Have students show the connections that they are making with the content that you present and the real world using these tools. Mind maps are great graphical tools to help us conceptualize ideas and make connections. Check out this list of 50 Uses of Graphic Organizers and Rubrics (University of Wisconsin-Stout, 2014).
Gliffy — Create flow charts, diagrams and technical drawings using this tool directly in your internet browser.
Mindmeister — Create anytime from anywhere, using this tool. Collaborate while brainstorming with multiple users then use this tool to present your map!
Coggle — Produce beautiful notes and mind maps, share with friends or colleagues for free.
There is a wealth of information on the internet including many more tools for you or your students to use. Feel free to do a google search for “best web 2.0 (type of tool)” and you are bound to come up with a few new and great tools. If you would like more information on how to do a more advanced Google search or fair use please contact the Academic Excellence & Development office at 608-785-9152 or email at AEDD@westerntc.edu.