We LOVE using SpicyNodes as presentation tools and a mind map for students. We feel that it is a great interactive tool for planning research, collaborating online, and presenting content and visual thinking. Try it out with primary sources!
We have used it with the fantastic LOC.gov Primary Source Analysis Tool connecting the analysis columns in a visual way for learning. Take a look at this example: SpicyNodes: Mystery Photo Billings
Students use it in learning as well:
Tying Literature to Geography and History: Revolutionary War and Johnny Tremain
Here are some other ways to use this tool with primary sources:
- Have students brainstorm questions about primary sources using the RQI (http://rightquestion.org/) protocol. Using the tool have students separate out their questions and work with them during the activity.
- Flip your classroom and have students collaborate on a SpicyNode and analyze a primary source BEFORE class online and then bring the discussion into class the next day.
- Have students collect primary sources in a SpicyNode and use them for planning and inquiry
- Upload a series of primary sources into SpicyNodes and use them as a presentation tool in the classroom annotating them with comments from students as you go.
- Use SpicyNodes to plan research
- Use SpicyNodes to document elements of a historical building's architecture and then use these elements to provide a narrative description about the significance of the site
We feel that Spicy Nodes gives a great description of their tool and have included it below:
Thoughts are rarely linear, and SpicyNodes can help you organically map them in a way that maximizes flexibility. Nodes capture your thoughts, and the connections between nodes give you the opportunity to see both the big picture and the tiniest nuances. The result? An ideal tool for anyone to improve understanding, brainstorming, and planning — especially for multifaceted issues.