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Inspiration Maps

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Mind-mapping tool lets kids easily create visual organizers.

What parents need to know

Ease of play

The tap-and-swipe gestures of the iPad work well with mind maps. Help screens are text-heavy, but kids will learn as much from exploring. Undo and redo buttons fix mistakes.

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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

Subjects

Language & Reading

  • forming arguments
  • using supporting evidence
  • writing
  • writing clearly

Skills

Creativity

  • brainstorming
  • combining knowledge
  • producing new content

Self-Direction

  • academic development

Communication

  • conveying messages effectively

Engagement, Approach, Support

Engagement

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.

Learning Approach

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.

Support

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 kids can learn

Subjects

Language & Reading

  • forming arguments
  • using supporting evidence
  • writing
  • writing clearly

Skills

Creativity

  • brainstorming
  • combining knowledge
  • producing new content

Self-Direction

  • academic development

Communication

  • conveying messages effectively

Inspiration Maps is a versatile tool for organizing information in a variety of ways, a skill kids will find invaluable in school and in life. It also helps kids analyze information, integrate new knowledge, and think critically. Kids can use their brainstormed mind maps to create outlines and vice versa. 

This Learning Rating review was written by Amanda Bindel

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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?

QUALITY

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.

App details

Device:iPad
Price:$9.99
Pricing structure:Free to Try, Paid
Release date:May 8, 2013
Category:Education
Size:41.30 MB
Publisher:Inspiration Software, Inc.
Version:1.3.1
Minimum software requirements:iOS 5.0 or later

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  • Not for Kids: Not age-appropriate for kids; not recommended for learning.

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