Any good Online Collaboration and Mind Mapping sites for my 5th Graders to use?

I have found a few, but would like to get the opinions of the Classroom 2.0 educators.  I liked PBWorks and Mindmeister.  I also want sites in which I am the administrator and can create logins for my students.  Thanks for any input.


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I like Wikispaces and have used this successfully with students who learn to use it easily. Teachers can use the user creator so age is not a problem, student email addresses are not required.


Links on wikis including Wikispaces here.


For mind maps a very simple tool to use is - see diagrams page here.


I like Wikispaces too, but my district blocks them.  I've tried to have them unblock it but to no avail.  I have found success with Mindmeister though for mindmapping and PBWorks for collaboration.

Thanks for the response.


Jonathan what a shame you can't use Wikispaces; you can set up private, protected sites that are free for educators. I wonder why it is blocked?

Have you tried Google docs for collaboration? I really like it, and it's something your students will probably need to use in the future. (Google for Educators gives teachers added options in terms of administration, etc.)


This thread might have some viable mind-mapping options for you.


Katy Scott


Stretch Your Digital Dollar


A lot of people seem to like Webspiration (because it is nearly identical to a paid program called Inspiration) for mind mapping, namely because it can convert your mind map into an outline.  If you want to incorporate outlining, I'd recommend Webspiration.  Might be a little complex for younger students, though.  I would try Wallwisher instead, if outlining isn't a factor.  Or maybe an online whiteboard, like Scriblink?


I LOVE Inspiration. I hadn't heard of Webspiration before -- thanks for sharing! I just noticed that they'll no longer offer free account starting in April, though, which sucks.


Thanks for the heads up on Webspiration.  I like it.  Now I can give my students a choice between a mind map or outline.  I'm going to introduce this on Monday. Thanks again.


Hi Jonathan,

Wallwisher is a great tool for collaboration tool and students enjoy seeing their posts stuck to the screen.

I have posted a review of wallwisher for teachers here.



For mind mapping I like

It is one of the easiest sites to use and doesn't 
Require an account and can share and collaborate
among users.
PBWorks is really good.  It is just like a word processor and easy to use.  My students like the chat feature and how easy it is to comment on each others writings.

Talking of mind maps reminds me of a tool I rather like, have you seen SpicyNodes?

I wrote about it here.



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