#52 SpiderScribe

This week we review the tool, SpiderScribe.


SpiderScribe is an online mind mapping tool with the ability to include images, links, files, text and calendar events.

Why we like SpiderScribe:

  • It is free (with an upgrade option for extra storage).
  • It is easy to use.
  • Mind maps can be public or private.
  • It is a great way  for students to organise their thoughts and brainstorm ideas.
  • Completed SpiderScribe mind maps can be embedded on blogs or websites.
  • It is ideal for a wide range of ages and subject areas.
  • It fosters student creativity and thinking skills.


How to use SpiderScribe:

1. Sign up: Go to http://www.spiderscribe.net/signup.php and fill out the required details to sign up for a free account.

When you have entered your details you will be sent a confirmation email. You can then go to http://www.spiderscribe.net/app/ to log in.

2. Introduction to SpiderScribe: A great place to start with SpiderScribe is the 2 minute introduction video found here.  You can also find teacher training videos here to give you a good idea of how to use this tool in your classroom.  These training videos are part of a free teacher training video series by Russel Stannard.

3. Get Started: When you have understood the basics, sign up and click the create new map link.

4. Adding content: Using the number of features available you can easily add content by clicking and dragging your icon of choice onto you SpiderScribe map.

5. Link your files, images and text: With a simple click between your notes you can easily link with arrows to organise your thoughts.  You can also customise the colours and position with the controls tab.

6. Embed or Share: when your SpiderScribe is done, you can share it, save it or print your mind map. You can also embed it on your blog or website. To embed, click on the share tab and make the SpiderScribe public and click on ‘embed into website’ to obtain the embed code.

This embed code can then be placed into the HTML section of your blog or website editor.


Using SpiderScribe:

SpiderScribe is one of the great online mind mapping tools available.

SpiderScribe could be used in the classroom to:

  • Organise ideas
  • Plan projects and research tasks
  • present research
  • create stories or timelines
  • summarise chapters, characters or books
  • create mind maps


Good luck and look out for the next edition of Tech Tools for Teachers in two weeks.

Simon, Kathleen and Matt

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