I was idly perusing my RSS feed as is my wont on a chilly Friday morning, and I came across a review of this little gem called Coggle. It is an online mind mapping software, one I suspect that is part of the google app village.
What is it? First thing’s first: it is not an app that you will get from the iTunes store. It is web-based, so you need to access it via your browser. It is however, a mind-mapping app.
How does it work? As it turns out, pretty easily.
1. Sign in via your google account:
I love it when it does that – that means one less password I have to remember.
2. Start creating!:
Let me just mention that Coggle works on all platforms,whether you are using your laptop or the iPad. I am going to give you the iPad interface in this review.
3. I had a bit of difficulties getting started at the beginning. For some reason, the “tap here toy begin” toggle wasn’t working though I could create branches from it:
I couldn’t edit the text in the default field.But I could add stuff:
Another weird thing was that the first branch I created was larger than the others and I couldn’t figure out why:
However, these are small glitches which I am sure will not be there every time. In fact, I worked it to my advantage by creating sub-branches:
Pretty, isn’t it?
The branches are easy to move around, delete, zoom in and even change the colour:
But that isn’t the best part of Coggle. Where it really shines is that it works like a google doc in terms of collaboration – you can invite people to your Coggle and everyone can edit in real time:
You can download it as an image to your camera roll:
Ot, if you choose the PDF option, you can open it in any app that accepts PDFs:
As well, you can copy and paste the link (again, just like a google doc) and send it to your students. Or your students can easily share it with you:
Oh! And you can also check out past revisions:
Best of all? You can save your Coggles to Google drive! Just click on that minuscule text you see on your homepage:
Just a warning, here – it took me a while to figure out that by clicking that link, it automatically added my Coggle to the Google drive. I got stuck in trying to create folders and getting a bit lost. But, when I thought to look in my drive, it was right there!
This is a wonderful resources for group collaborations, brainstorming or even for note-taking for the more visual among us!