Activities for Concept Mapping
Identify a problem/need in your content area (e.g. What were
four main causes of the Civil War? Describe the relationships between major
characters in Hamlet; Create a marketing strategy for a small business, etc.)
Do a quick Internet search to find out what technology tools you can use to organize the brainstorming process for your topic.
For the purposes of this class, we will be using the Inspiration software; however, there are several excellent free, web-based tools that are similar to Inspiration and also allow for real-time collaboration.
Using your original problem/need, create a basic graphic organizer that uses at least three levels of idea generation (L1 topic-->L2 main idea-->L3 supporting idea/detail).
When you have finished your graphic organizer, think about the following design process (of which we have completed the first two steps):
Write a short reflection (2-3 paragraphs) about how you can apply this process to a unit or topic of study in your content area. Include which tech tools you might employ and how you would use them. This will not be part of the initial grading but should be posted when you complete the standards section of your portfolio.
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