Inspiring and Organizing your Writing through Mind Mapping

Sometimes organizing your ideas for writing is as difficult as putting them down on paper.  Some like to set down an outline of ideas organized by theme, topic or chronology, but sometimes the collection of ideas doesn’t fall into a suitable organization well or right away…

Most are familiar with the process of mind mapping, getting ideas out of your brain and into a map of connected ideas. Mind mapping helps to see connections that might not be obvious at first. The reason mind mapping can be so useful is that there are very few rules to how you can organize your ideas…

Some key characteristics of mind mapping are illustrated below (taken from http://www.mindmapping.com):

The five essential characteristics of Mind Mapping:

  • The main idea, subject or focus is crystallized in a central image.
  • The main themes radiate from the central image as ‘branches’.
  • The branches comprise a key image or key word drawn or printed on its associated line.
  • Topics of lesser importance are represented as ‘twigs’ of the relevant branch.
  • The branches form a connected nodal structure.

When preparing to write, online mind mapping tools can be particularly helpful and easy to use.

Consider trying out a few the next time you need to iron out a new organization for a piece you have to write. Don’t forget, writing assignments such as mind mapping can also be a group activity with other collaborators helping to suggest new ideas and connections in each other’s maps.

Prezi

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http://prezi.com

https://prezi.com/1vno843ijfdz/presentation-tips/

Spicynodes

 

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http://www.spicynodes.org

Inspiration

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http://inspiration.com

http://www.inspiration.com/inspiration (Click on map view for a short video on mind mapping)

Additional resources:

Online Collaboration: An Interview with Ginger Spivey

Ginger Spivey, Art Matters instructor, shares tips and tricks as well as the methods and tools she used in her class to establish an environment where collaboration amongst students could thrive. In the interview she explains how she uses GoogleDocs and WordPress as tools for collaborative projects. She also mentions the challenges in establishing a collaborative environment when “students start getting really caught up with the traditional structure in higher education.” Spivey encourages her students to focus more on the final, collaborative products rather than what individuals do because that way of thinking can hinder a collaborative process. You can hear more details on collaborative process and the tools she uses in this interview below.

Ginger Spivey Interview on Collaboration

CAA Sponsored Webinars on Fair Use

In your teaching, have you ever wondered whether your use of copyrighted works of scholarship and art are permitted under Fair Use? Are you familiar with the four factors to weigh fair use in teaching? CAA is sponsoring a series of webinars on the topic starting this Friday.

CAA Fair Use

Register and view them on your own:
https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/5040792786612356609

  OR

Come to the Teaching Technology Center and view with your MICA Colleagues. See schedule below.

All webinars will be broadcast in the new home of Academic Technology @ MICA in the Teaching Technology Center, Bunting 180.

The following webinars will cover these topics:

April 10, 2015, 1:00-2:00 PM (EDT): Fair Use in Scholarship
May 15, 2015, 1:00-2:00 PM (EDT): Fair Use in Teaching and Art Practice
May 29, 2015, 1:00-2:00 PM (EDT): Fair Use in Museums and Archives
June 5, 2015, 1:00-2:00 PM (EDT): Fair Use in the Visual Arts: A Review

Please RSVP to acadtech@mica.edu if you plan to attend in person. Archives of each webinar will also be made available.

For more information about copyright and fair use, here are some additional resources:

Know Your Copy Rights
http://knowyourcopyrights.org/bm~doc/kycrbrochurebw.pdf

MICA’s
 IP 
Policy
– Key
Points
http://www.mica.edu/Documents/Provost/IPpolicypoints.pdf

Google and more!

We have created a Youtube playlist of some great introductions and tutorials on Google Apps that you can use via Google Drive to improve connectivity and interactivity in classrooms. Some apps/videos you may have heard of like Google Docs or Google Forms are included in the playlist. In videos of Google Apps for Education, you can view how to create a survey, explore data visualization, and other advanced features.

In addition to videos on those familiar apps, we also feature on the playlist others like Pear Deck which can help you create an interactive classroom using polling, question and answer slides, and other creative presentation features. You can also find a video on Conceptboard which allows you to work collaboratively online on a group project.

You can check out the first video of the playlist below. You can also browse through the playlist to find videos that interest you and that are relevant to your teaching by clicking the playlist icon in the upper left corner of the video.

How to Integrate 3D Printing into the Classroom

If you missed the 3D printing webcast this week, click here to view an archive!

http://bit.ly/1F9b1An

In this webinar, several examples of how the Savannah College of Art and Design has benefitted from their use of 3D printing will be discussed. To name a few, students have worked to create custom fishing lures, a proprietary clip for a custom bag line, as well as detailed parts for the Fossil watch company.

Telling a Linear Narrative on a Timeline using “Timeline JS”

Teaching history can often require presenting a chronology or a timeline of events. Timeline JS is an online timeline creation tool and a great resource that can be used to present a linear narrative in an interactive, intuitive, and organized way.

Timeline JS is easy to use by just following a few steps outlined in the video above and summarized briefly below:

  • Go to http://timeline.knightlab.com
  • Then click “Make a timeline now”
  • The website will walk you through a few steps:
    • Download the Google Spreadsheet template provided
    • Add the necessary information on the template. Information should contain dates and can include text, YouTube video, SoundCloud audio, images, etc.
    • When you finish adding all of the information you would like to be on your timeline, click File, Publish to the Web in the Google Spreadsheet menu
    • Google will generate a link that will need to be pasted on the Timeline JS website in step number 3: Copy/Paste Spreadsheet URL
    • Click Preview if you want to preview your timeline.
    • In Step 4 you can find a code to embed the finished timeline in a site of your choosing (such as Moodle, WordPress or another web site).

Below is a more detailed video that you can follow for more information.

There are other timeline/mapping tools out there with different approaches to storytelling that may suit your unique teaching style.

Here are some examples:

If geography and maps are more relevant to your teaching material, try Storymap JS to organize and present chronological events on geographical maps.

If you want to tell story about a picture where you can zoom in for example to point out brush strokes or a certain painting technique or to compare and contrast paintings pr pictures, try Gigapixel.

These are some easy ways to engage students in content while incorporating technology into your teaching. Try them out!