On site are the educational implications and practical ideas for using this in the classroom. They do advise that if minors are using the service they are to have parental approval or direct supervision by an adult such as a teacher. To sign up a username, password and email are requested.
Once signed in/up at your home page click on Create a new nodemap. At the first screen enter in a title for the nodemap and a short description along with making sure that begin empty is checked; unless you are returning. Once those items are completed to your satisfaction click on Make a new nodemap.
By clicking on one of the three different icons (flower, +, x) users can copy, cut, paste below, merge up or down, add nodes or delete nodes. Colors to text and node can be changed using an extensive palette.
During the process of designing a nodemap toggling back and forth between saving and preview is very easy to do. From preview mode users can see their creation live, get a URL for display on SpicyNodes, or the HTML code for embedding it in your blog or web site.
This takes making an outline to a whole new visual level. Below is the beginning of a nodemap for the annual Mock Caldecott Election held at the Charlevoix Elementary School Library Media Center each year.