Graphic Organizers: Web Tools and Resources
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Learning can often feel like a tedious cognitive process for learners. Graphic organizers help learners categorize and organize their thoughts and ideas! Moreover, learners can make connections to previous knowledge and expand on what they already know. This means the brain will process the new information into long-term memory. I integrate organizers regularly into my lessons as a pre-task, post task, to spark creativity, or to support learners' literacy skills. Below is a list of resources along with the slideshow free to download.
Storyboards are useful when integrating multimedia projects such as making movies and various digital storytelling projects. These are some of my favorite storyboarding templates and resources:
- Google Templates- Teachers post their ready made templates for you to adapt for your needs. My students copy my Google template and fill it out. I've adapted quite a few and have also used their rubrics. Saves me tons of time.
- My storyboard template for creating a movie and a Choose Your Own Adventure movie storyboard template.
- Bernajean Porter has great templates to download.
- Kevin Hodgson has some storyboards I've used with 4 to 6 year-olds and are suitable for many ages.
- Here's a free storyboarding web tool with a library of characters.
- Try using Buncee, Comics Head, or another comic creation tool to create a storyboard. Students fill in the frames and have access to a library of free characters, scenes, backgrounds, and captions.
- Makebeliefscomix.com 350+ Free Printables Graphic organizers as writing prompts
- Mindmapping! Concept Mapping!
- Shellyterrell.com/notetaking Collaborative brainstorming
- Prezi Scribblar Twiddla Google Docs MindMeister Dabbleboard Skrbl BigMarker TitanPad ConceptBoard Collaborative brainstorming
- Linoit.com Padlet.com & iPad App
- Read Write Think's Interactive Cube for writing mysteries, biographies, and other stories
- Lucid Chart is a fantastic tool for web and mobile graphic organizers! Students can collaborate and they have many options.
- Teachnology has many kid friendly graphic organizers. You can use free apps like Educreations to have students fill them out on their mobile devices
- Creat.ly provides various templates and types of graphic organizers for different kinds of projects.
- Grafio Lite- iOS app for creating flow charts and visually organizing ideas.
- Canva- iPad app and web tool for creating visually beautiful posters and infographics.
- Ease.ly- iPad app and web tool for creating
- Popplet web/IOS App- The browser base app provides collaborative mindmapping. Students can support text with images from Flickr or Youtube videos. They can upload their own. Embeddable.
- EduCreations iPad app- Interactive whiteboard and screen recording app. Ability to include images taken and from the web and narrate with audio. Creates a video that can be embedded. Students can record their brainstorming while creating their mindmaps.
- ShowMe iPad app- Interactive whiteboard and screen recording app. Ability to include images and narrate with audio. Creates a video that can be embedded. Students can record their brainstorming while creating their mindmaps.
- Screen Chomp iPad app- Interactive whiteboard and screen recording app. Ability to include images and narrate with audio. Creates a video to download. Students can record their brainstorming while creating their mindmaps.
Find the tools listed above and many more resources in the bookmarks below.