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Transcript of Concept Mapping
What is Concept Mapping?
Five Best Mind Mapping Tools
24 Essential Mind Mapping and Brainstorming Tools
18 Free Mind Mapping Tools for Teachers and Students
15 Great Mindmapping Tools and Apps
Free Concept Mapping Software
How Are They Used?
Use as an in-class pre-assessment. Prior to discussing a topic, ask students to create a concept map. Then, as you discuss the information, they can add to or modify their map to reflect their understanding about the topic.
Do as a small group activity. Give your students a problem, case study, or question about a key concept. Divide them into small groups of 4-5 students. Have each group create a concept map as they analyze and synthesize previously learned information into this new scenario. Have the groups present their conclusions.
Do as a whole class activity. As a class, create, a concept map and use it as a springboard to discuss relationships among the concepts and ideas listed in the map.
Fill in the blanks. Before class, create a concept map of the material you want to cover in class. Then, remove some of the concepts and labels. Show the partially completed map to the class and have them fill in the blank spots and label the relationships.
Types of Organization
A concept map is a visual organization and representation of knowledge. It shows concepts and ideas and the relationships among them.
You create a concept map by writing key words (sometimes enclosed in shapes such as circles, boxes, triangles, etc.) and then drawing arrows between the ideas that are related.
Then you add a short explanation by the arrow to explain how the concepts are related.
Lucid Chart (free for K-12 classrooms)
Exploratree (Digging up Roots or Knowing Trees)
Google Docs: Drawing
iPad and iOS
Inspiration Maps ($) (Lite)
Mind Map Memo
Concept mapping serves several purposes for learners:
Helping students brainstorm and generate new ideas
Encouraging students to discover new concepts and the propositions that connect them
Allowing students to more clearly communicate ideas, thoughts and information
Helping students integrate new concepts with older concepts
Enabling students to gain enhanced knowledge of any topic and evaluate the information