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What parents need to know
Parents need to know that Spicynodes is a website that lets kids create "nodemaps," non-linear information layouts. Kids may get frustrated at first as they work out how maps are designed, and once they get that, there may still be some challenges organizing info this way. But it's a great mind-expander and some kids will respond to it right away.
What's it about?
SPICYNODES can be used to create mind maps, take notes, write a story, or capture any information that lends itself to a non-linear presentation. Users begin by adding content into separate nodes using a database-like interface. Content can include plain text, images, video, or audio, which you can upload or snag from the Internet. Things look pretty technical at this point, but you can always click \"Preview\" to view how your info will look in the actual nodemap. Once a map has been developed, you can fly around it, zooming in on nodes and exploring info.
Is it any good?
It's a little tricky to figure out at first, but once you create a simple nodemap, the perks of Spicynodes are clear. The radial layout can clarify ideas, and its zoom features makes sure that the ideas further from the center aren't teeny tiny. There are also a ton of pre-made nodes created by teachers and other users that run from totally helpful to just plain cool, from the experimental poem "As Dawn Rises" to an outline of calendar systems. The "spicy" food theme is kind of a stretch, but it does add warmth to what could be a cut-and-dry mapping tool.
Talk to your kids about ...
Create an ultra-modern family tree using Spicynodes, starting with your own family as the center.
Use Spicynodes to create a non-traditional address book or as unique way to track birthdays.
Do a fun exercise in non-linear thinking: for example, have kids inventory all the things in their rooms by type or color.
- Subjects: Language & Reading: forming arguments, reading, using supporting evidence
Social Studies: events, history, timelines
- Skills: Thinking & Reasoning: collecting data, part-whole relationships, strategy
Creativity: brainstorming, developing novel solutions, innovation
Self-Direction: working efficiently
Communication: conveying messages effectively, multiple forms of expression
Tech Skills: digital creation, using and applying technology
- Genre: Creating
- Pricing structure: Free, Paid
- Last updated: November 05, 2015
For kids who love learning in creative ways
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