The Seeing Reason tool works well as a collaborative tool. Students working together to build a diagram, engage in critical thinking and deep conversation. Students can investigate the cause of a problem, illustrating connections. They need to think about all the factors leading to an event and how they are related. If students are going to be doing research, they can make their diagram prior to the activity, and then after data is collected, they can talk about their new knowledge and how it affects their original map. Teachers can use student diagrams to start conversations about student thinking.
Here is link for a diagram I made to show the relationship between factors that led up to Karana being left alone on the Island of the Blue Dolphins, a novel my language arts class reads. Here is a lesson plan in which a version of this diagram would be a product.
Manage project teams: http://screencast.com/t/wn7vY55hoj
Note: It was easy for me to create an account, but I had the hardest time finding how to register to use the tools. Here is where you can register. Then I had a hard time starting a project and had to email the company. They got back to me within 24 hours and gave me this link.