone to edit, feel free to email me.  I can also print things off.  Please let me know what I can do to help.

    And a reminder that we are meeting on Sunday at 3:00 pm by Villa pizza in the Union.

    Mel

  68. Unknown User (siddings)

    Any info on who we peer review?

    Sarah

    1. Unknown User (buchanam)

      Hi Sarah! We review Zoho Planner.

      I'm back to working on lesson plans. 

  69. Hey melanine

    can i possibly incorperate a unit plan mind map example into the international section????

    laura

    1. Unknown User (buchanam)

      Yes, you most certainly can!

  70. Unknown User (buchanam)

    We still need a couple more lesson plans.  I will do a couple tonight, and I think Kaitlin you are working on one too, no?

    Sarah, how's the posters going?

    Francisca, how are the flyers?

    Josh/Tyler, how is the powerpoint?

    Erica, how is the packet?

    Ok, I added two more, so now we have 2 for each section. I will work on getting at least two more per section tonight.

  71. Unknown User (ebeaver)

    hey melanie! sorry i haven't been repsonding i have had a crazy week, however, for the rest of the weekend i am good! i can meet tomorrow (sunday) at 3 pm if that is what we are still planning on doing? also, do you want me to make a packet of the entire website of just the lesson plans? i was thinking of putting each section per page and then having each lesson plan a seperate page, does that work? also, if there is ANYTHING else that I can help with, let me know!

  72. Unknown User (ebeaver)

    Also, I just did another lesson plan for elementary, but I am having trouble posting it. If someone could help that would be great?

    Kindergarten

    Shapes and Colors

    Overview

    Students will learn how to identify different colors and create patterns.

    Objectives

    -Students will learn the basic colors of red, orange, blue, green, yellow and purple
    -Students will place these colors in simple patterns of 3

    Standards

    -Mathematics K.3
    -Mathematics K.4
    -Science K.5
    -Fine Arts K.7

    Materials

    -Construction Paper
    Scissors for each student
    -Glue for each student
    -Small Styrofoam cup for each student
    -White piece of construction paper for each student
    -A pen

    Procedure

    1.     Have each student come to the front table one at a time and pick from three different colors of construction paper. They should also retrieve their Styrofoam cup.
    2.     Have the students pick up a white piece of construction paper as well. They should have a pair of scissors and a glue stick with them at their seat.
    3.     Have the students take their materials back to their desk. 4.      Tell them to trace the top of the Styrofoam cup on their paper 5 times.
    5.     Repeat step 4 with all the different colors of construction paper. (They should have a total of 15 circles, 5 from each of the 3 different colored pieces of construction paper.)
    6.     Use the scissors to cut out all the 15 different colored circles they have just traced.
    7.     Throw the extra pieces of scrap construction paper away.
    8.     Glue the 15 circles on the white piece of paper in a pattern. Make sure to tell the students to keep the pattern the same and that their pattern will look differently from the other students around them.

    Evaluation

    A worksheet of colors will be handed out and each student will be grades on the correct classification of each color.

     I opened up a table, however, the fonts were all different and different sizes and the boxes were different too? I am not sure how to make is uniform like the others. thanks guys!

    1. Unknown User (buchanam)

      Hey Erica!  The lesson plan looks great! I got it in the site...do you have a word document that you can link to it? Or can you send it to me? 

      Erica, as for the packet, please feel free to do it your way...I think it sounds like a good plan.  We can chat more about it tomorow too...I'll definitely have my lap top.

      We'll see you all tomorrow!

  73. Unknown User (nelsonjs)

    Update on the Powerpoint.....it is 99% DONE.....I just have a couple of questions that we will work on at the group meeting tomorrow.....Hope everyting else is going great....Talk to you all Tomorrow!!!!!

    Josh

  74. Unknown User (siddings)

    I finished the brochure. Well atleast a final draft, so let me know what changes need to made, or any suggestions. I am going to attach it.

    Thanks.

    Sarah

  75. Unknown User (ebeaver)

    sounds good thanks for the help melanie! as for tomorrow...where exactly are we meeting at 3??

    Erica

  76. Unknown User (siddings)

    This is what I am thinking for the poster....I want to get everyone's input before I have it printed, so let me know what you think, changes that need to be made, or things to add. We can also go over it today @ 3.

    Thanks,

    Sarah

    1. Unknown User (siddings)

      I will also attach it, since parts are hard to read.

  77. Unknown User (buchanam)

    Hi guys! It occured to me that maybe we won't know who each other is, so I'm sitting in front of Starbucks/Villa pizza. I look like a scrub in a yellow shirt and blue warm ups and I have brown hair. (smile)

  78. Unknown User (buchanam)

    Hi Tyler! I just wanted to recap the meeting, so you know what will be happening on Tuesday!  We are wearing black pants/skirts and blue or pink shirts (business casual), and we are meeting at 5:00 pm in front of the workshop room in Stewart center. 

    We are all going to print 100 (hopefully) color copies of the brochure in the MA computer lab (the basement) sometime tomorrow afternoon.  Sarah will be posting the updated brochure after 12:30 pm.  Sarah and I are meeting at 12:30 and Josh, Kaitlin and Erica are meeting at 3:30 in the breezeway in the math building if you want to print off copies of the brochure (I think maybe you don't come to campus, so obviously this wouldn't work for you).

    As for the presentation, it is basically a question and answer type of thing, less like a formal presentation.  At least two of us will man the table at a time, showing people how to use mindmeister and its value to education. 

    Erica has a packet made, just in case we lose the internet or something else disasterous happens.  The powerpoint presentation looks fantastic, so much thanks to both you and Josh. 

    If anyone has any questions or concerns, please let me know and I will do my best to answer them!  See you all either tomorrow or Tuesday!

    Mel

    1. Hi,
      I know it's last-minute, but I thought a blurb about the purpose of mind-maps might be helpful for some part of the presentation.  Here it is, please use any of it that's useful to you.

      "
      It has been well stated that "Our thoughts are disentangled when committed to paper,"
      But when committed to a Mind Map they are
      Expanded, organized and gracefully presented.
      We can virtually download our mental constructions - the contents of our mind - onto the screen before us,
      Edit and refine our thoughts to produce a logical, optimized system of knowledge.

      Mind maps are a powerful tool for mental clarity,
      Allowing us to stretch our creativity, problem-solving, planning and depth of insight
      Far beyond the bounds of un-aided thought.

      However brilliant or visionary you are, mind maps can take you further.
      "

      Hope the presentation is awesome, it's been a great effort so far.  Go team 41!!

      Ben

  79. Unknown User (flhoffma)

    Hey everyone, sorry I couldn't make it today I had to go home this weekend! The flyers are going good. They are finished!

    Melanie-do you want me to meet with you and Sarah tomorrow? Let me know what else I can do to help. Everything is coming together so great and looks really good! My number is 574-529-3630 if you want to text me and let me know. Thanks!

    Francisca

    1. Unknown User (buchanam)

      Francisca, we'd love it if you could join us.  Folding and printing sounds like so much fun, huh??

      Mel

      1. Unknown User (buchanam)

        Ok, I'm dumb, because apparently I don't know where the breezeway is...I was thinking a different building, I guess.  Nonetheless, I am in the basement computer lab if you get this.

        Or if you don't get this, I can print out the brochures tonight too. 

        Francisca, do you need help printing the flyers?

        Mel

  80. Unknown User (buchanam)

    Hey Erica!  We need to adapt your lesson plan to use mindmeister as part of the lesson.  Is is possible for you to do it this evening?  Thanks!

    Mel

  81. Unknown User (siddings)

    Ok guys a new file is uploaded in the attachments section to print the updated brocure.

    50 copies takes about $12.00, so print what you can.

    Thanks!

    Sarah

    1. Unknown User (buchanam)

      SARAH AND FRANCISCA.  The brochures are wrong!  One side is facing one direction, the other side is upside down.  You have to fix the duplex printing to say flip over.

      I hope you get this!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  82. Unknown User (kfabrici)

    Hey, I'm not going to be able to make it at 3:30 today.  If you still need more brochures printed though, let me know and send me the file.  I can try to go print some tonight.

  83. Unknown User (siddings)

    Hey Melanie!!

    I did NOT print! I will go tommorow and do it.. Thanks for the post.

  84. Unknown User (ebeaver)

    Melanie,

      I just edited my document.  However, again, I am not sure how to upload it correctly on site.  I already attached the link, but here is my lesson plan if you could post it on the website I would be eternally grateful! THANKS!

    Kindergarten

    Shapes and Colors

    Overview

    Students will learn how to identify different colors and create patterns.

    Objectives

    -Students will learn the basic colors of red, orange, blue, green, yellow and purple
    -Students will place these colors in simple patterns of 3

    Standards

    -Mathematics K.3
    -Mathematics K.4
    -Science K.5
    -Fine Arts K.7

    Materials

    -Construction Paper
    Scissors for each student
    -Glue for each student
    -Small Styrofoam cup for each student
    -White piece of construction paper for each student
    -A pen

    Procedure

    1.     Have each student come to the front table one at a time and pick from three
    different colors of construction paper. They should also retrieve their Styrofoam cup.
    2.     Have the students pick up a white piece of construction paper as well.
    They should have a pair of scissors and a glue stick with them at their seat.
    3.     Have the students take their materials back to their desk.
    4.      Tell them to trace the top of the Styrofoam cup on their paper 5 times.
    5.     Repeat step 4 with all the different colors of construction paper. (They should have
     a total of 15 circles, 5 from each of the 3 different colored pieces of construction paper.)
    6.     Use the scissors to cut out all the 15 different colored circles they have just traced.
    7.     Throw the extra pieces of scrap construction paper away.
    8.     Glue the 15 circles on the white piece of paper in a pattern. Make sure to tell the students to keep the pattern the same and that their pattern will look differently from the other students around them.
    9. Students will then use a mindmeister mind map to record data about each color.  The
    students will label each color and then think of objects that are each specific color. The
    teacher will assess the mind maps to make sure each object is the appropriate color.

    Evaluation

    A worksheet of colors will be handed out and each student will be grades on the correct classification of each color.

    1. Unknown User (buchanam)

      Sarah, did you figure out Jing?  I tried it, but I cannot figure out how to get it on to the site. 

      Mel

      1. Unknown User (siddings)

        No yet...I am working with it. I did email Kevin about having background, which he said we can't do, its not possible on this wiki site with or restrictions, and he said if I needed anything else to let him know, so I messaged him back about adding video. I'll let you know as soon as he lets me know.

        Sarah

  85. Unknown User (siddings)

    JOSH,

    I was wondeing if you would care to attach the powerpoint. I was thining it may look nice to tie it into our other literature by adding some of the same graphics that we have on our flyers and brochures.....If you attach it I can work on it, then attach it back, and you can let me know what you think.

    Thanks,

    Sarah

    1. Unknown User (nelsonjs)

      Attached....do what every you feel like to make it a better powerpoint...

      Josh

  86. Unknown User (siddings)

    Also, did anyone have success with printing the brochures today?

  87. Unknown User (siddings)

    Melanie,

    How many lesson plans are there total?

    4?

  88. Unknown User (siddings)

    Do you guys like the new created by? Or should we go back to the old?

    1. Unknown User (buchanam)

      Hey Sarah! We have 8 lesson plans. I think I'm going to do another one or two tonight.

      I really like the mind map with our names...that's a great idea!

      I tried to do a jing video too, but I cannot seem to make it work...Kevin said something about the embedded code, but I cannot find that (I made my own little video on how to use mindmeister, LOL!). 

      I printed 100 flyers.  The brochures can be done, but we just have to go to duplex printing and put in "flip over."  I will print more tomorrow correctly, LOL!

      I also added a picture of the different languages on a map in the international section...I'm not sure why it looks so pixelated, but I'll keep working on it.

      1. Unknown User (siddings)

        Hey, I am in contact with Kevin, I should be able to get the video done. Ill get you updated.

  89. Unknown User (buchanam)

    Hi guys! I uploaded the map of the room tomorrow...that's where we will meet!

    Mel

  90. Unknown User (tpauley)

    Hey guys, sorry I couldn't make it, 5 works just fine, I assume this place is on the first floor.

  91. Unknown User (siddings)

    Hey guys,

    If you look at the table arrangments we are placed right beside Bubbl. we need to be sure to have counter information since their wiki directly mentiones us and how they are superior. I will try to find stuff if anyone else can help that would be great!

  92. Unknown User (siddings)

    Also..the poster is going to cost like 25.00? Do you guys think its worth it, and if so does anyone want to go in on it.

    Let me know,

    Sarah

    1. Unknown User (buchanam)

      I can help contribute to the poster. If everyone puts in about $3.50, we could have it covered no problem. 

      I think its worth it, and will help out.

      I added another lesson plan too!

    2. Unknown User (buchanam)

      I added the screen shot from jing.  Yes or no?  What do you think?

      1. Unknown User (siddings)

        I like the screen shot! looks nice. YEs

  93. Unknown User (flhoffma)

    The screenshot looks great, and yeah the 3.50 is definately worth it. Also, some of the pictures got messed up in the last section but I don't know where they are supposed to go! If someone sends me the attatchment for the brochures I will print some out. See you guys tomorrow!

    -Francisca

    1. Unknown User (siddings)

      Hey,

      There weren't any pictures in the last section I am adding some now, so they are in the process..lol..thats why they look messed up. Also, the brochure is attached under the attachements up beside the tools icon on the top right of the page.

      1. Unknown User (buchanam)

        Great job on the last minute crunch! I love the page! 

        Josh were you able to get some brochures printed? How many do we have?  Tyler & Kaitlin are you able to print some today?  The comp lab in the math building is where the color printers are. 

        I will do 50 more on the correct side, LOL.

        Mel

        1. Unknown User (siddings)

          Hey Mel,

          Can you call me. 740-237-9415

          Sarah

          1. Unknown User (buchanam)

            Hi Sarah! I will call you as soon as I get out of physics.

            Mel

  94. Unknown User (siddings)

    JOSH,

    I attached the powerpoint back, its renames MINDMEISTER. I changed the color and added some images...If kept the file you sent me up there incase you dont like it.

    Let me know,

    Sarah

  95. Unknown User (kfabrici)

    Hi Mel,

    I can bring $3.50 with me tonight for the poster.  Also, I get out of class at 3:20, and I can try to go print some brochures then.  Can you send me the file?

  96. Unknown User (ebeaver)

    Hey guys! everything looks really great, i think we are going to do awesome. ill bring money tonight to help chip in for the poster.

    Mel..by the way..we printed 100 brochures yesterday and they are all folded and ready!

    See you are 5 tonight!

    1. Unknown User (buchanam)

      Fantastic! I printed 50 more today, as well.

      I also printed out a really large mind map in case the poster isn't enough. I have to find a way to mount it though!

      Kaitlin, the brochure is listed under attachments (up at the top of this page, click on add, then attachments).

      Mel

      1. Unknown User (siddings)

        I am glad you printed a large mindmap...I dont know about the poster.

        1. Unknown User (buchanam)

          Does anyone have poster board?  If not, let me know, and I'll pick some up before I get to the room. 

          We can put together several other posters with stuff if anyone has time.  The more the merrier!

          Mel

  97. Unknown User (buchanam)

    I am going to buy some balloons, so I might be a few minutes after 5:00 pm tonight.

    1. Unknown User (tpauley)

      So I am in the lab in stewart, where exactly can I meet you guys?