Spicynodes

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Polly Conway, Common Sense Media
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Unique tool lets kids organize ideas in a nonlinear way.

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Educational Value

Kids can learn how to think a little differently as they experiment with presenting and analyzing information in a non-linear manner. They'll gather up ideas, sources, and supporting evidence to surround a main topic, and figure out which concepts branch off in which places. Spicynodes makes it possible for users to share ideas in a way that feels a little funny at first but proves to be a natural, intuitive approach.

Positive Messages

Using Spicynodes can help kids with learning differences feel more confident taking notes or absorbing information; it's a way of presenting that could really open doors for some kids.

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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.

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Adult Written bypmarek24 October 3, 2014

Brilliant!

SpicyNodes is wonderful because it is a perfect way to brainstorm with ideas. It would be very beneficial for problem solving, ideas for writing papers, and man... Continue reading

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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.

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For kids who love learning in creative ways

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