Many students had the opportunity to contribute to the construction of this mindmap prior to the final exam. By adding and editing content, students reviewed course topics while working on the map. I’m pleased by the results on multiple levels.
- Many students got experience working collaboratively with others. In cyberspace, that means that many of the participants didn’t ‘know’ each other.
- Work proceeded with minimal input from me. I was proud knowing that the students can interact with each other, software, and the Internet to PRODUCE content driven by a goal, not a micro-managing teacher.
- The performance of the 9th Grade class of (Fall) 2009, outperformed the 9th Grade class of (Fall) 2008 on the final exam. This improved performance was achieved on a test that was 25% longer than its 2008 counterpart (100 ques. vs. 80 ques.).
Below is a copy of the mindmap in its completed form dating to 25 Jan. 2010, the day prior to the scheduled final exam. A job well done by all!