Teacher Review For Spicynodes

Spicynodes - When You're Hungry for Information Mapping

Cara B.
Media specialist/librarian
RCS MIddle School
Ravena, NY
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My Grades 6, 7, 8
My Subjects English Language Arts, Math, Science, Social Studies, Arts, World Languages, English Language Learning, Health & Wellness
EdTech Mentor
My Rating 4
Learning Scores
Engagement 5
Pedagogy 4
Support 4
My Students Liked It Yes
My Students Learned Yes
I Would Recommend It Yes
Setup Time More than 15 minutes
Great for Creation
Knowledge gain
Student-driven work
Teacher-led lessons
Great with Advanced learners
Low literacy
Special needs
How I Use It
This is a multi-functional cross-curricular tool that can be used in the classroom. The first is as presentation software, highlighting a concept and separating it out into basic pieces. The fact that images and videos along with links can be included allows for differentiated instruction as well as for students who are visual learners. Students can also use this as mind map to diagram out ideas, as well as a graphic organizer to record background information as they start a research project. They can also organize thoughts, fact and information they collected to see how things are related.
My Take
This is a very fascinating website. Once students get the hang of the technical side of using the website they will find it interesting to use. The learning curve is a little steep on this one, it may take students a little longer to get used to using the website, but once they get the hang of it, it should be smooth sailing. In general, it can be difficult for students to break down larger topics into basic components. The fact that they input resembles an outline should help in this regard. This tool will give students, especially those who are visual learners, the ability to take apart main ideas and see how the parts relate to the whole and each other. I would not hesitate to use this with any level classes in my library, and plan on creating presentations for students to see how ideas and concepts relate visually.