Mindtools are used in education so learners will become constructors of ideas and defenders of those constructions. They have been used historically throughout education. In the past, Mindtools were the drill and practice software, but have now evolved into much more. New software, new hardware and the Internet has made the usage of Mindtools more prevalent in every area of education. In this lesson, you will learn about the history of educational technology, theories of thinking, multiple intelligences, the different types of Mindtools and how they can be integrated into many different subject content areas. 

You will view a PowerPoint presentation to learn about the history and current use of Mindtools in education. You will create three learning activities using three different Mindtools in a Word document. Each activity must include the subject area, the grade level and a description of the activity involving the Mindtool. You do not have to use the same subject area nor the same grade level for each activity. The activities do not have to be taught in the same lesson. The resource links below can help you find ideas for the activities and the Mindtools. The Word document will be e-mailed to Dr. Maushak You will make one paragraph posting to the MSN Group Bulletin Board. In your posting, briefly describe all three activities and their Mindtools. You will reply briefly to three students' original postings.

1. View the PowerPoint presentation. If you have a Pop Up program running, you may not be able to view the slide show, therefore, turn the Pop Up program off. Once you have opened the presentation, click on the slide show icon in the bottom right hand corner. Advance through the slide show by clicking the left mouse button. Note: A pop-up is an unsolicited window popping up on your screen. If you get tired of closing unsolicited windows, go to and search using the words "pop-up". You can download a Pop Up program for free.
2. Use the Resource links below, or your own.
3. Create three learning activities using a different Mindtool in a Word document. E-mail the Word document to Dr. Maushak.
4. Make one paragraph posting of all three activities to the MSN Group
5. Post a brief reply to three students' original postings.

5 points for the activities
Evaluated on content:
Must include the subject area, the grade level, and a description of the activity involving the Mindtool. 
5 points for original posting and three replies

Multiple Intelligences
Thomas Amstrong
LD Pride

Learning Activities
Education World (Mapping with Technology)
Education World (E-mail)
Education World (History with Technology)
Education World (Game playing with Technology)
Education World (Concept Mapping)
Education World (Game playing for K-2)
Education World (Web page development)
Education World (Digital camera activities)
Education World (Language Arts and video camera)
BrainPop (Movies concerning Health)
BrainPop (Movies concerning Science)
BrainPop (Movies concerning Technology)
BrainPop (Movies concerning Math)
BrainPop (Movies concerning English)
BrainPop (Movies concerning Social Studies)
Ed (Science)
Learning Space (Multimedia authoring)
Classroom Pet Exchange (Asynchronous communication)
ePals (Asynchronous communication)
The Investigators (History, Social Studies, Geography, Language Arts)
Poet's Corner (Language Arts, Technology)
ECB (Science)
ECB (E-Mail)
ECB (Writing and Technology)
ECB (Math, Science and Technology)
ECB (E-Mail, digital camera, web authoring)

Smart Draw
Microsoft FrontPage
Macromedia Dreamweaver
Virtual Reality Software
Computing Technology for Math Excellence


Resources for Teachers
Hotlists for Educators
Links for K-12 Educators
Rubric creator

Internet Multimedia
Clip Art
Movie sound clips