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Maps for Learning
Maps for Learning
What are they?
What's in it for you today?
Expanded concept of mindmaps.
One new idea for using mindmaps.
Working knowledge of online mindmapping tools and their application
Met your objectives for the session or have a plan in mind for follow up.
What are they?
represents ideas around central theme
organized into groupings/areas
broad (centre) to specific (outside branches)
An graphical approach to brainstorming around a theme. It involves subthemes radiating from a central theme, color, images and key ideas.
organized around a theme: centre to edges
uses images/color to stimulate creativity and make connections
3rd century greece
Porphyry: Greek Philosopher
graphically visualized concepts of Aristotle's logic - classification of substance
60's Allan Collins: cognitive scientist
research: learning, creativity and graphical thinking
based on semantic networks: relationships among concepts
popularized by Tony Buzan
"mirrors exactly how the brain functions - in a radiant rather than linear manner. "
"A Mind Map literally 'maps' out your thoughts, using associations, connections and triggers to stimulate further ideas. "
"They extract your ideas from your head into something visible and structured."
shows relationships between concepts: heirarchical general to specific
uses linking phrases (contributes to, is important for)
generally develop from top to bottom
A concept map is a diagram showing the relationships among concepts. They are graphical tools for organizing and representing knowledge.
used to answer a question
use linking words/phrases to make connections
1960s: David Ausubel: psychologist
development and research on advance organizers
"The most important single factor influencing learning is what the learner already knows. Ascertain this and teach accordingly."
influenced - 1970s: Joseph Novak: Biologist Cornell
means of representing emerging science knowledge
Learning How to Learn
"meaningful learning involves the assimilation of new concepts and propositions into existing cognitive structures."
Institute for Human and Machine Cognition (Florida)
Why are they useful?
promote lateral thinking
encourages creative thinking
organize information graphically
helps make connections, patterns and relationships clear
helps to rank/group ideas
improves comprehension, skills and strategies
document prior learning
meaning is constructed by mapper
connect experience with meaning
can promote shared inquiry
learning is personal, unpredictable, owned
Activity #1: create a map (20 min)
Step 1: Choose a map type (concept or mind map)
necessary ingredients for happiness
Step 2: Make a map on your own (5 minutes)
Step 3: Form groups of 2-3 like mapping people and pool ideas in one map (10 min)
Debrief (5 min)
how was the process of collaboration different from individual?
what did you discover that could apply to your context?
In what contexts?
Gather multiple perspectives
Stimulate creative thinking
Generate new ideas
Course Map: C-Map
What considerations are important?
activate prior knowledge
scaffolding with examples
broad to specific
process vs. product
Activity #2: explore mapping tools (20 min)
Debrief: Response to questions (5 min)
Step 3: Consider these questions: What are the benefits of using an online tool? Drawbacks? What would be required to use this effectively in your context? (5 min)
Step 2: Run the interactive demo from the home page or (for C-Map) open the demo map once you launch C-map (10 min)
Step 1: go to the website for each or desktop link (C-map)
look at 3 tools
Activity #3: create an online map (15 min)
Share your experience
Step 3: Find a collaborator to share your map with
Step 2: Create an account and choose a theme for your map
Step 1: Choose a tool to explore in depth
Tips for Success
represent all ideas first- edit later
look for relationships
minimize external distractions
Choose tools to support process - not inhibit it
Be bold: just try it
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