Concept Mapping

Activities for Concept Mapping

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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).

  1. Use 6 or more images - you may select photos from the Inspiration image library but you should also select some images from other source (web, digital camera, etc).
  2. Use text in some areas of the chart.
  3. Link all the images.
  4. Save the file as the oiriginal inspiration (.isf) file and export the file as an Acrobat (pdf) file
  5. Export the Inspiration file as "Web Pages" to an empty folder that you name. Inspiration will create a folder and a .htm file and place them on your descktop. Both of the folder and the file should be saved inside a folder with a short name representing your concept map. For example, if your concept map is about different types of Hummingbirds place the folder and .htm file inside a folder named Hummingbirds. Compress the Hummingbirds folder as a .zip file for posting.
  6. Turn in or post all three versions of concept map the original isf file. the pdf file and the .zip file containing the web site.

When you have finished your graphic organizer, think about the following design process (of which we have completed the first two steps):

  1. Identify problem
  2. Brainstorm solutions
  3. Create/execute
  4. Evaluate

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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