Concept mapping is a method of showing information and relationships visually through the use of graphics. Concept mapping can be used to solve problems, share knowledge, in educational settings, to explain a process, to track information and to plan. There are four major kinds of concept maps:
1. Spider Concept Map
In this design, the main focus is the center of the map and subthemes point outward away from the center of the map.
2. Hierarchy Concept Map
Items are presented in order of importance with the most important being located at the top of the chart
3. Concept Map
Ideas are presented in a linear format.
4. Systems Concept Map
This map is design similarly to a flowchart
There are additional special concept formats including Picture Landscape Concept Map, Multidimensional/3D Concept Map, Mandala Concept Map, Fishbone Concept Map, Storyboard Concept Map and Venn Diagrams. (Wikipedia)
Concept mapping is a very useful tool in visual learning. When combining instruction with visual examples, the chances for retaining and understanding information greatly increase. Also good for brainstorming, concept mapping allows for experimentation with different thoughts by moving them around within the chart and opening up different ways of seeing something. (http://wik.ed.uiuc.edu/index.php/Concept_mapping)
There are several different tools for concept mapping including
For my concept map, I used www.inspiration.com which offers a free 30 day trial. This was a very user friendly program that offers different types of templates depending on which type of map you would like to use. They also offer different graphics that you can insert text inside of. (Inspiration)
Learning about concept mapping helped me to look at the way that I will approach my blog and assignments going forward. I wish I had learned about www.inspiration.com a long time ago as I feel this will be a very useful tool in many other classes.
(n.d.). Retrieved March 23, 2012, from Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Concept_mapping
(n.d.). Retrieved March 23, 2012, from Inspiration: http://www.inspiration.com