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Digital Notetaking to Ignite Their Minds. Let’s Brainstorm with Mobile Devices! 15+ Free Apps for IOS/Android. Posted by Shelly Terrell on Friday, March 29th 2013 Part of the Mobile Learning Series! “You can have brilliant ideas, but if you can’t get them across, your ideas won’t get you anywhere.” – Lee Iacocca quotes Brainstorming is an important process that helps improve writing, organizes group ideas, inspires discussion, and provides a roadmap for projects. When brainstorming is combined with sketching, drawing, and thinking on graphic organizers, it helps learners to organize their thoughts for better flow and cohesion.

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. Our learners can utilize free mobile apps to brainstorm on the go whenever they feel inspired. Free Brainstorming Apps Idea Sketch IOS/Android Mindmapping App- Draw a diagram, mind map, concept map, or flow chart and convert it to a text outline and vice versa. Check out my bookmarks on PearlTrees. Help Them Brainstorm! 50+ Tips & Resources. Posted by Shelly Terrell on Friday, December 20th 2013 Included in the Digital Tips Advent Calendar and part of the Effective Technology Integration category “An idea, like a ghost, must be spoken to a little before it will explain itself.” – Charles Dickens Brainstorming is an important process that students should do frequently so it becomes a ritual they continue throughout their lives.

Students need to get into the habit of spending time with their thoughts, fleshing them out, and discovering the best way way to feed their inspiration. Brainstorming helps improve writing, organizes ideas, inspires discussion, and provides a roadmap for projects. Storyboarding Storyboards are useful when integrating multimedia projects such as making movies and various digital storytelling projects.

Graphic Organizers Graphic organizers help categorize and organize thoughts and ideas to make connections the way the brain does. These are some of my favorite tools and resources: More Resources Challenge: iTDi + Shelly Terrell: Learning to go, webinar notes 1 | iLoveTEFL by Christina Rebuffet-Broadus. At the beginning of March, I signed up for one of iTDi’s Advanced Teaching Skills Courses: Language Learning to Go, led by the brilliantissime Shelly Terrell, who is probably about as near to a living encyclopedia of apps, mobile learning, and the joys of Web 2.0-based learning as anyone’s ever seen.

Shelly and iTDi (International Teacher Development Institute) have set the course up on a private Google+ community (the course is not free, but for what you get out of it, it’s a steal at $50) and during the week the learners (me and about 30 other teachers in various places around the world) have “missions” to complete, consolidated by weekly webinars hosted by Shelly and iTDi faculty member Barbara Sakamoto. Continuing with my experiment in sketchnoting, I’d like to share some of the tips and tools we learned about in the first weekly webinar. Anyway, here are the notes–hope you get something out of them!

P. 1-2 p. 3-4 p. 5-6 p. 7-8 -Howard Rheingold’s Peeragogy and Co-learning theories. How to create sketchnotes on an iPad? Brainstorming. Mindmapping. Graphic/ Writing Organizers. Sticky Notes & Boards. Shelly Terrell (shellyterrell)'s Public Profile in the Diigo Community. American TESOL Webinar: Teaching Writing with Graphic Organizers. Webinar overview – Graphic Organisers. Preface If you access the link to the recording it would be great if you would just leave a short comment on this post to let me know. I would really like to know if it is useful to people when I post the overviews & recording links Introduction One of those rare sessions where I was not actually there! I was laid low by a migraine and was unable to join this exciting recorded session by Shelly Terrell.

The Session Shelly began with some introductory information and talked about the most simple forms of graphic organiser. The next part of the session included a variety of ideas on using GO with students – Shelly showed us some great images of mind maps/GO from her students. Next Shelly used Application Share to share a wiki with links for a wide variety of graphic organisers/mindmapping. Finally it was a return to the original graphic organiser to complete the “what as been learnt” and “how to find out more” sections. Conclusion Next Webinar In the Future. eTools for Language Teachers. Sketchnoting (or visual note-taking)(Click here for a presentation called "Sketchnoting for Beginners". Click here to see my sketchnotes on Flickr.) She told me that she made them with an iPad app called “Paper by fifty-three”. Well, I immediately downloaded the app and my journey into sketchnoting began.

Sketchnoting is simply a way to take notes in a more visually attractive way than bullet points. Some people use traditional pen and paper, but my tech-inclined self prefers the iPad version. Silvia’s preferred app for sketchnoting is “Paper by fifty-three”, while I preferred FlipInk when I first started out because you can upload photos, type text, add lines for guidance, and change the thickness and lightness of your pen. When I began sketchnoting, I became frustrated because: I couldn’t figure out exactly how the apps workedI didn’t have a proper stylusI’m a terrible artist and I wasn’t sure that I had the skills to be proficient. Here is how I resolved my issues: Laura Gilchrist, Kids Enjoy Reading, Dry Erase to Uncap Creativity. And IdeaPaint: Creating an Interactive Classroom [Video] - Evernote Blog. We’re big fans of IdeaPaint, a special kind of paint that can turn anything into a dry-erase writing surface (you can read more about it here). When you combine IdeaPaint’s ability turn any wall or surface into a canvas and Evernote’s ability to capture, archive and make that surface searchable, the possibilities for turning any room into an interactive environment are endless.

These two products come together in a particularly exciting way in a classroom environment, which can become a more creative and engaging place to learn. When geography teacher Mike Curta reached out to us about his plans to transform his Eisenhower High School classroom using IdeaPaint and Evernote, we knew we wanted to learn more. Throughout the school year, Mike kept us updated with his progress by sending photos and email updates about the learning environment he created and the positive results he was observing.

Evernote and IdeaPaint: Classroom Spotlight, Eisenhower High School from Evernote on Vimeo. Blackboard Collaborate. Blackboard Collaborate. Education: IdeaPaint Tables in action after Rachel's Challenge assembly. Visual Tour: Our day using IdeaPaint-ed Tables to respond to Rachel's Challenge. Part I: Backstory to Rachel's Challenge assembly at NMMS Story setting: A sunny and hot Friday; September 6, 2013Rachel's Challenge presentation is today; we have one every 3 years so all 6, 7, 8 graders experience it.6th graders have heard team teachers say: It's powerful and moving; all 3 team teachers cry by the end of it.

I learned out loud during the assembly using Twitter and pictures. Because I learned out loud, the kids were able to use my takeaways back in the classroom. Our Rachel's Challenge facilitator was someone we thought looked familiar but we couldn't quite put our finger on. Hmmm. I stopped and introduced myself to Michael Dorsey afterwards and thanked him for his energy and leadership. Back I go to tell my 2nd hour this news, but first I tweeted this out. The story gets better. The ladies in yellow and blue stayed to help clean up at the end of 2nd hour. Well, these girls knew one other girl who SO wanted to meet Michael Dorsey. How class unfolded: IdeaPaint | Engage Their Minds. Welcome to another Phun Phriday! And this one promises to be fabulous! RSCON starts today, Friday, October 11th! It’s not too late to sign up for one of the 100’s of sessions that will be offered online for free from today through Sunday evening.

Click here to learn more! One of the presenters during RSCON is Laura Gilchrist. Her Saturday morning session is called, “Dry Erase Surfaces in the Classroom: Uncap Creativity, Expression, and Enthusiasm for Learning.” Check out this page from the IdeaPaint site that shows other examples of IdeaPaint in schools. I like the idea that you can use other colors besides white! Like this: Like Loading... The Inventor of Dry Erase Whiteboard Paint Coating | IdeaPaint™ Buy Now We exist for one simple reason: to fundamentally improve the way people work.

IdeaPaint was born from this very notion, a frustration with the way ideas were shared and coworkers collaborated. How can you think big when you write small? How can you harness the collective intelligence when it's awkward to share what's inside your own head? We could see the writing on the wall. Exploration leads to discovery. IdeaPaint is proven on the walls of the world's most innovative and successful companies. IdeaPaint is more than a tool. Leave your mark™ Order a sample Link to product pages Book a presentation to learn more. Inkflow: The Visual Thinking App for iPad, iPhone, and iPod Touch. Visual Thinkers Rejoice! Inkflow works like a Word Processor for Visual Thinking.

Capture your ideas as easily as with pen and paper, then arrange and reorganize them with your fingers! If you're like us, you've been looking hard for the perfect (th)inking App. Yet something always seems to be missing, be it speed, flexibility, or just plain elegance. Well, we think we've finally cracked it. Digital Writing Done Right. Inkflow's ink feels like a really smooth fountain pen. Literally move your thoughts around the page, and assemble big ideas with your fingers. Full Resolution Zoom. Zoom and pan with two fingers. Inkport: Copy and Paste from the Real World Only Inkflow Plus includes the revolutionary Inkport tool. Text, Photos, and Paper Stationery Too. Insert text boxes and photos anywhere on the page and resize them seamlessly with the ink. Try Inkflow for Free Rather than just read about Inkflow, go ahead and try it out: We've decided to make the Basic Edition of Inkflow completely FREE.

Sketch Notes. ColorNote® is a simple and awesome notepad app. It gives you a quick and simple notepad editing experience when you write notes, memos, e-mails, messages, shopping lists and to-do lists. Taking notes with ColorNote® Notepad is easier than any other notepad or memo pad app. * Notice *- If you cannot find the widget, then please read the FAQ below.- When you're finished using the notepad, an automatic save command preserves your individual note. * Product Description *ColorNote® features two basic note taking formats, a lined-paper styled text option, and a checklist option.

. - Taking a Note -Serving as a simple word processing program, the text option allows for as many characters as you're willing to type. . - Making To-do List or Shopping List -In the checklist mode, you can add as many items as you'd like and arrange their order with drag buttons activated in the edit mode. . * FAQ *Q: How do you put a sticky note widget on the home screen? Q: Where are backed up notes data on the SD card? Visual Notetaking 101 – Visual Notetaking. Sketchnotes – Visual Notetaking. Sketcho Frenzy: The Basics of Visual Note-taking.

Sketchnoting. Blogging for English-Language Learners. Blogging is a very powerful tool in and of itself. Whether it's a personal or professional blog, blogging has the power to unleash learning, reflection, and communication. Even more, a blog can help spread your words and ideas to a wider audience and, as a result, a wider reach. Blogging for English-language learners (ELLs) can tap into students' and teachers' utmost communicative potential and help expand and widen learning opportunities. Benefits of Blogging It's important for the teacher to discuss the benefit of blogging with her or his students, as this will inform how they learn through it. Provides an opportunity for reflection by students and their teacher Opens up student writing to a wider audience Provides an opportunity to practice writing and communication skills Builds a learning support community Empowers student voice Provides a platform for peer feedback Motivates and engages students in higher-level communicative learning.

(Click image to enlarge.) Blogging for Students. Sketchnotes – Visual Notetaking. Popplet Examples from our Teachers - Skill Snack. Sketchnoting FOR Learning. Materials writing | iLoveTEFL by Christina Rebuffet-Broadus. Last week (March 5, 2014 to be precise), Sue Kay and Karen Spiller of ELT Teacher2Writer led an hour-long webinar titled “How to Become an ELT Materials Writer.” The event was full of useful insider info on how the whole publishing industry works, the knowledge good writers need, and tips for aspiring authors from both publishers and accomplished writers.

Rather than just write up classic verbal notes with their outlines, bullet points, and line after line of text-text-text like I usually do (which usually ends up stuffed on a shelf somewhere, sadly to rarely be read again), I decided to try something different: sketchnoting. While not all ideas are captured, I tried to get the essentials, sketch them up into something visual and memorable, all the while hoping they would make some sense to someone who didn’t attended the webinar.

I’ll let you decide… p. 1-2 p. 3-4 p. 5-6 (end) Hopefully the notes are helpful (and pretty to look at)! Sketchnoting. Sketchnoting 101: How To Create Awesome Visual Notes -UX Mastery. SketchNotes. Quicklyst - take better notes. Diigo Browser. Sunni Brown: Doodlers, unite! Backchannel Tools. Internet Catalogue. Backchannel - Shelly Terrell on Diigo. Sketchnoting FOR Learning.

More and more people have asked about the sketchnotes you see sprinkled throughout the Langwitches blog. I was thrilled when Felix Jacomino, organizer of Miami Device, asked me to do a Sketchnoting 101 workshop at the conference this upcoming Friday. Here is the slidedeck, I have been working on and a few resources that have helped me wrap my mind around Sketchnoting FOR learning and develop a few skills and strategies along the way. In a nutshell, I have learned 3 things, since I started dabbling with doodling You don’t have to be an artist ( I am not…)The process of thinking involved AS you are creating the sketchnote about a topic is “mindblowing”.Sketchnoting helps me process and digest a talk, wrap my mind around a large amount of information and organize my thoughts better.

I am using sketchnoting as part of my learning process. Links & Resources: Books: Related Sketchnoting and Yet Another Dimension 24. In "Collaboration" Great PD Opportunity: Miami Device 4. In "Conferences" Drawing conclusions. Giulia Forsythe at Faculty Academy 2012. (25) Sketchnoting on Pinterest | 51 Pins. Visual Notes - an album on Flickr. Mind maps - an album on Flickr. The 5 Cs in Education: What If… Sketchnoting in the Process. After my sketchnoting workshop at Miami Device, I was asked to record my process of CREATING the sketchnotes. I used Airserver to mirror my iPad display to my laptopUsed Screenflow to record myself sketching the main points of the presentationUsed Screenflow to speed up the recorded footage from 30+ minutes to 2.5 minutesExported, then imported into iMovie to add credtits and music This was the first time doing a screencast this way for me…there are a few kinks that I still need to work out (how to NOT record the screenflow toolbar).

[The sketchnotes created in the video below were NOT created live, but AFTER, I had created the slide deck already} Here is the slide deck for the presentation Related Sketchnoting and Yet Another Dimension Experimenting with sketchnoting as note taking and as visual summaries and slide design has been an area of intense interest for me over the past six months. 24. In "Collaboration" Evolution of Note Taking: New Forms Note taking is a big topic among educators. Rebeca Zuñiga (@rebezuniga) | Twitter... Popplet. Learning about Visual Notetaking from Giulia Forsythe. Flipboard. Developing Your Digital Study Skills. Penultimate.

Super Note: Recorder, Notes, Memos. Free. for iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4, iPhone 4S, iPhone 5, iPod touch (3rd generation), iPod touch (4th generation), iPod touch (5th generation) and iPad on the iTunes App Store. EvoNotes Pro (Take note & annotate pdf, Pen Pro, Word processor plus) for iPhone. App 8. Free Android Note Taking Apps for Teachers and Students. 10 Great, Free Apps for Students for Notetaking and Class Planning. Google Keep, Google's Note Taking App, get's some improvements and new features. Research Management for Professionals, Web and PDF Annotation | WebNotes. Home : Firefox free-addon to bookmark, collect, organize and share the information. Cheaper than Ideapaint... Anyone have first hand experience using both? $/Sqft.

Taking Notes from Research Reading. Geek to Live: Take great notes. Lite: freeware Personal database, PIM, organizer, notes manager, text editor and search engine. Snip!t - intelligent bookmark management and information sharing at MyStickies. Notebook G is your life organizer! Quicklyst - take better notes. Don't Miss These Awesome Note Taking Apps for iPad. Rust-Oleum Dry Erase Paint.