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Coggle logoCoggle –

a free brower-based collaborative mind-mapping tool (also listed under Engagement, Mapping)

BethCB and SylviaR used to summarize last week of FLO Apr2016

  • free accounts – can share (or embed)
  • NOTE: tracking of user information may concern some users. Check terms.
  • collaborate by sending link
  • download diagrams as image or pdf (export as .mm or text)
  • 3 private diagrams (unlimited public diagrams)
  • unlimited image uploads
  • can arrange the mindmap branches
  • easiest mind-mapping program to use (IMHO – sr)
  • attractive, visually appealing, did I mention easy to use? (>1600 icons)
  • you can search the parts of your mind map – very useful
  • the blog is called “bloggle” – a little cutesy but whatever
  • only $5/month for basic membership Types of accounts

Creately logoCreately –

used by SylviaR in FLO-Design

  • free use limited to 5 drawings; paid versions starts at $5/mo ($49/year)
  • free plan drawings are public but can have 3 collaborators
  • import/export only in SVG format
  • export as XML

Draw open source tool - –

web-based open source drawing tool

used as by Sylvia R and learners as a base drawing tool for FLO-Design 2017

  • free to use, save diagrams to your device or Dropbox, GoogleDrive, etc.
  • good tutorials available
  • flexible options for styles, quick cloning, can add additional figures/objects

GoogleCda-logo.pngGoogle Drawing – https://**drawings**.**google**.com/

free, web-based diagramming software

used as base drawing tool for FLO-Design 2017

  • requires Google account, available as part of GoogleDocs or GoogleSheets
  • Look under Insert menu
  • has shapes, lines, colours, text boxes
  • allows collaboration with others – can share open link so others don’t have to have Google accounts?
  • can embed images and hyperlinks

Gliffy-logo.pngGliffy –

web-based drawing tool

suggested by StephanieB FLO-Design 2017

  • free service allows you to create and download images of your drawings, or store them and link; paid service provides embed code and sharing
  • is pretty easy to use – good for flowcharts

Lucidchart logoLucidchart –

a collaborative flowcharting tool that integrates with others (e.g., Google)

used by Patsy and Nicole in FLO-Design Feb2017

  • sign up for a free account – no time limit
  • free acct limits – 5 documents, 60 objects per document (counts lines, shapes and images), 25 MB storage
  • only 2 collaborators per document
  • paid accounts $4.95 – $8.95 / month
  • saves out in Visio formats, integrates with Gdocs
  • various tutorials and help docs –

Mindmeister https://www.mindmeister.commindmeister logo

collaborative mind mapping tool

  • web-based – no download of software required
  • free, education and business account options – free account limited to 3 mind mapswith real-time collaboration
    (don’t see a limit – needs to be tested)
  • features include the ability to vote or comment (need to test if available in free account)
  • Check terms and conditions – Mindmeister has total freedom to use your maps for whatever purpose – Check section 13. Right to contents –
  • used by VioletP in May RRU FLO


a web-based or mobile app to capture and organize your ideas

tool used in Week 5 Looking Back, Looking Forward activity – Nov2014 (SylviaC)

  • free account
  • popplets are public
  • works like a simple mind-mapping tool
  • allows you to draw freehand inside a popplet bubble or embed an image – not sure of file size limits
  • collaborative Popplet Groups available for educators – $2 per person up to 50 people

Tagxedo –

a free word cloud service with styles

  • customize font, theme, color, orientation, and shape
  • save as images for printing and sharing
  • constrain the word cloud to selected shapes (heart, star, animals, etc)
  • use images as custom shapes
  • requires installation of Microsoft Silverlight – apparently Chrome browser is an issue?

Used in Apr2016 FLO (StephanieB used it as a summary tool 4 Week 3 Responsive Facilitation activity)

Text2mindmap –

a Web2.0 service (since 2008) that allows you to create mindmaps to visually depict a topic or organize ideas.

  • web-based (no app or desktop version available as of Dec 2015)
  • supports different colours / fonts and keyboard commands
  • free account – to save and store set up account starting at $5/month for up to 12 mind maps
  • no collaboration function

BethCB used to illustrate a summary of week 1 FLO Sept2015

Wordle –

contributed by various participants in ISWos

  • a Java applet toy created by Jonathan Feinberg
  • paste in a collection of words or enter the RSS (or Atom) feed of a web page and the site creates word clouds
  • the more times a word appears in the collection, the larger it will be in the word cloud
  • site provides options to vary colour scheme or font
  • can’t be saved (Java applet) by can use screen capture or print

SueN created a Wordle to summarize Week 2 mini-session – her example is in the Summary page on the Week 2 wiki (can’t be linked here as it is behind a password on the ISWo Nov 2014 course site.

MaryW used Wordle to summarize/analyze Week 1 journal entries (in Week 3 Choose Your Tools mini-session) Nov 2015 FLO.

Create Infographics

Canva logoCanva

a free web / iPad app – create graphics, presentations, documents

  • has extenstive list of photo effects – blur, filters,
  • Terms of use – you own your stuff – 4.1 BUT 5.0 – you grant them the rights to use it however they want, with your name, and shared to sublicensees
  • use your own images; they have icons, fonts, etc.
  • provides tutorials on how to use and sample lesson plans to use it in the classroom
  • free for educational use – students can use to share as view only or collaborate

Used by PatriciaMc in May2016 FDO – Intro


PiktPiktochart logoochart –

Easily create infographics to visually present information.

AndreaK comments: I used the $15/month plan pretty extensively and was surprised at the complete

lack of glitches or other technical problems.

  • good selection of templates and graphics
  • $15/month unlocks full selection of templates & graphics, $29/month for unlimited features (pro version)
  • easy to use
  • if you downgrade, you still get to keep infographics created with paid features