Below are some options for creating simple charts and diagrams much like the one below. These diagrams are especially helpful for students who may not understand text alone. Students may also wish to use these tools for organizing their own presentations
The following tools are installed in the CLC Student Computing Labs. Note that these tools include different shape templates depending on your project needs.
Note that Visio and OmniGraffle are oriented for business and technology users, while Inspiration is oriented for K-12 educators. However, the tool sets are actually very similar.
Free download and documentation are at http://live.gnome.org/Dia
Free download at http://www.bohemiancoding.com/. Also available in a pro version.
Free download and documentation are at http://www.inkscape.org/download/. Note that Mac users must install an updated version of X11, a program that allows the Mac to run Unix programs.