BUBBL.US Brainstorming, Critical Thinking, Creativity
Bubbl.us is a Web 2.0 tool that enables users to create mind mapping and brainstorming diagrams online. To begin, the main topic/concept is entered in to the parent bubble. Then ideas and thoughts are recorded in colorful text bubbles linked to the parent bubble. Users continue to add text bubbles which are color coded according to hierarchy.
The site is simple and easy to use – a great addition to your list of teacher resources! The application is Flash-based so the latest Flash viewer needs to be installed.
A mind map is a diagram that represents words and ideas that link to a central key word or idea. They are excellent teacher resources for all grades across the curriculum
“Because mind mapping is more flexible than outlining, it encourages creativity. Displaying all related topics on the same mind map, with emphasis and connections indicated by images, symbols, and colors, improves memory retention. The maps are also easier to understand, which saves time and increases productivity. Diane Murley “Mind Mapping Complex Information”
21st Century Skills
Critical thinking skills are cultivated when mind mapping is used to analyze the different elements of a new or complicated subject.
Bubbl.us is a great Web 2.0 teaching tool for enhancing creativity when brainstorming is used to explore off-the-cuff relationships.
Group brainstorming and mind mapping encourages group discussions that develop team collaboration and effective communication skills.
Bubbl.us in the Classroom
Benefits of using bubbl.us: Easy to use Doesn’t require an account unless you want to save work Helps to organize thoughts and explore relationships Aids in generating ideas Encourages risk taking Encourages group discussions Incorporates multiple intelligences
Mind mapping is a good tool for visual and kinesthetic learners. Visual learners benefit from associating ideas and concepts with images. Kinesthetic learners learn well by physically drawing their ideas.