Have you seen Bubbl.us? It is a free service that allows you to diagram and brainstorm online with webs. The site boasts:
“Why use bubbl.us? Because you can:
- Create colorful mind maps online
- Share and work with friends
- Embed your mind map in your blog or website
- Email and print your mind map
- Save your mind map as an image”
How cool is that? I am using it to store webs online for peer review and discussion. In addition, I don’t need to worry about whether or not people have the software to view my web. Instead, they can go to bubbl.us and view it without software. Think of brainstorming in your classroom if your school does not have web software like Inspiration or Kidspiration. You now have a free alternative! You can customize the bubbles with fill color, and make main idea bubbles as well as several sub-topic bubbles. Zooming in and out allows you to view the web easily as it grows in size. Here is a sample web that I created on Bubbl.us. This is just a small section of a very large web AND I don’t need to worry about saving it to thumb drive since it is saved online.
See the controls on the bubble in the bottom right of the picture above? These are all the controls you will need to create a web within minutes. You can change the color of the bubbles, link to other bubbles, or create new ones within seconds. I find it to be a great alternative to use when Inspiration is not available.