Grade: 7th
Topic Learned: Earth Science
Subject: climate, weather, air density and pressure
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Bubbl.us is a fantastic online source for teachers that allows both teachers and students to brainstorm and create mind maps together. This video is intended for grade levels 3-12. Bubbl.us can be used for all subjects and topics. My video is showing a review map for a test on climate and weather with information that children in seventh grade should be able to describe. I feel that bubbl.us can be used for anything from creating a mind map for a writing assignment that must be shared before a draft is able to be started or even as a way to plan with parents for a holiday party ideas they may have. Bubbl.us allows users to share their mind maps with other users by creating groups. These shared maps can be edited by others users and can be created as read only mind maps. Browse bubbl.us and you will not be disappointed! If you have any awesome ideas for using bubbl.us in the classroom comment below! I would love to hear them!


By using bubbl.us in the classroom in the examples I have listed above, you are meeting the following NETS-S:

1. Creativity and Innovation
Students demonstrate creative thinking, construct knowledge, and develop innovative products and processes using technology.
a. Apply existing knowledge to generate new ideas, products, or processes
b. Create original works as a means of personal or group expression
c. Use models and simulations to explore complex systems and issues

2. Communication and Collaboration
Students use digital media and environments to communicate and work collaboratively, including at a distance, to support individual learning and contribute to the learning of others.
a. Interact, collaborate, and publish with peers, experts, or others employing a variety of digital environments and media

4. Critical Thinking, Problem Solving, and Decision Making
Students use critical thinking skills to plan and conduct research, manage projects, solve problems, and make informed decisions using appropriate digital tools and resources.
a. Identify and define authentic problems and significant questions for investigation

5. Digital Citizenship
Students understand human, cultural, and societal issues related to technology and practice legal and ethical behavior.
a. Advocate and practice safe, legal, and responsible use of information and technology
b. Exhibit a positive attitude toward using technology that supports collaboration, learning, and productivity
c. Demonstrate personal responsibility for lifelong learning
d. Exhibit leadership for digital citizenship

6. Technology Operations and Concepts
Students demonstrate a sound understanding of technology concepts, systems, and operations.
a. Understand and use technology systems
b. Select and use applications effectively and productively
c. Troubleshoot systems and applications


 


Comments

Natalie D'Amico
02/25/2013 6:47pm

This is such a great website that I have never heard of before! I will definitely keep this in mind when I have a classroom of my own. I think that your example is a great way to show how useful bubbl can be in higher grade levels for reviewing information. Another idea that I thought of was that you could use this during class to help students both brainstorm and visually see each part of the web during a writing assignment. I know that in early elementary school many students need a lot of scaffolding during the writing process, so i think that using something like bubbl would be a great way to teach your students how to organize their thoughts into a paragraph.

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Jessica Sobel
02/27/2013 12:06pm

This is such a great website to use in your classroom because there are some many different ways you can use it effectively. Like you said you can use it before tests to supply the students some topics that they should keep in mind when they study. This is a nice break form the normal study guide for students. It is also nice for them to be able to create their own for the test so you can determine if they are studying the correct topics. I like the idea that they can share their bubbles with each other. Nice job!

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Samantha Dalton
02/27/2013 12:59pm

This is such a great idea! I remember how much mind maps helped me in school and they still do! I like the idea of giving it to students so they know what to study as well as having them make their own and share it with each other. Good job!

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Morgan Keating
02/27/2013 6:21pm

I love this website! I have never heard of it before but I think it could be extremely useful! To this day I am a very visual learner so these maps would really help me learn and I think they would help just about anyone. I love the fact that you can share your map with others so this way everyone can be prepared for a future exam if that's what they are using it for! Great job!

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Caitlyn Przybysz
02/28/2013 8:34pm

I have never heard of this before. This is a really cool concept too! This is also a great way to check your students understanding. This is also a great way to see what your students are thinking and so that you can stay on top of where your students are and where they are in their understanding. Great tutorial showing what all bubbl.us has to offer.

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Kyle Bechtel
03/01/2013 12:02pm

This is a really awesome website. I have never heard of it before but it is something that I can see myself using in the future. I really enjoyed your video and your blog post!

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Abby Arseneau
03/01/2013 1:14pm

This is a pretty cool website. I remember having to make word maps like this in school. These are great for visual learners because everything is set out and intertwines around all the topics. Godd job with your video!

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