Thursday, April 21, 2016 Brainstorming and Mind Mapping Tool 

Instructional Strategy: Concept Formation, Concept Mapping, Compare/Contrast
Blooms Levels: 1-4 (knowledge, comprehension, analysis, evaluation) is a free web-based tool that allows users to create, save and share mind maps. A mind map is a visual representation of ideas and concepts that includes central ideas surrounded by connected branches of associated topics. aims to assist with the brainstorming process and encourages creative thinking. In addition, mind maps provide structure and organization to allow for better comprehension and recall.  

Mind Mapping Uses: 
  • Organize ideas and concepts Develop new and expanded meanings as information is organized and manipulated 
  • Communicate ideas and thought processes 
  • Categorize learning by grouping content 
  • Classify objects, events, or ideas for a deeper level of comprehension 
  • Brainstorm and explore ideas, concepts or problems 
  • Facilitate better understanding of relationships and connections between ideas and concepts 
  • Develop and refine the ability to recall and discriminate among key ideas to see commonalities and identify relationships 
  • Form personalized understanding of concepts and connections 
  • Compare and sequence items of information 
  •  See insight into students’ thought process

Thursday, April 7, 2016

NoRedInk: Help Students Improve Their Grammar and Writing Skills

Help Students Improve Their Grammar and Writing Skills

Instructional Strategy - Critical Thinking, Think-Pair-Share, Self-driven personalized learning

Blooms Levels- 1, 2, 3, 4 (knowledge, comprehension, application, analysis)
NoRedInk is a free, web-based application that allows students to practice and improve grammar and writing skills. Instructors are able to provide formative and summative assessments on a number of writing and grammar areas, as well as have access to reports on student results. Lesson topics include embedding quotations, active and passive voice, commonly confused words, and punctuation use, to name a few.



Uses, Features and Benefits

  • Provide additional lessons and practice exercises that focus on specific grammar and writing skills
  • Exercises allow students to see what they did wrong, have multiple attempts, and receive helpful hints along the way
  • Develop formative practice assignments with a few easy clicks of the mouse
  • Develop summative assessment quizzes to fully gauge student growth
  • Create quizzes that will auto-grade
  • Provide students with unlimited help on the critical writing and grammar areas they need
  • Track growth; view results of student attempts

Instructors can create a free account and establish a class or multiple classes, as well as multiple exercises/practices for that class. Students can access your class for free, and use the instructor provided class code (ie. HTU378) to access the exercises or quizzes the instructor has created or assigned.

If you’d like to learn more about NoRedInk please visit their website at, or visit the For Teachers resources page to view
step-by-step directions for getting started at
Come visit the eLearning team in TLC 427 for assistance getting started or to gain ideas for integrating this tool into course curriculum. If you are unable to visit in person, please contact us by email at, or by phone at (517) 483-1939.