A few weeks ago I was searching high and low for a solution to making a pretty concept map with text links to use as a navigation / home page for a wiki. I eventually got smart and asked Kristin for help, and in the end we came up with a pretty good solution.
You can see the end result here, on the home page for our place-based education wiki.
Here's the solution Kristin helped me come up with, in case it saves someone else some time some day:
The concept map was created using bubbl.us -- a free, intuitive online concept mapping tool that supports collaboration with multiple users, much like a wiki.
Within bubbl.us, the text label of any concept bubble can be converted to a link by adding the link address in front of the text and putting the text in brackets. For example typing the following in a bubble:
bubbl.us will create a link in the text bubble that looks and works like this: Google.
Finally, the concept map can be embedded in your wikispaces page as follows:
- Click on the "Menu" button on the lower right of any bubbl.us sheet and choose the "HTML embed code" option.
- Copy the resulting html embed code from the box on the bubbl.us page and insert it as a widget in your wikispaces page, by
- Clicking the "Widget" button on the Edit menu bar, selecting the "Other HTML" tab, and copying the embed code from bubbl.us into the box
- You may also wish to alter the size of the embedded box by changing the width and height parameters within the embedded html codes.