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Visually organizing information is a powerful way to gain deeper insight about content.  This well-known strategy can now be even more powerful with the use of technology.  Digital options for graphic organization can be media rich, with links to images, videos, audio or the Internet.  Elements of the diagram can be moved around on the page with connections intact and edited at any time.  Projects can be worked on collaboratively and shared in multiple ways via the Internet.  Consider the following free online tools when planning for student-created graphic organizers: 

Gliffy:
Diagramming tool - View examples or try it without signing up.

Cacoo:
Diagramming tool  -  Take a tour of the product or watch a video overview.

WiseMapping
Diagramming tool - Try a demo here

bubbl.us:
Great for brainstorming.  Quickly record brainstorming sessions and post to blog, wiki or webpage for future reference.  

 





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