Topic: Graphic Organizers - Self Study
Visual Learning: Graphic organizers are visual representations of knowledge, concepts or ideas. They are known to help enhance recall, provide motivation, create interest, and promote deeper understanding of concepts.
Take a few moments now to learn more about the following:
About Inspiration: You will use the software program called Inspiration to create graphic organizers. Inspiration allows you to ...
- convey the structure of some topic in a visually appealing way.
- communicate a lot of content in a way that can be printed out in a single page
- post graphic organizers on the web with hyperlinks going to many more web sites.
- disseminate information in a way an expert would organize it in his or her own mind.
Tutorials: Inspiration is an intuitive tool and it is likely that you will learn to use it without help. When you need assistance learning to use Inspiration, tutorials are available at AtomicLearning.com (username: sdsu -- password: *obtain from instructor* )
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Inspiration also has a 30+ page tutorial available for viewing and printing.
Finally, there is a great video tutorial on using Inspiration offered by Inspiration.
Practice and Assignment
Your assignment is to create a single concept map on an educational topic of your choice that could be used with students. Your deliverable should have the following characteristics:
- A color background with sufficient contrast to distinguish it easily from the text
- At least 20 concepts or facts organized into categories and subcategories (that is, a single blob with 20 blobs coming directly out of the center with no chunking is NOT what we're after)
- At least 5 images used appropriately to illustrate the concepts
- Hyperlinks attached to at least 10 of the items on the page
- MOST IMPORTANT: the structure of the map should mirror the scructure of the content itself, with some concepts subsuming others.
One example of what your final product might look like is this map about Geology education in CA. Click on the image to enlarge.
Here are some more examples of concept maps completed in Spring 2004.
Evaluation: This rubric for your concept map project will be used to score your project.
Tips for Success
1. Use the HELP files found in the Inspiration software to learn more about how to use the tool.
2. Use colors to help organize your concept map. For example, use one color for your main topic. Then make the topics one level down another color (but all the same color because they are on the same level). Do the same for each sub-level from your main topic.
3. Select images and graphics that convey the point of your topic or of a specific idea within your map.
4. Here is a PowerPoint on various graphic organizers that you might find useful: The use of graphic organizers in teaching and learning -- A PowerPoint presentation .
5. Use the examples from the Concept Map Resources page to inspire you to think in terms of hierarchical structures, flow-charts for processes and procedures, etc.****