Coggle starter: Free limited version; Coggle Awesome: $5/month; Coggle Organization: $8/ Month
Cognitivism, Constructionism, Social Constructivism
Ease of Use
Global Collaborator, Innovative Designer, Creative Communicator
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Coggle has three different types of plans for its users. The starter plan is free, the Awesome plan is $5/month, and the Organization plan is $8/month. Each plan allows for additional features, such as more creative freedom when making diagrams (Awesome), and user and data management (Organizer).
Type of Learning
Students who use Coggle are learning new information through cognitive processes by organizing and assigning meaning to each concept.
Students learn by building mind maps and diagrams on topics they are introduced to, allowing them to process new ideas as they work on their creations.
Students can work collaboratively with their peers on mind maps in real-time, enabling them to share their knowledge, and learn with, and from one another.
Ease of Use
We gave Coggle 3 stars for ease of use because the user interface is clear to navigate, and there are multiple instructional videos on the site (Video Tutorial Introduction, Keyboard Shortcuts). When using different features, a pop-up box with an explanation of each button appears when your mouse hovers over it, this makes it easy to create mind maps, even if you have never used Coggle before.
Coggle does have an accessibility statement that states the application includes hotkeys, a screen reader, and color changes for users with disabilities. There are still several limitations. According to Coggle, “text does not wrap onto the screen, but may scroll off the edge for large diagrams … The visual structure of Coggle diagrams may not be well represented by screen readers, and while the PDF exports of diagrams include text in an accessible format, the visual structure of the diagram in the PDF file will be ignored by screen readers, which will normally read the diagram from top to bottom” (Coggle, accessibility policy, 2022, para. 4-6).
There is no limitation on the number of students who can work on mind maps at once, as long as they have their own devices, users are allowed to add people to their mind maps by sending out an email invitation, however, the shareable links are only available for paid plans.
Educators and students need to log in to use Coggle, which can only be done with a third-party account such as Apple, Microsoft, or Google.
Students use this online tool to plan and design their mind maps using the provided colors, shapes, and formats.
Students can creatively present their visual representations of the content they learn in class.
Students can work with their peers in real-time to create mind maps on new material and concepts learned in class.
Coggle Overview Video
Coggle & the SAMR Model
Dr. Ruben Puentedura’s SAMR model offers a lens for examining how technology is adopted in a classroom. As you strive to incorporate online tools into your classroom, we encourage you to use this model as an analytic tool.
Here is an example of how Coggle might fit within the SAMR model:
- Substitution: Students can create mind maps in Coggle rather than on a whiteboard in class.
- Augmentation: Students can add videos, images, and links to their mind maps and even access the public diagrams to use as a template for their creation.
- Modification: Students can create mind maps about course material, and can revisit them, make edits, and add new information they learn later on.
- Redefinition: Students can work on projects, in real-time, with people outside of their community to expand their learning network.
Younger students who are starting to learn geometry can use the Shapes in the Coggle template to create a diagram with the names of different shapes and how they are classified. As a way to practice this, they can identify shapes they see in their own lives and edit their diagram over seven days.
To explain a challenging concept, students could create a diagram that goes into depth on the key components of that concept. For example, in biology, a mind map that lays out you learn the structure and function of cells, which involves many components that can be difficult to understand and remember. Using a mind map that incorporates images can help students to visualize each step and how they relate to one another.
Students can use Coggle to create a diagram as an outline for an essay. Creating a mind map can be an effective way of categorizing thoughts, themes, and main points in a cohesive and visually appealing way.
Students can use Coggle to create a timeline of important historical events, as a way to remember when they occurred, as well as their significance in world history. Image of a public diagram on Coggle of a timeline of Roman historical events.
Coggle can easily change the language of the user interface, so students can create mind maps in the foreign language they are learning in school to memorize the meaning of words and phrases.
How to Use Coggle
- Go to https://coggle.it.
- Click “Sign Up Now” to create an account using your existing Google, Microsoft, or Apple account.
- If you do not already have one of these accounts you must create one to get started.
- From the pop-up window that asks to select which category best describes you as a user, hover over the “Education” option, then select “Teacher”.
- To start using the free version of the tool, click on the green button on the top left-hand side that says “Create Diagram.”
- To invite other people to collaborate on your Coggle, click the gray add symbol (+) in the upper right-hand corner.
- To chat with the people you are collaborating with, click the gray quotation symbol (“) in the upper right-hand corner, and a chat box will appear on the right side.
- Once you have started making diagrams, you can access them easily from the sidebar on the left side of the home screen.
- Under “Created By You” you can find all the diagrams you have made.
- Under the “Shared With Me” you can find all the diagrams people have allowed you access to work on.
- Under “Gallery” you can find popular diagrams and use them as templates when creating your own.
- There is also a “Create Folder” button so you can organize your diagrams into categories.
- To upgrade to either the “Awesome” subscription or the “Organization” subscription, click the orange button on the top left-hand side that says “Upgrade Now”.
Arulchelvan, P., Veramuthu, P., Singh, P. K. P., & Yunus, M. M. (2019). iGen Digital Learners: Let’s Collaborate via Coggle. Creative Education, 10, 178-189. https://doi.org/10.4236/ce.2019.101014
Debbag, M., Cukurbasi, B., & Fidan, M. (2021). Use of digital mind maps in technology education: A pilot study with pre-service science teachers.Informatics in Education, 20(1), 47-68. https://files.eric.ed.gov/fulltext/EJ1289388.pdf
This page was created by Anna Hellyar & Tom Yuan.