How I Use It
I like this particular teaching tool because of its ease of use and the flexibility of how it can be used to differentiate in the classroom. Sometimes it takes a bit to load, and it does not currently work on an iPad with Flash which is discouraging, but it is still accessible as a web 2.0 tool. Some examples of uses include:
* Students can use the tool to explore multiple meanings of vocabulary words and upload images that represent the vocabulary word, provide alternate meanings of the word, provide definitions in another language, etc.
* Students can collaborate on a Spicy Nodes graph to collect knowledge gained from research on a topic and then use it to share what they have learned with others in the classroom.
* Students can use Spicy Nodes to present opinions/viewpoints about a primary source and then use it as a basis to format opinion statements for a debate.
* Students can use a Spicy Nodes graphic to prepare a presentation for a large audience that needs to be pushed out through social media at a later time. The graphic can be used to not only present, but to disseminate information.
Spicy Nodes takes learning to a new level and can help students move up the ladder of Blooms Taxonomy through the use of the application. Students can use the tool to collect and organize information, apply what they have learned to a topic or essential question, use the tool to present information to an authentic audience, or even use it for reflection. The tool is flexible and easy to set up and can be accessed and shared by multiple people. Student teams can use it for presentations on their current learning and can share it with a larger community audience to show what they have learned through their studies on a project.