“A concept map is a type of graphic organizer used to help students represent knowledge of a subject. Concept maps begin with a main idea (or concept) and then branch out to show how that main idea can be broken down into specific topics”. There are some excellent tutorials on this site, information for teachers about the ‘concept’ of ‘concept mapping’ as well as copies of lesson plan examples where CMapping is used!
Concept maps, or mind maps are powerful graphic organizers that can be used in so many ways to illustrate and explore connections. Creating a Concept Map provides students and teachers with an opportunity to construct and share their understanding of a topic, theme, concept, area of interest – they can even be used by teachers as a format for planning units or lessons of instruction. Mind mapping, or concept mapping, can help students illustrate the connections between their ideas, concepts or content in meaningful ways.
Try: Inspiration or Kidspiration as iPad apps NB: Many schools have licensing for both applications on their computers, laptops or tablets.
This timelapse ‘how to’ video is an example from a cell biology class at the Secondary Level but is applicable to many contexts. The map shown was created using ‘Make a Map’ by Brainpop.
Bubbl.us is an online collaborative concept mapping software – each individual with an account is able to be invited to contribute to the map being drawn in the cloud.
Freeform Concept maps can be drawn by hand or using some of the available draw applications made for smartphones and tablets. Engage your students and harness the value of BYOD using ‘Paper53’ as Brittney did in the example shown here! View a simple ‘how to’ Youtube video tutorial about this app.
Twitter can be a great place to search for examples, research, blogs and new mind mapping tools. There are even a few related hashtags you can follow:
Tweets about imindmap
Novak, J. and Cañas, A (2006): The Theory Underlying Concept Maps and How to Construct Them (Technical Report IHMC CMap Tools 2006-11). Florida Institute for Human and Machine Cognition.