Using visualization strategies when introducing new learning, enhancing understanding and consolidating concepts is based on cognitive theory and learning principles. The challenge when using concept maps, mental maps, brainstorming frameworks or flow charts is finding the best tool for the subject, topic, grade level and skill level of the learners.
Here we will investigate some theory and best practice in the use of concept mapping in educational contexts, using technology applications to create, shape, and consolidate learning.
1. Read this article title 7 Things You Should Know About… and connect the information to your current teaching and learning context.
2. View this video clip to learn the basics about mapping ideas.
3. Read this article written by Peter Skillen titled “Transferring Knowledge with Technology“.
4.View this video from the University of Waterloo Centre for Teaching Excellence.
5. View the video clips and read the articles available on these websites relating to specific software tools to create mind maps/ concept maps:
- iMindMap – http://www.thinkbuzan.com/uk/articles/view/educational-videos
- Inspiration – http://www.inspiration.com/visual-learning
- VUE – http://vue.tufts.edu/screencast/QT_hiRes.cfm (learn more about this software from my personal experiences in one MET course task found HERE)
- CMap – http://cmap.ihmc.us/
- Prezi – more than just mind mapping – it’s presentation too http://prezi.com/learn/
6. DOWNLOAD one mapping tool based on your personal preferences. Some are free or have free versions. Most have supporting video or text documentation.
7. Try some of the online mapping/ collaboration tools available.
- Prezi – learn more about using this tool: http://prezi.com/learn/
- Cacoo tutorial – http://youtu.be/JTijAOJYrsk
7. Assessment of Mind Maps can be accomplished in many ways.
- Rubric in three levels (exemplary, proficient or unsatisfactory) in the areas of arrangement of concepts, links and linking lines, graphics, content, text, and design. http://www2.uwstout.edu/content/profdev/rubrics/inspirationrubric.html
- A concept mapping rubric developed at the University of Waterloo can be found HERE.