Online communities. Where are they? And why do people leave FB?

October 6th, 2010

Hot off the presses, and the comic book stand. The webcomic xkcd has a Map of Online Communities, based on careful reseach and a bit of fabrication. Discover online communities that you did not know existed. It’s a big map, you’ll have to zoom in. Soon, we hope that that more online communities will use [...]

Seriously Mapping Arguments

July 23rd, 2010

Following up on our post about debates, Argunet is another tool for visualizing the structure of complex arguments and debates as a graphical network. The key value of Argunet is the restrictions it uses to try and produce clearly defined “argument maps”. Argument maps may look like mind maps, but according to the Argunet FAQ, [...]

Free, Easy and Useful Creation Tools from the New York Times Blog

July 12th, 2010

Digital is taking over the classroom, and computers and mobile devices are replacing heavy textbooks. But how do educators create content? The New York Times’ “Learning Network” blog has a nice summary of tools for visualizing texts, and making comics, timelines, interactive presentations, and brainstorming. SpicyNodes is not on the list yet, but we’re coming [...]

Debategraph Visualizes Discourse

June 15th, 2010

As the saying goes, there are two sides to every story. But when it comes to the hot topics of the day – whether nuclear proliferation or the BP oil spill in the Gulf – two sides simply aren’t enough. That’s where Debategraph comes in. You don’t have to remember all of the nuances of [...]

SpicyNodes Memberships: Free vs. Paid

May 10th, 2010

If you have a free community membership to SpicyNodes, you understand what a powerful visualization tool our radial mapping engine can produce. (If you haven’t yet joined the community, you’re missing out! It only takes a minute, so click here to join now.) We’re committed to maintaining a vibrant, free membership so that everyone can have access to SpicyNodes. As a project of IDEA, SpicyNodes is a public service that we hope encourages and supports online communication and educational efforts. The bottom line? We want to make the Web more accessible and interactive, and we think that SpicyNodes is a wonderful tool to help achieve that goal.