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When it comes to tech tools that help students organize digital resources, it is not easy to find the most age appropriate app or online webtool.  Depending on how many connections, conclusions, or new understandings the student is putting together, organizing it all can be a bit overwhelming.  Check out a few options below to better assist your students in re-arranging and bringing together digital information to become better knowledge constructors.

Read & Write

If you have never seen the power Read & Write has on students’ ability to access and utilize information, you will be amazed!  This recognizable purple puzzle piece chrome extension is already available on all RSD students’ Chromebooks and provides students with simple tools to help read digital information, as well as organize it.  Check out these two videos to see how your students can use Read & Write!

Padlet

Once just known as a collaborative brainstorming tool, Padlet now offers many more tools to help curate and organize digital information.  Students can begin collecting websites and images, as well as make notes that can be taken via voice recording, video, or drawings, that can be connected in a mind map style diagram.  And, of course, it can be shared with other students.  The only bummer, is the limited padlets for the Basic (free) version.  Check out this quick vid for a look at this versatile tool.

Mind Map Tools

These tools are definitely for when the connections become a little more detailed than just a few arrows!  Check out Scrible, MindMup, or Bubbl.us for more sophisticated curating and organizing of digital information.

Of course, don’t forget those awesome citation builders!  Depending on the grade level, each of these resources will surely help your students cite their resources properly, and help find them again!