These tools can help students visualize texts with tools like Wordle, Tagxedo or The New York Times Visualization Lab, create timelines using Xtimeline, Time Glider or Timetoast and design presentations that go beyond PowerPoint using things like Glogster.edu and Museum Box.
For prewriting, mind maps on paper, and now electronically, are popular idea-processing tools. Their use was popularized by the British IQ specialist Tony Buzan starting in the 1960s.
Bubbl.us, CoSketch.com and Cacoo are good starting places that also allow collaboration by student pairs or groups.
Of course, students can also use The Times for generating ideas on many topics across disciplines from math to fine arts.
- Student-Powered Podcasting
- English Language Arts Units for Grades 9-12 (National Educational Technology Standards for Students Curriculum Series)
- A Teacher's Guide to Using Technology in the Classroom