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Best Graphic Organizers for Education

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Graphic organizers, including mind maps, Venn diagrams, infographics, and other tools, allow teachers and students to organize and present facts and ideas visually in order to understand both the big picture and the small details. 

The digital tools and apps below have made it easy to create beautiful and productive graphic organizers.

  • bubble.us (opens in new tab)
    A popular web-based tool that allows educators to create a mind map, save it as an image, share, collaborate, and present. An editable example allows prospective users to try the mind map editor without creating an account. Free basic account and 30-day free trial.
  • Bublup (opens in new tab)
    Bublup helps users organize all their digital content visually via an intuitive, drag-n-drop interface. Create shareable folders with content such as links, documents, images, videos, GIFs, music, notes, and more. Folders can be transformed instantly into shareable web pages. It’s easy to get started, but if you need help, peruse the detailed support pages for using the app. Free basic accounts.
  • Coggle (opens in new tab)
    Coggle’s clean, stylish interface invites users to explore the creative possibilities of its collaborative mind maps, diagrams, and flowcharts. The free basic account includes unlimited public diagrams and import/export/embed features, while the professional account is just $5 per month.
  • iBrainstorm (opens in new tab)
    A free iOS app for iPad and iPhone that lets users organize ideas with digital sticky notes, and offers quick and easy multi-device sharing. Your iPad will serve as a freeform drawing canvas, enabling maximum creativity.
  • Checkvist (opens in new tab)
    Anyone can make a checklist without fancy software. But if you want a checklist to boost productivity, Checkvist’s super organized and detailed lists can help educators and administrators manage tasks and projects with ease. Free basic account.
  • Conceptboard (opens in new tab)
    A robust digital whiteboard workspace for teams that enables real-time collaboration, plus offers multimedia capability, sketching tools, easy sharing, and more. Free basic account and 30-day free trial.
  • Mind42 (opens in new tab)
    Mind42 offers simple, free collaborative mind-mapping software that runs in your browser. For inspiration, search publicly shared templates by tag or popularity. Although its features are not as extensive as other graphic organizers, it’s fully free, fast, and simple to start creating your first mind map.
  • MindMeister (opens in new tab)
    This stylish full-featured mind-mapping site allows educators to easily customize maps with images and links, share with students, and collaborate with colleagues. Free basic account.
  • Mindomo (opens in new tab)
    A favorite of educators, Mindomo allows users to flip their classroom, collaborate, comment, and much more. Includes a section devoted to teaching with mind maps as well as the ability to grade student assignments. Free basic account.
  • MURAL (opens in new tab)
    Use digital sticky notes to create and organize lists, flowcharts, diagrams, frameworks, methods, and drawings. Integrates with Dropbox, Microsoft Teams, Slack, Google Calendar, and other top apps. Free basic account.
  • Popplet (opens in new tab)
    Suitable for chromebook/web and iPad, Popplet helps students to think and learn visually by brainstorming and mind mapping. Its simple interface and affordable pricing makes it a great choice for younger learners, although users of any age will appreciate the free trial with no credit card required. Free basic account, $1.99/month paid accounts. School discounts available.
  • StormBoard (opens in new tab)
    Providing online brainstorming and collaboration in real-time, Stormboard includes more than 200 templates and certified data security. Integrates with popular apps such as Google Sheets, Slack, Microsoft Teams, and others. Free personal accounts for teams of five or fewer. Free for educators through December 31, 2021.
  • Storyboard That (opens in new tab)
    Students can create their own storyboards using the provided graphics (no drawing talent required!) or select templates from the storyboard library. With storyboard options from the simplest to multilayered, this platform is ideal for users of any age. Teachers can create timelines, storyboards, graphic organizers, and more via the education portal.
  • Venngage (opens in new tab)
    With an extensive library of professional icons and illustrations, Venngage allows users to create stunning infographics, mind maps, timelines, reports, and plans. Browse thousands of infographics, brochures and more in the gallery. Free basic account allows five designs.
  • WiseMapping (opens in new tab)
    A free and simple web based open-source tool, great for creating shareable, exportable mind maps and brainstorms.

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