What parents need to know
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Inspiration Maps is a mind-mapping tool that helps kids visually organize ideas. They can create diagrams, maps, organizers, brainstorms, and text outlines. Outlines can be converted to maps, and maps can be converted to outlines. Users can share creations by emailing, printing, or saving to iTunes, Dropbox, Photos, or the app (as PDF or PNG files). The Lite version, which is free, lets kids create up to five mind maps with no sharing options. This app is a must-have app for kids who have executive functioning issues. The app helps kids with organization as they add material to their graphic organizer. Kids can add photos and color-code their bubbles, which benefits the visual learner.
What kids can learn
Language & Reading
- forming arguments
- using supporting evidence
- writing clearly
- combining knowledge
- producing new content
- academic development
- conveying messages effectively
Engagement, Approach, Support
Kids are engaged in creating and directing their own learning. Inspiration Maps is easy to use and offers enough options in colors, fonts, and shapes to make it interesting for kids.
Inspiration Maps empowers kids to organize ideas to improve learning and retention and to organize writing. Kids will use the skills that mind-mapping helps to foster, such as brainstorming, throughout their lives.
The Inspiration website includes sample lesson plans aligned to Common Core State Standards in English and other content areas. Maps can be saved in the app as Inspiration docs, sent to Dropbox, or emailed as .png or .pdf files.
What's it about?
The desktop software version of Inspiration has been used in classrooms for a decade. Kids can create visual representations using shapes, clouds, imported images, colors, and text. INSPIRATION MAPS on iPad puts the software in kids' hands, where they can use touch-screen gestures to create their maps and share them by emailing, printing, saving, or exporting them to the desktop or Web versions of Inspiration. Kids can create text outlines and convert them to diagrams or start with a visual mind-map and convert it to a text outline. Dozens of templates are included to get kids started organizing ideas for writing assignments, planning speeches or essays, thinking through groups projects, and more.
Is it any good?
Mind-mapping is a strategy that helps kids learn and remember information more efficiently. Inspiration Maps makes it easy for kids to brainstorm, plan, think, and remember information. They can be as creative as they want in organizing their ideas. The iPad version works beautifully, with tap-and-swipe gestures to create the parts of the map. Background and object colors, text sizes and fonts, and images all are customizable. Work can be saved and reopened easily to continue editing. Sharing is easy, too. Kids can print their maps, adding a professional look to a presentation or report. The free version, Inspiration Maps Lite, allows the creation of up to five mind maps, but it doesn't offer sharing.
Families can talk about...
Inspiration Maps is a helpful tool for middle and high schoolers. Try the free version, which allows kids to create five free maps, to see if it works for your child's work and learning style.
Encourage kids to use Inspiration Maps to plan and organize their writing or to organize information to review for a test.