Assess: WeMAP

Mobile Collaboration OER

WeMAP

Live URL: http://intergalacticmlc.org/WeMap.html
Platform: Android, iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch
Cost: Free
Overview

WeMAP lets students and teacher collaborate on the creation of concept maps. A user can add concepts and within each concept a note for additional information. One can invite an unlimited number of participants to help create a concept map with or without a password. There is a wide range of colors available for each concept and final products can easily be shared via PDF, email or messenger.

Pros & Cons

Pros: Easy setup, quick learning curve, sharable in different formats and easy collaboration

Cons: Lack of online help and at times tricky to figure out how to add new content

Collaboration

With unlimited and real-time collaboration, this app is great for any type of collaboration activities and is available across most platforms.

Next steps:

1. Fill out the survey in the toggle below:

SECTIONS-based Assessment Tool

2. Comment about how/why you would (or would not) use this app.

Commenting Suggestion: Before posting your comments, it might be interesting to compare your SECTIONS-based assessment to previous assessments. This can be done by completing the 4 item survey in the toggle above and using the Google link called “See previous responses”.
3. Check the SECTIONS-based Assessment Results (as of end of W05)

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15 Comments

  1. cwc1

    I really like the way that this app allows for the integration of drawing when collaborating, which is something that is missing from a lot of other collaborative apps.

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  2. Rodney St-Pierre

    My criticism of this app (WeMap, for example)is that it seems to have such a narrow focus of use. I don’t understand the need for an app that is specifically for Mind Maps. Wouldn’t other collaboration apps (Google docs, for instance) provide the same functionality? Also – for any kind of app that allows for collaborative drawing, it is somewhat awkward to do on a device that does not have precise stylus tracking.

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  3. aisaac

    Thanks for sharing this app. I fully intend to use it in the future. I love the idea of having students co-create mind maps in partners as a brainstorming activity.

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  4. Lane Hardy

    Potential for classroom use looks amazing! My only comment is that it looks very hokey/clunky and not aesthetically pleasing which may turn some students off (more likely in high school).

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  5. Leahbio

    I love apps with the potential for collaboration and concept understanding. I wonder if the capability extends to more complex concept mapping. Does the app lend to greater larger and more complex ones if using a mobile device (see easily and use). I’ve used a number of concept mapping tools but moreso for available on desktops (ie. bubble.us which is a very simple program). I agree with Rhena in that using a mobile device may bring some concerns in organization. I do like the idea of using this app for initial conversation or brainstorming about a topic or unifying a concept at the end of a unit.

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  6. Mark Viola

    Interesting concept – except what happens when you are alone, or want to be alone. There doesn’t seem to be a possibility to work in an asynchronous environment. This app has the makings of a great elementary school app where students can work together to create animations for a science experiment, or an outline for an in class presentation. However I do not see the applications outside of an elementary school setting. There are other apps that are more robust and offer more flexibility.

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  7. Chris Sandor

    This looks interesting but I’m not sure how I would use this in a classroom as it looks somewhat simplistic for secondary students. I do appreciate the ability to collaborate but looking at the video I’m not sure what this adds to the educational experience? Students sitting together but making a concept map online seems odd to me. Why not have students create a concept map at the table they are sitting at? I do see the power of collaborating on a concept map outside of the classroom as well as the fact that students do not need to log in.

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    • Rhena

      Hi Chris, It does seem strange to be using technology just for the sake of it. Perhaps the use of this could be extended if students created maps with students in another part of the country.

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  8. Eva Perez

    This looks phenomenal! I would love to have students use the KWL one.

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  9. Ben Ferrel

    I love the idea of the collaborative animation tool. Creating animations can be very time consuming, so sharing the work would make it much more realistic for students to create animations on the fly. It’s not just edutainment – creating an animation provides an excellent tool for demonstrating an understanding of a process, or recounting an event.

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    • Rhena

      Great point Ben, creating an animation is a powerful way to better understand and also share learning. You have brought up an interesting use of this app.

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  10. Stuart Lulling

    “You never have to earn alone again”….To be honest, sometimes I like learning alone. Sometimes learners don’t need to be peer pressured in a forced collaborative environment where frequently its the first to the finish line rather than the best thought process. From the video the example of animating a flower to grow and collaborating with other learners in the same frame just seems to be a complete use of technology for technology sake. I dont buy into their theory that learners ‘always need to learn with someone’. Not everything is better as a collaborative journey. What happens when learners have to take exams as individuals. In short, App looks great but would be interested which aspects of the curriculum teachers would find most useful.

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    • Farooq

      I agree Stuart that students need to be able to learn alone and sometimes its more valuable. However, I see the power of this app as a collaborative concept map making tool. Maybe having students start off on their own and then using this app to expand/share their thoughts would work well.

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    • aisaac

      I see your point Stuart. That said, there are certain students, with learning disabilities or who are learning English as a Second Language, who benefit greatly from (continual) peer support. For those students in particular, collaborative apps are incredibly important.

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  11. rhena

    This app has excellent potential to develop students’ conceptual understanding and collaboration skills. From the video it seems easy to use, but the collaboration aspect of the app isn’t available unless I update my Android phone. Such problems could cause some organizational issues for teachers, especially in a BYOD environment. Being able to invite students to participate without them needing to sign-in definitely increases interactivity. Concept mapping combined with mobile collaboration certainly carries educational value for teaching and learning and should be tried out.

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