Creatively with Creately November 21, 2009Posted by IaninSheffield in TELIC, Tools.
Tags: Creately, learning, mindmap, pln
In my previous post, I bemoaned the fact that I didn’t quite have the time to create an online, ‘live’ version of My Person Learning Ecosystem . . . well it surely it ought to be ‘live.!’ that would also mean I could keep it up to date, add new nodes to the network, or delete any that become redundant. It should be a living entity which evolves with time.
I couldn’t quite find the application I wanted – it had to be online, enable the drawing of concept maps, allow the use of images as nodes, provide access for others to view (and maybe interact). I’ve used SpicyNodes in the past (Flash-driven, highly interactive, but doesn’t support use of user-generated images) and Mindomo (very supportive, interactive, but again limited choice of node types). I was keen to ty to show the distinction between the different streams into which I tap – some are uni-directional, some are unconnected multi-streams and some are interconnected networks. There’s also MindMeister, DropMind and doubtless lots of others, but I have little experience with any of them. In the end I turned to an online drawing application – Creately which seemd to provide the closest fit to what I wanted to do.
As a drawing package, it contained exactly the features I needed to create a concept map, most particularly drawing active ‘connectors’ to form relationships in the diagram and enable them to be dragged around but still remain linked. I could also incorporate the images I wanted to use by simple upload. Although I didn’t use one, there are plenty of standard templates to start your diagram off – fishbone diagrams, SWOT analysis, organisational charts, venn diagrams, network diagrams and many more.
Though not needed on this occasion, it is possible for several people to work on the same diagram by providing email contact details of collaborators. There’s also the facility to add comments and therefore track collaborators’ thoughts as the diagram develops.
So Creately is a tool to which I’ll doubtless return. Wonder what my Ecosystem will look like this time next year?