Concept Mapping (mind mapping) and Graphic Organizers

A graphic organizer, such as a concept mapping tool, is one way for visual thinkers to arrange their ideas and organize information or brainstorm ideas. For some individuals, learning is facilitated through the action of making a visual connections and structuring the thought process. This is especially true of visual learners as the information is organized to support comprehension and learning.

A graphic organizer aids in the learning process, as an organized way of note-taking or, for some, a pattern of note-taking that corresponds to the way they organize their thoughts to support the learning process.
Alternately, a graphic organizer aids in the output of ideas to represent the content that has been learned. For those students that need a way to present what they know and what was learned, but are hampered by the act of taking notes, writing an essay, or taking a test, the use of a graphic organizer could be an alternative.

Inspiration.JPGInspiration is a thinking and learning tool that helps students, grade 6 to adult, to comprehend, create, communicate and achieve more through graphic organizers, concept mapping, mind mapping, webbing, outlining, and plots and graphs. A library of graphic images is included. While working in mapping mode, one can view the outline that is being created with a click of a button. It is included on this site as it has been purchased by numerous schools throughout the district over past years. Ask around your school.

Inspiration Software
Graphic organizer of Charlotte's Web

DNA Concept Map

Kidspiration Software
Kidspiration.JPGKidspiration software is similar to Inspiration software in that it provides visual supports for learning, but for elementary aged students.

Kidspiration Writing

Webspiration - Online platform incorporating the Inspiration platform -

Popplet is a mind mapping tool for the iPad and web to capture and organize your ideas, though much less extravagantly than Inspiration and Kidspiration. The Popplet Lite cost is right, though (free)! or full version at $4.99, and is especially useful for the elementary grades because of its simplicity.

Miscellaneous Mind Mapping Sites up to three free - can save, share, project for collaboration

Miscellaneous Graphic Organizer sites
Teacher Tap
Holt Interactive Graphic Organizers
Education Place Graphic Organizers
Teacher Vision Graphic Organizers
EdHelper Graphic Organizers
Freeology provides free reproducible worksheets and more, including graphic organizers.
Graphic Organizers (blackline masters)

symbaloo.JPGSymbaloo might be considered a graphic organizer, of sorts, as well as a resource sharing site, depending on how it is used. It is a visual bookmarking "in the cloud" tool that can be set as the home page on any browser. Create an account and sign into it from any computer, having all your favorite sites at the click of a mouse (or tap of a screen:). An EDU version is available as well as paid versions. Many public Symbaloos are offered for use, to become part of a webmix.

Symbaloo youtube site