Coggle is a browser-based, collaborative, brainstorming, mind-mapping application. Log in with your Google Account. Add it as an extension in Chrome or use online in other browsers.
MindMapping tools help organize thoughts and present information visually. If the mind map app is collaborative, students can work together to plan projects or create visuals as part of a project.
How would use of this app fit in my curricular goals? Besides the obvious collaboration for their projects, they could use the app for review of apps to learn more about digital citizenship — features, purpose, terms, privacy, ownership. So many times students don’t look at any of that. This brings that perspective.
My Digital Citizenship Coggle explains an outline students could use to review apps for their appropriateness, features, and terms with examples and a recommendation. The Instagram coggle demonstrates this. They could use this to persuade districts to allow the use of apps using their argumentative skills [and using Coggle to outline their argument as well].
I found the app easy to use once I learned about the new menus. Just hover over an area and hold down the control key to see these menus:
Here are collaborators and comments: