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Please use this page to complete the assignment for week 1.  You can find the assignment on blackboard, but I will also post it for you below:

Begin research on your assigned application (actually get used to using it)

  • Based on the assessment guide for this INSITE project, you must  make a minimum of 3 posts on your wiki research page before March 31st.  Each of your posts must include background research and references to web and/or other sources that discuss the use of your team's specific Web 2.0 application. This assignment helps to generate the needed background references and information from which you will build your wiki chapter. This assignment is worth 6 points toward your final 70 points for project II. This is an individual assignment -- each team member needs to make a minimum of 3 posts with individual reference contributions.

Make sure you include your name before your research posts, so the TA knows which 3 posts are yours.  Also, make sure all of your information is CITED.  This will make it much easier when we go back to cite our references in the end. 

(Katelyn Kingseed)

1. is a free brainstorming web tool that allows you to create your own mind maps online, save them, share them with friends, and even embed them on your own blog, in projects, or elsewhere online.


2.  According to Ben Davis, an 11th grade English teacher, this web 2.0 technology allowed his students to "get their daily fix of networking" while also organizing their thoughts for their research papers.  He was able to create an account for himself, and the students not only networked with him, but with their other classmates.  Davis also said he was able to grade the students mind maps online and from the comfort of his own home!


3.  These mind maps created through can be printed out as they appear online, or they can be printed as html, which will print in an outline form.


4.  The creators of are Kirill Edelman from Russia, and Levon Amelyan from Kazachstan.  Both of these creators have Computer Science Degrees.


(Michael Szucs)

1. is powered by Flash, and makes it easy for anyone to quickly start planning and sorting out their ideas through the use of linked text bubbles.


2. is used in many different ways.  It can be used in brainstorming ideas for business, in creating or building up on a family tree, in creating flow charts, in creating lists (i.e. Christmas lists, shopping lists, etc.), or to come up with money-making ideas.


3.  Here is a video that shows what some elementary school students and their teacher thought about using in the classroom.  In the video, they compare with a similar program called Inspiration and talk about how is the better application.


(Hilary Almas)

1.  Both of the creators have personal websites.  Kirill Edelman's website is, but it is soon to be demolished.  Levon Amelyan's is  I went on Levon's website and it is basically an information page informing people the skills they need to have to design a webpage.



2. and Inspiration Software, Inc. are closely related.  They are both considered a "mind map" and help outline your ideas.  However, is free and lets you post your design on your webpage or blog and share your creations with friends.



(Brittany Cruz)

1. allows creates the information as it would as an outline.  This site shows the hierarchy of the information that you have written down.  This is a great tool to have because it allows you to visually see how things are being sorted, which makes it easier to later turn your ideas into a paper, if that is your intent.


2. can be very helpful in sharing your ideas with others.  You can save your mind mapping in many different files, which allows others to add on to your ideas.  You can also make your mind mapping with as many ideas that you would like.


3. has many goals for the future.  They hope to have it be allowed to be shared with anyone, and they also hope to maybe have different shapes for the bubbles.  They also want it to auto-save every few minutes.  These applications will help to save work if something happens with your computer, and it can become a little more interesting as well!


(Chloe Pugh)

1.  Steven Aitchison made a website about other uses for he said, "This is another extremely useful way to use You have seen flow charts in technical books and software manuals, and they are great visual representations for training employees to use software, follow business processes, or anywhere a yes/no situation might occur. And when processes or policies change, they can be esily updated from any computer."


2.  Steven Aitchison also said, "I am always on the lookout for new ways to make money (legally, of course) but I find that ideas pop into my head at the most awkward times. Now, whenever I have one of these ideas I write it down in the notebook I carry around and transfer it as quickly as possible to my account. When I look at the account under the 'money making ideas' file I brainstorm how I could make money from any particular idea. Then I either reject it and delete or keep it saved on the file. This has helped me tremendously in my online money making activities as I have carried out a lot of research
after brainstorming and this allows me to reject or keep an idea. It also helps my conscious mind to stop rejecting ideas immediately, which tends to happen with many people. You know what I mean: you think you have a great idea and you say 'yeah that could work' and get all excited and then 2 minutes later your conscious mind rejects it and you forget all about it. Now every idea is a viable option and your conscious mind has been bypassed, to a degree, allowing your unconscious mind to work on the idea."


3.  MindMeister and are very closely related. MindMeister is more "feature-complete," however, is said to be prettier and more fun to use. also has an endless amount of undo options. In addition, also allows the public to use and create a map without signing up for an account. However, signing up for an account is free and easy. One of the main reasons for the competition is that MindMeister will allow one to import mind maps from other applications.


(Brittany Jones)

1.  i have found some information about how to use in the classroom. the first thing that i found was basic information about the website that explained what it could be used for and who could use it. this website suggested that it only be used in classrooms grade 5 and above.


2.  another website i looked in, it was an open blog about this website. a professor had written about it and then had others to comment on the blog. something that i found to be useful was a comment from another college student who talked about the advantages of using this website with group projects and creating lesson plans.


3.  another website i found had to do with using with your business. it was strongly suggested to be used when beginning to plan out future projects, summarizing various plans, and for setting goals. it also gave a great description about how to use some of the tools on


(Wendy Towle)

1.  Some uses for teachers to use are planning, handouts and presentations, assessment, and summerize information.  Students can use for essay planning and writing, research and not taking, revision, analysing findings and events, and present concepts and diagrams.  This website gives good examples of reasons why is a good web 2.0 technology that can be used in the classroom.


2.  This website has different people comparing to different types of technologies that they have used before.  All of the people stated that was the easiest technology that they have used.  But each person did make a suggestion for another program to use that is similar to but is slightly harder to use.


3.  This website has some testimonials about how some teachers at different grade levels had great experiences with in their classrooms.  One teacher even used for her masters assignment, so this technology is not only for elementary aged students.  This technology can be used for all ages.


(Kyle Ritchey)

1.  When using you start off with a parent bubble and then add new bubbles from there.


2.  Saving and loading is simple and fast. The navigation found on the right of the website is neatly made and holds all your current projects. Multiple brainstorming projects can be saved to folders in the side bar and loaded again at any time.


3.  A printing function has also been implemented so that your newly mapped out ideas can be printed out whenever you wish.


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  1. Unknown User (karitche)

    When using you start off with a parent bubble and then add new bubbles from there.


  2. Unknown User (karitche)

    Saving and loading is simple and fast. The navigation found on the right of the website is neatly made and holds all your current projects. Multiple brainstorming projects can be saved to folders in the side bar and loaded again at any time.


  3. Unknown User (karitche)

    A printing function has also been implemented so that your newly mapped out ideas can be printed out whenever you wish.


  4. Unknown User (cmpugh)


    That was a good idea to get the creators websites! We might be able to contact them to ask questions and get insight.

  5. Unknown User (cmpugh)

    According to what a lot of people have posted, it doesn't seem like we are going to have any trouble getting information about the uses of in elementary, secondary, or business situations. I hope everyone's research went well.

  6. Unknown User (cmpugh)

    The video that Michael linked was very helpful. I recommend it!

  7. Unknown User (kkingsee)

    Kyle, I understand what you are saying when you talk about starting out with a parent cell; however, I am afraid that maybe viewers who have not visited before will not be familiar with this terminology.  Is there another way you can state this, or break down the steps for a less-informed audience?

    You are on the right track!

  8. Unknown User (kkingsee)

    Brittany Jones,  I appreciate your research into the blogs.  When you talked about a website you visited with a college student leaving comments on the many features of, could you elaborate a little bit more on what those features are that were beneficial?  This will help us out, especially you and Wendy when you are creating the lesson plans!

  9. Unknown User (kkingsee)

    Hey Michael!  I saw your comment on the similarities between Inspiration and  I actually noticed this too!  Could you tell us a little bit more about these similarities/differences, and what exactly makes better?

  10. Unknown User (mszucs)

    I will do that as soon as I can get to my computer at home so I can hear the video haha

  11. Unknown User (blcruz)

    I also thought that the video that Michael posted was interesting because it tied in with education, which showed what we can possibly do with or similar programs like it in our future teaching careers!

  12. Unknown User (blcruz)

    The information that Chloe posted about people are starting to use as a way to give people a visual with mind mapping, also shows how we can make that educational, because not only will the children be able to learn how to categorize their information, they will also be learning about the computers and how they are creating and their ideas. also makes it a little more fun because it allows us to change the colors of the information "bubbles" to the colors that we prefer.

  13. Unknown User (blcruz)

    An informational post that Katelyn posted about allowing to network with students is also a benefit to the teachers and the students.  She found a teacher that experienced using to have his students network with him, and also with their peers which can be beneficial to them because they can become more comfortable with working with each other, by brainstorming with each other and sharing their ideas!

  14. Unknown User (wtowle)

    I found that what Katelyn had said about the different ways that the mind maps can be printed out was very interesting.  It is great to know that people have an option of how they want their mind map printed.  It is also great that you can print in an outline form so that if one is writing a paper and wants to see their content more clearly rather than all the cluttered bubbles, they have their ideas in an outline format.

  15. Unknown User (wtowle)

    Micheal, I like how you found some example of uses for that can be used outside of education, such as family tree, flow chart, lists (i.e., christmas list, shopping list, etc.).  I know personally when I first saw this web 2.0 technology, the first thing that popped in my head was all the educational ways that it could be used.  However, I never would have thought to use for shopping lists, christmas lists, or even working on a family tree.  But you have shown me that can be used more than just in the classroom but also in everyday life, so I think that is a really good point that we should try to point out in our presentation besides how it can be used in the classroom.

  16. Unknown User (wtowle)

    Chloe, your example about Steven Aitchison and how he uses for his business is a really great example that we can use for the uses of for business/industry.

  17. Unknown User (halmas)

    I think one of my comments got deleted because I know I added 3.  Is it too late now?