While collaboration, engagement, and 21st Century learning are the buzz words these days, have you ever thought what does it take to really be doing all of this in the classroom with limited resources and technology. Well I struggle with it everyday as I try to challenge my students to work together think outside of the box, and become global citizens. The first step for everyone is the most difficult. I can tell you it probably won't go the way you want, but smile and laugh with the students, and you'll be surprised how much everyone will learn, collaborate, and be engaged as they learn alongside you to become global students.
Try one thing at a time! I find when I work with teachers they try to do to much all at once and then get frustrated and give up. Find one thing that you can use in your classroom and work with it until you feel like an expert, and then move on to something else. With that being said, the first step for many teachers is getting students to think about what they know about a topic, brainstorm for a writing piece, or collaborate with a group. Here is a great tool that you can accomplish all of the above with in just a short amount of time. It is called Mindmeister and it's free! The best part is that your maps are stored in the cloud, so it can be accessed anywhere, and can be that collaborative piece you want your students to use. Once completed, it can be shared globally. So you've met all of the criteria above. Give it a try, and you can take mind mapping to a new level.
Create your own mind maps at MindMeister