Drawing, Charting & Mapping Tools

What are drawing, charting & mapping tools?

It’s true. A picture can be worth a thousand words. It all depends upon which words and which pictures. But what if you can’t find a photo, picture, clipart or graphic to convey the meaning? You create your own! You can use pencil, paper, ink and paint and scan it to bring it onto your webpage or online document, but there are lots of free tools for self-expression and creativity.

Draw. You can draw maps, diagrams, cartoons, and more with online drawing tools. Some just provide a blank space and tools. Others provide templates and objects to get your creative juices flowing. Many sites let you view the work of others, some are collaborative, some let you build on what others have started.

Chart. Charts and graphs show relationships quickly and clearly. Online tools can help create the images you need to convey your message. Infographics are data filled illustrations that deliver information through graphics.

Map. Online tools provide road maps, outline maps, and mind maps. Whatever you need, you can find an online tool to help generate the image.

Using These Tools

Schools and classroom teachers report they are using these tools to:

  • Teach students about online drawing, charting and mapping tools
  • Help students create diagrams and drawings for reports and multimedia projects
  • Encourage students to create book covers and images for book reports
  • Brainstorm research projects
  • Diagram workflow for media center projects
  • Manage projects
  • Diagram stories and books – recall, sequencing, etc.
  • Graph data collected in polls and surveys for distribution to stakeholders
  • Analyze data
  • Help students understand and present data they have collected
  • Design presentations
  • Help students and teachers design effective presentations
  • Help students see relationships, cause and effect, sequences, timelines, chain of events
  • Teach vocabulary
  • Help students appreciate illustrations and illustrators and understand illustraton techniques
  • Provide tools for students to illustrate stories and reports
  • Develop spacial relationships
  • Planning and editing written reports, multimedia projects, research
  • Develop visual literacy
  • Provide tools for visual learners
  • Provide tools for non-verbal students to express ideas
  • Provide tools for non-English speaking students to express ideas
  • Generate ideas
  • Design and guide complex projects
  • Communicate complex ideas
  • Integrate old and new knowledge
  • Assess understanding
  • Diagnose misunderstanding
  • Plan library media center programs
  • Assess media center programs
  • Provide tools for digital storytelling
  • Create images and cartoons for the school library media center website
  • ToonDoo Create a comic strip or whole comic book. Lots of backgrounds, characters and styles to choose from.
  • Create a Graph Generate 5 different kinds of graphs from your own data
  • LucidChartCollaborative tool. Create flowcharts, mind maps, graphic organizers and other diagrams. Enables students to easily collaborate on group projects. Free version is very limited, but LucidChart offers //free educational// //licenses//.
  • Queeky Draw, paint, share. Create groups to work on projects. Draw online or off.
  • Scriblink An online collaborative whiteboard

 

Draw and Paint

  • Art.com Draw and paint. Then see an instant replay of your masterpiece. See artworks by others in the gallery.
  • BeFunky Create an instant drawing or painting from a diital photograph.
  • Bomomo Anyone can create a masterpiece with this tool: abstract, string art, fun shapes. In fact, Bonomo starts drawing without you!
  • Brushter from the National Gallery of Art
  • CoSketch Collaborative drawing tool. Anything you paint will instantly show up for all other connected users. One click to save an image permanently (bb- and html-codes automaticly generated for simple posting on forums or on your blog).
  • Crayola DigiColor With Crayola in the title, you know it has to be colorful! Choose from markers, crayons, pencils in any color and draw away!
  • CubeScape – Virtual legos!
  • DigitalDrawn Design and send your own ecards. Clipart and photo uploads supported, too.
  • doSketch is an easy one where you can draw and save your creation with no registration needed.
  • DrawGreetings Draw a picture, add some text, and print at Zazzle or email your greeting card.
  • DrawHere Lets you draw on any webpage and other DrawHere users can see what you have drawn.
  • Draw Island you can draw online : change sizes, colors and use shapes like rectangle, round,…. and save result. You can also generate animations with the different drawings you made
  • Draw.To Draw anything you like and share it instantly via email, instant messaging, Twitter, Facebook and more!
  • Favicon Icon Drawing Program Draw your own favicon for your URL
  • SketchPad Scribble. Doodle. Draw.
  • Slimber allows users to draw online, replay and save their drawings. Users can rate, comment and share drawings.
  • SnowFlaker Generate snowflakes with a touch of the e mouse.
  • SumoPaint Has similar features to photoshop but it is free.
  • Tessalation Creator Pick a shape, size, colors and tesselate!
  • Twiddla Team whiteboarding and virtual meeting space. (Free trial.)
  • FlockDraw is a free to use online whiteboard based painting & drawing tool. It makes it easy to draw online free with multiple people for fun or business. You can have unlimited people in a room and the drawing updates in real time. Uses different colors, shapes and text.
  • Google SketchUp 3D drawing tools (downloadable software)
  • Imaginary City Create your own or see what others have imagined!
  • Jungle Art from National Gallery of Art…create your own jungle!
  • Mutapic To create new pictures use the Generate mode and to modify existing pictures use the Mutation mode.
  • MyOats create designs using an online drawing application. These designs can be rated, downloaded, and archived. The Most Likeddesigns are rewarded by being featured on the home page.
  • National Gallery of Art’s Interactive Tools Create collages, paintings, a mobile, a still life and more.
  • Paintbox
  • Pixlr Create and/or edit images online.
  • Scribblar A collaboartive whiteboard with audio and chat
  • Scribbler “A generative illustration toy”
  • Scribbls Scribble and image with online tools. “Take any two things drawn by Scribbls members, and draw what happens when you mix them. If something you need for that perfect before and after idea of yours hasn’t been drawn yet, you can draw that yourself, too!” Can be fun, but not all scribbls are appropriate for student viewing. Probably best used as an idea starter!
  • ketch Toy is a free online drawing tool requires no registration and lets users download pics. Applications: digital graph paper, graphic art, etc.
  • Sketchlot “is a free collaborative whiteboard service that works on any device that has a web browser and is t is designed for teacher and student use. Teachers create their own accounts and then inside that account they can create a list of students. Each student is assigned his or her own password to use to join a drawing shared by his or her teacher. Teachers can create as many drawings as they like and share them on an individual basis. Teachers can share their drawings to one or all of their students at a time. Students can create their own sketches to share back to their teachers through Sketchlot..” (Free Technology for Teachers)
  • ViscosityLets you create and share your own works of art.
  • WebCanvas A blank page with lots of tools to draw or paint your image
  • Wordle Creates customized word cloud art from text you submit Tag Crowd is similar…but different. Also Advanced Wordle will let you highlights words and specify colors.
  • ZCubes Says you can “browsecalculatecreateeditdrawwatchlistenpaintpublishsearchtypeprintnetwork,learn and work.”

 

Animate

  • Anithings helps create animated stories. The program, now in beta, downloads to your computer and uses Adobe Air (another free software installation.) Currently the program is free, and there is a video overview and downloadable Getting Started Guide (pdf) available on theAnithings site.
  • cAnmish “reate your own animated video parodies through a ready-made collection of caricatures of famous figures in the world. With only a few keyboard buttons and your voice you’ll be able to make your favorite character come to life in an animated video of your own in less than a minute! You can speak up your mind, choose your favorite caricature, record your voice, save your animated video and share with your friends on Facebook and Twitter without having to know anything about video making or animation.”
  • Automatoon Powerful web animation tool with built-in drawing tool or import from other drawing or photo editing tool. “Automatoon has many advanced animation tools built in, including skeletal animation, inverse kinematics, automatic tweening, morphing, and fades. More importantly, in Automatoon you can actually figure out how to use these tools without spending hours with a manual.”
  • Biteable Just select an animation style from Biteable’s template gallery, edit the text and colors, the add photos and music. When your are done editing your video, click on ‘Email Me My Video’ and your video will be created in a matter of minutes.
  • Comics Sketch allows users to draw and animate comic strips and books. View, vote, and comment on your favorite comics by other members.
  • DisaPainted is an easy way to create simple stick animations. Repeat or play backwards, too!
  • Domo Animation From the makers of GoAnimate. Somewhat simpler, but you can’t upload your own backgrounds, characters or sounds. A good starter tool.
  • Draw Island is a free online tool for creating drawings and simple GIF animations.
  • FlipBook Create an online filip book with up to 100 pages
  • Flow“A motion painting machine. Create and playback.
  • FluxTime Studio An online animation tool for kids
  • Fuzzwich Choose your background, characters and dialogue for an animated mini-movie!
  • GoAnimateEasy to use animation tool with soundtracks, multiple characters and backgrounds to choose from. The educational version of GoAnimate is free for up to 100 accounts. A single teacher account gets unlimited access to all GoAnimate4Schools’ features. The teacher can also post work to GoAnimate4Schools’ public gallery. With a student account, users may craft animations of up to two minutes in length, upload music, record their voices, or take advantage of a text-to-speech function.
  • Make It Share It Draw. Animate. Share.
  • MeMoov Online animation studio. Select a setting, select a character or characters, and add dialogue to create an animated presentation up to 5 minutes in length. Create, rate, share.
  • Moovi is a “unique online tool which teachers and pupils can use to draw, animate and apply physical properties to objects in order to bring their pictures and words to life. Let them discover what happens when they make a ball even bouncier, a hippo even heavier or the word shiver actually shiver.”
  • Phun Downloadable drawng, painting, animation and creativity tool–a ‘playground’ where students can be creative while learning about physics principles such as resistance, friction, energy, gravity, force, etc.
  • PicTabs Draw and animate!
  • Powtoon An animated presentation tool offering a variety of styles. Read how teachers and students are using Powtoon here
  • Sketch Star Draw, animate, share. Includes a tutorial that explains animation and the tool.
  • Stage’D Stage’d is a digital toy for creating animated comics.
  • Stop Frame Animator is a tool for creating animated stop motion movies. Creating your animated stop motion video is a simple drag and drop process on Stop Frame Animator. To get started creating your stop motion video select a background scene then drag your characters into place.
  • VideoScribe literally gives you a hand to create your video. You choose an image, place it on the canvas, click on the play button and a hand will draw the image for you. Add music from their library or import your own (must be a svg file–scalable vector image), or add pre-recorded voice and watch the story unfold! You can choose from a variety of hands, papers and drawing tools. VideoScribe will also let you place an image–that is, slide it into place instead of drawing it, similar to one of the animation techniques used in PowToon.
  • Wideo is a service that allows anyone to create animated videos and Common Craft-style videos online. You can create an animated video on Wideo by dragging and dropping elements into place in the Wideo editor then setting the sequence of animations.
  • ZimmerTwinsAnimation creation for elementary students. Click and drag to build simple movies from clips using Zimmer Twins. Change words in a sentence to adjust characters and actions within the clips.

Create Comics

  • BAM: Body and Mind Comic book maker focusing on health, diseases, food & nutrition and physical activity. From the USA’s Centers for Disease Control and Prevention,
  • BitStrips Online comics you create with great graphics and easy to use tools. BitStrips for Schools is a premium version
  • Boy’s Life Comic Creator from Boy’s Life magazine includes some great backgrounds and characters.
  • Cartoon Maker and Super Hero Cartoon Maker from Cabridge English Online – create multi-frame cartoons
  • Chogger build comic strips by adding drawings, photos, and speech balloons. Edit and caption photos, take webcam pictures, add speech balloons, and draw lines to share your stories with the web comic community.
  • Comic Brush Comicbrush lets you mix stock artwork from their collection of comic backgrounds, characters and props with photos of your friends, neighborhood or college.You can add speech balloons, text, your own artwork and more.
  • Comic Creatorfrom ReadWriteThink leads students step by step through the creation of a comic strip.You’ll also find interactive comic lessons for grades K–12 and PDF worksheets. Comic Creator has a drag-and-drop interface with all the necessary tools (backgrounds, characters, props, and speech bubbles) to make your comic strip lesson a success.
  • Comics I/O Rather than having preset backgrounds and characters that can be layered on top of one another, it requires you to use HTML to create your comic. Thankfully everything is still kept simple, with stick figures and simple text being the order of the day. Thus you can create a comic strip which resembles xkcd, at least in terms of visual style.
  • Comic Master Create your own short comic book. Includes drag-and-drop options and superhero clip art.
  • Comics Sketch allows users to draw and animate comic strips and books. View, vote, and comment on your favorite comics by other members.
  • Comiqs Create and share comic-style stories. Draw your own or use photos and add graphics, doodles and text.
  • Create Your Own Comic from the creators of Marvel Comics. Create a 1-3 panel comic strip or a whole comic book (up to 22 pages!)
  • Design Comics Choose your own scenes and characters
  • Dr. Who Create and print your own Dr. Who adventure
  • The Funny Times Cartoon PlaygroundMany of the characters are recognisable stereotypes or political figures, so The Funny Times Cartoon Playground might make an interesting form of expression for kids who need to make a political comment or find an alternative to a book report. (The Book Chook).
  • Garfield’s Comic Creator Build your own Garfield comic strip – great for kids and big kids.
  • The Hero Factory Make yourself a hero with extraordinary powers. (Wait! You’re a school library media specialist? You already are and you already have them!)
  • Hero Machine Choose male or female hero.
  • HowToons Engaging content that teaches kids how to build things, combining instructions with storytelling. Has science engineering, art and imagination.
  • Lego Comic Builder Choose the number and arrangement of panels, backgrounds, props lego-like characters and word balloons.
  • LOL Builder Start with a character’s face/head and draw the rest.
  • MakeBeliefs Comix Create your own comic strip.
  • Mmorpg Create your own fantasy comics with this drag ‘n’ drop site.
  • My Story Maker is an interactive story book where students are in charge of creating a story. Students choose characters, and a genre and then begin telling a story. The students create the story by dragging and dropping characters, objects, and backgrounds into their story. The characters can have emotions and perform actions with the different objects and interact with each other. As students drag different elements to the story book, a story is written for them based on what is happening in the pictures. When they are finished, they have created an interactive book that they can read and share with friends. (via theiLearn Technology blog)
  • Myths Comic story creator with a focus on myths and legends
  • PikiKids Online comic generator especially for kids. Upload photos and add extras.
  • Pixton Comic creator with special K-12 versionavailable. The Pixton for Schools version comes with teacher moderation options and assessment rubrics, sound and voice, and image uploading capabilities. Free 30-day trial for 50 students;
  • ReadWriteThink Comic Creator Easy-to-use comic strip creator – Drag ‘n’ drop characters and speech bubbles – add your own text.
  • SketchDog On SketchDog you are not limited to predefined templates as you can make characters, and scenes from scratch.
  • Stage’DStage’d is a digital toy for creating animated comics. Select characters, costumes, scenery, create dialogs, and choose from a library of animations to make storytelling easier.
  • StoryBoard ThatComics make a great storyboarding and planning tool as well as a storytelling tool. “Storyboard That presents a great opportunity for students to work together. When creating a storyboard, students can discuss what they want their story to say, how to structure it and what imagery to use.” (Free & premium)
  • StoryTop Drop and drag interface can create storyboards or multiple page stories.
  • Strip CreatorOne, two, or three panels, with left and right character. Simple as that. Using pull-down menu options, students can create a two-character comic strip with background photos, narration, dialogue, and thought bubbles.
  • StripGenerator Comic, black and white characters, beings, objects, shapes, and bubbles make this place pretty unique amongst others.
  • Super Action Comic Maker provides 6 frames for making your own super hero comic.
  • Super Hero Squad Create your own comic strips using Marvel superhero characters. Can create up to 22 pages.
  • ToonDo Comic strips you design! (one of top five)
  • ToonLetTwo parts make the ToonLet. Character maker and strip maker. Combine the two, and you can create really funny comic strips.
  • Wideo choose (or upload) the images, fonts, animations, and videos you want to use in order to create your own online video and then share.
  • Witty Comics Select from a library of scenes, characters, and bubbles to make simple strips.
  • Write Comics Choose characters, background and dialogue to create your own comic strip.
  • Xispita a site for creating, finding, and sharing cartoons and comics with students. With a robust editing engine and a large and growing community churning out many different comics and cartoon strips on a daily basis, Xispita is a nice site to use with students of all ages. As it does have a community aspect and gallery, some younger students might need supervision. (via Edutecher)

Charting

  • Best4C Online diagram tool that allows you to create, edit and share charts
  • Cacoo – A great site for creating online charts and diagrams. A great feature is the ability to collaborate with others in real-time while creating a chart via a chat.
  • ChartAll Easy to generate graphs of all kinds
  • ChartGo Create bar graphs, line graphs or pie charts. Paste your data in the graph data area and hit the create graph button.
  • Chartle A great site for creating online interactive charts. What makes Chartle so unique and impressive is the ability to create more than your standard graphs such as: venn diagrams, maps, gauges, and more.(via David Kapuler)
  • Chart Tool Generate graphs, flowcharts, bar charts, pie charts, line charts, bubble charts and radar plots.
  • Creately Diagram anything from SWOT charts to organizational charts to mindmaps.
  • Diagramly – A cool site for creating diagrams, flow charts, and more that is similar to Lucid Chart.
  • DrawAnywhere Generate flow charts, organizational charts and diagrams online.
  • FlowChart.com A collaborative flowchart creation tool.
  • Google Chart Tools
  • Graphic Organizers Generate custom designed graphic organizers
  • iCharts – A wonderful site/network for creating charts that you can embed into a site. Also, a user can share charts on social networking sites and browse/save other iCharts from the web. (via David Kapuler)
  • LovelyCharts Drag and drop diagramming tool
  • LucidChart Collaborative flow chart tool. Most recent version is always published. Also creates mindmaps. Free version is very limited, but LucidChart offers //free educational// //licenses//.
  • NYTimes Visualization Lab “create visual representations of data and information using data from today’s news.”
  • ProcessOn is a tool for creating charts and diagrams collaboratively. A built-in chat tool allows students to discuss the illustration they are creating or examining.
  • Rich Chart Live – An excellent site for created animated flash based charts that can be embedded into a site. Also, a user has the ability to add links to a chart. (via David Kapuler)
  • Pretty Graph – A simple site to use to make a wide variety of graphs, such as: line charts, histograms , and more. Also, a user can embed into a site, share with others users via email, or save as template. (via David Kapuler)
  • Swivel Upload and explore data through charts and graphs
  • Tablefy Create charts to help collect and compare data. Cells can contain images, sounds, video, text, etc. Publish online or embed in your own webpage. Search through tables others have created as well.
  • Verifiable “Turn any set of numbers into an explanatory picture.”

 

Mindmaps

Concept Maps, Brainstorming Tools

  • Bubble.usCreate notes and create mindmaps online. Collaborative too that “has a wonderful user interface and is easy to use. This is classic concept mapping. Start with a central idea and branch off to other ideas. Easily create or delete connections to other thought bubbles. For text only mindmaps, Bubble.us works great. If you need to add images or videos, check out some of the other tools below.” (HP Experience Exchange)
  • Coggle A very simple to use, collaborative mind-mapping tool.
  • CoMapping“is online mind mapping software to manage and share information. “Use it to take notes, plan and organize. It’s a way to have one set of notes. One set of files. For everyone.”
  • Connected Mind is a free mind mapping tool that you can find in the Google Chrome Web Store. Using Connected Mind you can create free-form mind maps or use a template. A lot of mind mapping tools lock you into using straight lines between elements, but Connected Mind is not one of them. Connected Minds allows you to create mind maps in any configuration that you like. As it is a Chrome Web Store app, Connected Mind allows you to save your work online using your Google Account credentials.” (Free Technology for Teachers)
  • Creately Diagrams and mindmaps made easy.
  • Diagrammr Create a diagram by writing sentences
  • DropMindIntuitive and creative mind mapping tool that helps you think, manage and share your information and ideas. Visualizing thoughts and information and presenting them in a manageable format can help you set your priorities easily, organize your daily work effectively, and make smarter decisions faster. DropMind™ integrates with MS® Office, MS® Project, Google Apps and more. Desktop and ipad versions available.
  • Exploratree a free web resource where you can download, use and make your own interactive thinking guides.
  • FreeMind Open source mind mapping software written in Java
  • Glinkr Collaborative mindmapping tool.
  • IMindi
  • MeadMap Organize, take notes, diagram, collaborate on research. “Users can attach pdfs, jpgs, office documents and other files to their Mead Maps. This enhancement improves group collaboration, allowing teammates to quickly store and update all project resources in one centralized location.” (Fee based after 30-day trial.)
  • Mind42(mind for two) Collaborative mindmapper is “simple and gets the job done. Like many of the others, start with a main topic and quickly add new nodes. You can move and regroup content by dragging and dropping as well as include images and links.” (HP Experience Exchange)
  • MindMaple is pre-loaded with themes and templates. Visual thinkers will like the software because it allows use of pictures and clip-art. Select any topic on your mind map and use the Clip Art library to add appropriate graphics.
  • Mindmanager Web
  • MindMeisterA collaborative online mindmapping tool. (one of top five). “Mindmister is a nice blend of features and usability. Double click anywhere to add content. You can also include icons and images–either your own or from the clipart library. In addition, mindmaps can include notes, links and even attachments. Keep in mind the free version scrolls through ads in the upper-right corner and you can only create three maps.” (HP Experience Exchange)
  • MindMup enables users to save files online, share them with others, or export them.
  • MindomoAnother collaborative online mindmapping tool ;that “includes many features, including a clipart library and the ability to import images from Google images or Flickr as well as video straight from YouTube. The interface looks similar to Office 2007 with a ribbon and tabs for the various tools. Exploring these tabs reveals a large number of options and formatting tools. Mindomo works well if you need more than just text bubbles and has all the power of an installed application.” (HP Experience Exchange)
  • ReadWriteThink Webbing Tool Find lesson plans for using this tool here.
  • Stormboard “is a service designed for hosting collaborative online brainstorming activities. Stormboard allows you to create an unlimited amount of “idea boards” or Stormboards with up to five collaborators on each one. Each of your Stormboards can include sticky notes, images, videos, drawings, and word documents. Moving items around on your Stormboard is a simple drag and drop process like the one you may have used on services like Padlet. Each item that you add to your Stormboard includes a commenting option that your collaborators can use to give you feedback on your ideas.” (Free Technology for Teachers)
  • Spider Scribe is an online mind map creation service that can be used individually or collaboratively. Users can add images, maps, calendars, text notes, and uploaded text files to their mind maps.
  • Spinscape
  • Text2Mindmap Create an online and push the “convert to mindmap button”
  • Think Free mindmapping
  • WebofWeb Downloadable open source mindmapping tool.
  • Webspiration Web-based collaborative tool that integrates outline and diagram formats–from the people who make Inspiration andKidspiration
  • WikiMindMapMap relationships between wikipedia terms–good research starter
  • Wisdomaps “A wisdomap has three ares: a mind map, articles and resources. Combining these areas creates a powerful format to organise information in an uncluttered way.” Up to 3 maps free.
  • WiseMapping“offers a bare bones user interface but includes everything you need to create a mindmap. Start with a main idea and branch from there. You can add icons and adjust the shape and color of your content. Share or export completed maps in several formats, including PDF.” (HP Experience Exchange)

Timelines

  • All of Me Mutlimedia timeline generator. “Automatically create a personal timeline of your life from any digital assets you have, usch as pictures, videos, blogs, documents, or any internet page.” There is also a version to provide a timeline from any RSS feed..
  • Capzles An interactive multimedia timeline builder: videos, mp3s, blogs, photos; then share and see what others have created.
  • Dipity is a free digital timeline website. Users can create, share embed and collaborate on interactive, visually engaging timelines that integrate video, audio, images, text, links, social media, location and timestamps.
  • Free Timeline Generate a timeline and embed it in report or webpage
  • HSTRY Is an interactive timeline generator that gives you the option to insert quiz questions throughout your timelines. HSTRY supports the inclusion of video, audio, and pictures throughout your timelines. (Free Tech for Teachers)
  • Knightlab TimelineJS is an open-source tool that enables anyone to build visually rich, interactive timelines. Beginners can create a timeline using nothing more than a Google spreadsheet. TimelineJS can pull in media from a variety of sources: Twitter, Flickr, YouTube, Vimeo, Vine, Dailymotion, Google Maps, Wikipedia, SoundCloud, Document Cloud and more!
  • Make Your Own TImeline SImple timeline generator for elementary students
  • Meograph offers a way to create narrated map-based and timeline-based stories.
  • MyHistro Combine maps, timelines, photos, videos and blogging to tell your story.
  •  Create an interactive timeline from your RSS Feed and then cut and paste your timeline into any blog or webpage.OurStory Save images, stories, videos in a collaborative timeline and then share online.
  • OurTImeLines Personalized timeline generator
  • Preceden Easy to use timeline generator with layers available.
  • ReadWriteThink has a beautiful timeline tool that allows users to add project labels and easily create timelines.
  • Simile Powerful timeline generator
  • Thinkport Timeline Tool Construct a timeline, adding events, descriptions, and images.
  • ThisMoment.com A combination slide show, video sharing site, photo sharing site, timeline, blogging, scraobook and map mashup.
  • TikiToki Create beautiful, interactive timelines that include videos and image galleries. You can use assets from YouTube, Flickr, Vimeo and more. With a click of a button you can move through the timeline in 3D. Cool.
  • TimeGlider (formerly MnemoGraph) web-based timeline software for creating and sharing history and project planning
  • Timeline Explore, create, share and discuss timelines
  • TimelineJS is an open-source tool that enables anyone to build visually,rich, interactive timelines. Beginners can create a timeline using nothing more than a Google spreadsheet. It can pull in media from a variety of sources and has built-in support for Twitter, Flickr, Google Maps, YouTube, Vimeo, Vine, Dailymotion, Wikipedia, SoundCloud and more.
  • TimeRime Make and/or explore timelines using visuals, text and more.
  • TimeToast Create timelines. Share them on the web.
  • WhenInTime Create, view, explore, share and contribute to interactive digital timelines on the topic of their choice. Timelines built using WhenInTime can be embedded in your own blogs/websites. Events can be added to timelines one at a time or in bulk from data feeds such as Twitter, YouTube, Flickr etc. WhenInTime offers a variety of themes and templates to choose from.

Graphing

  • Archimy Generate 3D graphs online.
  • ChartAll Easy to generate graphs of all kinds
  • ChartGo Create bar graphs, line graphs or pie charts. Paste your data in the graph data area and hit the create graph button.
  • ChartGizmo can create free charts for your website, blog, and social network profiles. ChartGizmocan be used to visualize scientific, social, or other types of data. Create charts from imported spreadsheet data or dynamically collected information. The following types of diagrams are available: Pie, Bar, Line, Ring, 3D Pie, 3D Bar, 3D Line, Candle, Scatterplot, Time Series. All chart settings are customizable, and chart modifications and updates are easy. (via Edge21: Catch of the Day)
  • ChartTool Design and share your own graphs online and for free. Supports a number of different chart types like: bar charts, pie charts, line charts, bubble charts and radar plots.
  • CrappyGraphs Create line graphs and Venn Diagrams that tell your story. Review examples others have created and post yours online.
  • Create-A-Graph and Create-A-Graph Classic from the National Center for Educational Statistics offer tutorials and five different kinds of graph and chart makers for kids. (one of top five)
  • DYI Chart Offers variety of professionally designed chart templates. With a simple click, enhance your charts with a wealth of professionally designed chart templates and layouts. Column, Stacked Column, Bar, Stacked Bar, Area, Stacked Area, Pie, Doughnut, Pyramid, Funnel, Point, Bubble, Line, Range, Combination, CandleStick, Stock, Radar and Polar.
  • eTutor Graphing Calculator
  • Fooplot Online graphing calculator
  • Google Chart Tools Google’s online chart tools are powerful, simple to use, and free. A variety of chart types are available, from simple scatter plots to hierarchical treemaps. Configure an extensive set of options to customize the look and feel of your charts. Cross-browser and cross-platform compatibility with HTML5, no plugins needed. Connect to your data dynamically in real time using a variety of data connection tools. (via Edge21: Catch of the Day)
  • GraphJam Create any kind of graph. Examples will get your creative juices going and tickle your funny bone, too. Similar to CrappyGraphs
  • GraphSketch Plot and download or link. Beyond simple math and grouping (like “(x+2)(x-4)”), there are math funcitons available.
  • Holhi Line graphs, pie graphs, scatter plots, Venn diagrams, and more.
  • Many Eyes a tool for visualizing data; “visualizations provided on Many Eyes range from the ordinary to the experimental.”
  • OWTChart Generatorat MapTools.org is an on-line tool that can be used to produce a variety of charts. Choose the desired chart type by clicking on a Pie, Line, Simple Bar, or Multi-bar Chart icon, then define the chart’s parameters on the subsequent page. A GIF image of the chart type that you specified will be generated and displayed. The chart image can be saved to your desktop and used in other applications.
    (via Edge21: Catch of the Day)
  • Pie Charts Quick and easy pie charts – 2 or 3D. Create colorful pie charts and embed them!
  • PieColorAnother quick pie chart creation tool with color. Produces a downloadable image.
  • Rich Chart Live is a free online web app that can be used to create visually attractive and interactive charts. All you need is an Internet connection and a Flash-enabled web browser in Windows, Mac, or Linux. Data can be imported from a spreadsheet or enter it directly. Charts can be exported as a Flash animation, as a PowerPoint presentation, or embedded directly into your blog or website. (via Edge21: Catch of the Day)
  • Simple Graph makes it easy to plot and share graphs online. Just sign in with either Facebook, Twitter, Github or Weibo. Then enter the necessary data to generate a graph. When it is finished, you can share it by either giving out a read-only link or on social media.
  • StatPlot is a service that allows users to create charts and graphs of statistics from the NBA, NCAA Basketball, the NFL, NCAA Football, and NASCAR. Users select the data sets that they would like to compare and StatPlot creates a chart of that data.
  • Swivel Upload and explore data through charts and graphs
  • Widgenie creates graphs and charts from spreadsheet data (xcel, google spreadsheet and more) and gives you a widget, a link or an embed code, or sends it to iGoogle, Blogger, etc. Choose from a variety of chart types.

Infographics

  • Creately lets you make easy-to-make diagrams and flow charts (easy to collaborate too). Choose from a number of diagram types including Venn diagrams, UI & Web mockups, Flowcharts, Organizational charts, UML diagrams, Mind maps, Network plans, SWOT analysis, Value stream maps, TQM diagrams and more.and quickly add your data to make your own chart.
  • Dipity is a free digital timeline website. Users can create, share embed and collaborate on interactive, visually engaging timelines that integrate video, audio, images, text, links, social media, location and timestamps.
  • Ease.ly Choose a template and then drag and drop your information to create an infographic.
  • GapMinder Create graphics based on world data. They update automatically as data changes. A desktop version is also available for working offline. Also, see the GapMinder card game.
  • Gliffy provides pre-built templates to help you create incredibly professional-looking diagrams including: Flow Charts, Network diagrams, Floor plans, Org charts, Venn diagrams, SWOT analysis, Wireframes, Site maps, UML, Business process modeling, Technical drawings. The free version allows users to create 5 diagrams.
  • Google Public Data lets you easily take public data and transform it into an infographic of your choice.
  • Gunn Map 2 is a completely online application which also lets you create customizable maps with your own data.
  • Hohli 3-D charts, venn diagrams, and graphs.
  • Infogr.am Choose a design. Add your data. (Infogram lets you actually import data right into the site and then translate it all into useful visualizations.) Share or embed your new infographic.
  • Many Eyes is an online application by IBM which will let you upload data sets and create stunning visualizations with ease including bubble, bar, pie, and matrix charts, network diagrams, tree maps, word trees, tag clouds, world, country, county, and neighborhood maps, and line and stack graphs.
  • New York Times’ Visualization Lab lets you use statistics from recent NYTimes articles to create visualisations in various formats. You can also see other people’s visualisations and see how other people choose to display the same data.
  • Piktochart Tools and templates to create your own infographics.
  • StatPlanet Create interactive maps and graphics in your browser based on data you provide.
  • Venngage (likely named for Venn diagrams) lets you easily create infographics and other data visualizations but, more importantly, it lets you track the analytics of who is viewing your infographic
  • Visual.ly Choose a template and enter your data. Find and share infographics here.
  • What About Me? is a free infographic generator from Intel..Users can easily create their own infographics based on their Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube activities. This is a great way to trace our digital footprints
  • Wordle lets you create word visualizations using text you enter.

Mapping

  • Animaps Create animated maps with popup text, video, photos. Play like a movie!
  • DebateMapper– Outline the two sides of any debate. You can also view other debate maps on current topics.
  • CommunityWalk Create personalcommunity, and professional maps; Show the map on a website or blog. Add photosvideos, comments, more.
  • GeoCommons Make and share interactive maps. Create interactive maps from thousands of publicly sourced datasets.
  • GeoTrio Create audio tours with any Google maps. Add images, too.
  • Google Earth Shows 3D overviews of major cities, mountains, and other terrain, as well as driving directions and maps. Also includes Sky. (requires software download)
  • Google Maps Generate maps and directions
    • Google Maps API Manipulate and embed Google Maps in your own web pages. “Probably the best known and the most often used, the Google Maps API is the standard for online maps that are easily integrated across platforms. Google Map’s API allows for street level views along with Google Places integration, providing information and even reviews for locations in which your audience might be interested. The maps are customizable by color, visibility levels and even labels.” (Educational Technology & Mobile Learning)
  • Heganoo is a tool that allows you to build multimedia placemarks on a map. Your completed map can be displayed in a variety of formats including a slide-by-slide format that allows viewers to see placemark information as slides while viewing the map in the background. Placemarks in your map can include pictures, videos, and text.
  • Historypin allows anyone with a Google account to place images within the setting of current Google Maps Streetview imagery. If you don’t have images to add, you can simply explore the imagery added by others. To explore the imagery on Historypin, zoom in on a location then select a range of dates on the Historypin timeline. (Free Technology for Teachers)
  • MapBox “is a great map-based solution for spatial analysis on the fly, making it easy to integrate location into any mobile or online application. Their goal is to “change the way people move around cities and understand our planet.” Their coolest feature? The tool offers a Smart Directions API, allowing you to integrate live directions into your app. For example, when a courier accepts a task, Smart Directions generates a route specifically for their mode of transportation.” Educational Technology & Mobile Learning)
  • Mapfaire is a free tool for quickly creating maps that contain simple placemarks. Using Mapfaire you can create a custom map that highlights places you specify.
  • MapMe “is a platform that enables anyone to build smart and beautiful maps without any coding. It allows you to turn on and off powerful features such as events, jobs, crowdsourcing, rating, reviews with a click of a button. Data can easily be imported into maps. The platform is a great solution for all kinds of organizations.” (Educational Technology & Mobile Learning)
  • Mapness A place to share your travel experience. where you’ve been and what you saw. Add photos and videos Mark the best spots to visit. Could be used for field trips, literary tours, history research and reports.
  • Mapquest Maps and directions
  • MapStack Assemble a selection of different map layers like backgrounds, satellite imagery, terrain, roads or labels! Tweak Photoshop-like controls like colors, masks, opacity and brightness to make a map your own! Share your map with a link or Pinterest or Tumblr!
  • MapTrot add placemarks by entering an address, by specifying latitude and longitude coordinates, or by simply zooming in and clicking on a location. See maps others have made, too.
  • MapWing makes it easy to build, share, and explore virtual tours. Use Mapwing to turn your digital photos into virtual tours that include interactive maps, images, and comments. Then, share your virtual tours with friends, clients, or the entire world.
  • MyPicsMap is a mash-up of Google Maps and Flickr. This is really a nice tool to use if you are a Flickr user. You can track where pictures were taken and then click on the thumbnail to blow up the image.
  • National Atlas Map Maker A good tool for creating a wide variety of maps. The map maker can be used to generate thematic representations of large collections of data. Users select data from different categories and the map maker generates a map representing the chosen data.
  • National Geographic MapMaker Interactive offers six themes on which users can create custom map displays. Within each theme there are subcategories to choose from. For example, you can select the theme Physical Systems Land then choose volcanic eruptions to display on your map. Map Maker Interactive also provides drawing tool and marker icons that you can place on your map.
  • Quikmaps Drag and drop icons onto Google maps; scribbling, line tracing, text labels, and other tools. Quickly draw, type, and insert icons on a Google Map. {via Free Technology for Teachers)
  • QuizGeo is a site that hosts geography quizzes built on the Google Maps platform. On QuizGeo you can browse and play pre-made geography quizzes or create your own quizzes.
  • ScribbleMaps Draw on any Google map. “Scribble Maps provides a variety of base layer maps on which you can draw freehand, add placemarks, add image overlays, and type across the map. Compared to creating a custom map on Google Maps, Scribble Maps is much easier for students to learn how to use. Scribble Maps also provides far more default placemark icons than Google’s My Maps tool.” (Free Tech for Teachers)
  • ShareMyMap Be as generic or as specific as you wish. Create you own community, receive contributions, add relevant information, rate and comment on all shared items.
  • StoryMaphelps you tell stories on the web that highlight the locations of a series of events.
  • Target Map is a service that allows anyone to create mapped displays of data sets. Users of Target Map can import and map their own data sets, use data sets from other users, use data sets found online, or manually input data onto a map.
  • Thematic Mapping Engine Similar to the National Atlas Map Maker. Enables you to visualise global statistics on Google Earth. The primary data source is UNdata.
  • Tripline lets you combine maps with photos, audio, stories, links and text. Map your imaginary trip around the world…or your real one! Here’s an exampleuMapper Create and mark-up editable maps from Microsoft Earth, Google Maps, etc. “UMapper allows you to create embeddable maps without a ton of coding expertise. Counting National Geographic, USA Today and the Huffington Post amongst its users, UMapper allows for the creation of geogames, interactive maps and for monetization through advertising. You can also choose from map providers – such as Bing, Google and Yahoo. UMapper provides detailed usage statistics on your maps. Packages are available in both free and premium packages.”
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  • WikiMindMapMap relationships between wikipedia terms–good research starter
  • WiseMapping Online mindmaping tools
  • World Map is a free program developed by the Center for Geographic Analysis at Harvard University. World Map is designed to enable creation, visualization, and exploration of geographically referenced information.
  • Yahoo Maps.
  • ZeeMaps “enables you to design and publish interactive maps with a whole range of features, including data imports from excel, csv and even Google docs. The nice thing about ZeeMaps is that once your data is on there, the maps are highly customizable, allowing you to choose from custom icons, color regions, multimedia and more.You can also create custom fields without any development knowledge. Their three tiered access feature – viewer, member and admin makes this a great option for presentations and group data analysis projects. ZeeMaps offers free as well as paid versions.” (Educational Technology & Mobile Learning)

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General Rubrics for Drawing, Charting and Mapping Tools

Computer Drawing/Painting

Animation

Comics

Timelines

Charts

Graphs

Mind/Concept Maps

Maps

 
 

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