Inspiration is a MacWorld World Class Award-winning
idea development tool. It helps to brainstorm and diagram concepts, create
flow charts, lay out parts of a project, create outlines.
Ideas can be created and organised in both graphic and
used by students grades 6 to adult to brainstorm, plan, organize, outline,
diagram, and write. This program can be used across the curriculum for
brainstorming, webbing, diagramming, planning, critical thinking, concept
inspires students K-5 to see, organize, and develop their ideas. It helps
emerging readers learn to plan and organize for writing.
(*)“Mind maps" are an efficient way to generate, plan
and organize ideas based on associations. Creating a mind map, you start
with putting a symbol with the main idea in the center of a page. Then you
add key notions, questions and answers spreading from it in the form of
branches. The notions are organized in a hierarchical order.
Pictures, colours and different symbols help to make a
mind map really easy to read and remember. As a result you get a
structured graphical map, with key words and pictures.
Mind Mapping is widely used in the fields where correct
perception of information is vital.
In education it is useful both for teachers (to prepare
lesson plans) and students (to think over essays and projects).
Benefits for Teachers and Students
Inspiration strengthens critical thinking,
comprehension, and writing across the curriculum, in language arts,
science, social studies and anytime students need to structure research or
other thought processes.
Inspiration's integrated diagramming and outlining
environments work together to help students comprehend concepts and
information. Educators use Inspiration to customize instruction, achieve
standards, assess student progress, and energize learning. Students can
use Inspiration to tap creativity, build new knowledge, analyze complex
topics, and improve organizational skills. Educators use Inspiration to
customize instruction, achieve standards, assess student progress, and
Kidspiration helps students K-5 see, organize,
and develop their ideas. Using the proven principles of visual learning,
young readers and writers build confidence in organizing information,
understanding concepts, and expressing their thoughts. They can explore
new ideas with thought webs and visual mapping.
K-5 students can use Kidspiration to:
ideas with pictures and words
- Organize and categorize information visually
- Create stories and descriptions using engaging
-Explore new ideas with thought webs and
- Expand their ideas into written expression
from the thought webs and maps.
Research in both educational theory and cognitive
psychology tells us that visual learning is among the very best methods
for teaching students of all ages how to think, and how to learn.
Visual learning techniques teach students to clarify
their thinking, and to process, organize and prioritize new information.
Visual diagrams reveal patterns, interrelationships and interdependencies.
They also stimulate creative thinking.
Visual learning techniques help students to:
Clarify thinking: students see how ideas are connected
and realize how information can be grouped or organized. With visual
learning, new concepts are more thoroughly and easily understood.
Reinforce understanding: students recreate, in their
own words, what they've learned. This helps them absorb and internalize
new information, giving them ownership of their ideas.
Integrate new knowledge: diagrams updated throughout a
lesson prompt students to build upon prior knowledge and internalize new
information. By reviewing diagrams created previously, students see how
facts and ideas fit together.
Identify misconceptions: just as a concept map or web
shows what students know, misdirected links or wrong connections reveal
what they don't understand.
In Inspiration you can find the following tools:
Diagram View - students easily create and use concept
maps, webs, and other graphical organizers.
In the Diagram View you can:
Capture ideas as quickly as you think with the
- Add as little or as much text as you want —
symbols grow automatically to record your thoughts
- Illustrate ideas and convey meanings by
inserting symbols from the web or other applications using the insert
graphic, drag & drop, or copy & paste functions
- Show relationships between ideas with the Link
- Explain relationships between ideas by adding
text directly on the links.
- Differentiate among ideas with colours,
shapes, patterns, shadows, fonts and style.
Outline View - students can quickly prioritize and
rearrange ideas, helping them create clear, concise essays, reports and
more. This tool allows to transform an Inspiration diagram into a
traditional hierarchical outline. With the integrated Outline View,
students instantly transform their thoughts into the foundation of written
The result is clearer thinking, more creative projects,
better organized writing, and improved student performance.
In the Outline View you can:
Organize topics by dragging - subtopics move
Plan projects and track ideas using the Checklist
Develop topics into a written report using notes text.
Export your outline to popular word processing or
In Kidspiration you can find the following
Picture View - provides a no-barrier way for kids to
represent ideas using symbols. A library of over 1.200 student-friendly
symbols inspires kids to explore, think and create.
SuperGrouper - an interactive way to group and arrange
thoughts and symbols.
Writing View - integrated with Picture View, helps
students connect their visual thoughts to words.
Audio - gives students the chance to hear their work
read aloud or record their own words. All menus, buttons and other text
are audio supported as well, helping children read and navigate.
Toolbars - with the colorful and intuitive toolbars,
kids will be able to use Kidspiration on their own almost immediately.
And, ther easy-to-follow navigation allows kids to express themselves
Macintosh or Power Macintosh
System 7.1, 8.0, 9.0, OS X
2 MB available RAM
640x480 display, 256-color display
5 MB available hard drive minimum,
30 MB for full install
CD-ROM drive (for installation)
processor or higher
Windows 95, 98, 2000, NT 4.0, ME, XP
8 MB RAM
640x480 display, 256-color display
5 MB available hard drive;
20 MB for full install
drive (for installation)
From Primary School to University
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