Lynn Marentette, M.A., Sp.A.
K-12 Technology Specialist at NUITEQ®
The Snowflake MultiTeach® Nodes application is an interactive collaborative tool that can be used by teachers and students for concept mapping, brainstorming ideas with digital content, and presentations. The Nodes app's multi-modal features can support teaching and learning across all subject areas.
- Teachers can use digital content to Nodes to create concept maps for their students to explore and discuss, using rich multimedia content such as photos, diagrams, text, and standard-aligned informational documents and educational video clips.
- The concept-mapping underpinnings and interaction design of Nodes supports two or more students working together. Student-created digital content can be easily imported into the application. This is ideal for problem-based learning assignments, as well as for extended projects.
- The Nodes application can be used to support a number of pedagogical strategies. For example, it is ideal for using as an advanced organizer to introduce students at the beginning of a lesson or a longer instructional unit.
- Nodes is especially powerful when used along with other Snowflake MultiTeach® apps such as Presenter and the various Lesson App types.
In the example below, the Snowflake MultiTeach® Nodes and Presenter applications are running in Zones, allowing students to interact with multiple representations of subject-matter content.
Below is an example of Nodes and the Scramble lesson app, running in Zones, to support learning of subject-matter vocabulary.
In the following example, Nodes is used along with a Drop lesson to provide students multiple ways of exploring subject-matter concepts.
ReadWriteThink: Concept Map
This resource includes ideas for lesson planning using concept maps for grades K-2, 3-5, and 9-12.
Concept maps: an introduction
Dartmouth College Library Research Guide
Tools for Engaging Students: Concept Mapping