I’ve been really excited about the potential of Spicy Nodes as a tool for research and displaying information. It has similar properties to a Wiki in that children could expand on information collected in anyway that interests them simply by adding nodes and creating connections to previous nodes. What really interests me now is how easy it is for people to collaborate on a mindmap in Spicy Nodes – ideally children would just be able to add pieces of information as they find it, either as a new node or adding to an existing node. This does raise some possible problems – what happens if two children try to edit the same node or add information about the same person. I think there will need to be some method to allow users to discuss what information they are adding i.e. “I’m adding Anne Boleyn now” and also there could be the need for an ‘editorial commitee’ to help ensure that information is not duplicated and nodes are connected correctly.
Anyway, I’ve started up a Mindmap on the Tudors on an account set up for school use. I’m really keen to get others involved in working on this map to explore the potential in using it for collaborative work – could it be used to collaborate between schools?
I’m also looking to see if it is at all possible to embed other content rather than just images and Youtube videos.
Any comments, thoughts or ideas more than welcome.