Standards & Software

Tool-based Software and Sunshine State Standards

CONCEPT MAPPING SOFTWARE

The software programs listed here are just a few of many available concept mapping software programs that are designed to help you brainstorm, plan, organize, visualize, create and share graphic organizers, diagrams and flowcharts.

Software
Description
License
Platform
Inspiration Create graphic organizers & idea maps Commercial Mac/PC
Kidspiration Categorize and organize ideas for writing Commercial Mac/PC
Cmap Tools Construct, navigate & share concept map Free Mac/PC
Smartdraw Draw diagrams, graphs and concept maps Free PC
Concept Draw Draw diagrams, flowcharts, mind maps Commercial/Trial Mac/PC
FreeMind Create mind mapping using Java Free Mac/PC
Power Point Create concept map using the chart feature Commercial Mac/PC

The varied capabilities of a concept mapping tool include, but are not limited to the following: visually represent concepts and their relationships through linking ideas, pictures, symbols and text, Rapid Fire™ feature helps students to get their thoughts down quickly, video and sound files such as QuickTime™ movies and MP3 files can be imported into the diagram, use different colors, shapes, fonts and patterns to group and classify, manage notes, organize ideas with the aid of the arrange tool and the checklist feature. Diagrams can be converted into a hierarchical outline view, drag and drop features, toolbars, templates that offer custom frameworks for gathering and organizing ideas in the subject areas. Included is a dictionary and thesaurus. Diagrams can be imported into word processing documents, presentation software slides, HTML and web pages. The concept mapping tools can be used across the curriculum and in varied grade levels.

Sample Lesson Plans

The following sample lesson plans provide a general idea on how the concept mapping software tool can be integrated in a content area and grade level. Although there may not be an example for every content area or at every grade level, the lessons from one content area or grade level can often be adapted to another due to its open-ended approach.

GRADE LEVELS K-2

Arts: Visual

Language Arts

Mathematics

Science

Social Studies

GRADE LEVELS 3-5

Arts: Visual

Language Arts

Mathematics

Science

Social Studies

GRADE LEVELS 6-8

Arts: Visual

Mathematics

Science

Grade Levels 9-12

Arts: Visual

ESOL

Language Arts

Health and PE

Science

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