For visual mapping, outlining, writing and making presentations, use Inspiration®, the ultimate thinking and learning tool. Brainstorm ideas, structure your thoughts and visually communicate concepts to strengthen understanding with the Diagram and Map Views.
Visualize & Develop Ideas. Understand & Retain Concepts
For 21st century students, success depends on strong reading, writing, critical thinking and organizational skills, along with the ability to retain information, understand complex content and communicate knowledge effectively. In every subject and across a wide spectrum of projects, Inspiration® provides an essential framework for thinking -- helping students achieve more as they comprehend, create and communicate knowledge successfully.
To take notes, organize information, and structure writing for plans, papers and reports, use the integrated Outline View to focus on main and supporting ideas and to clarify thinking in written form. With Inspiration's Presentation Manager, transform your diagrams, mind maps and outlines into polished presentations that communicate ideas clearly and demonstrate understanding and knowledge.
Students build graphic organizers, including concept maps, webs, mind maps and idea maps, in Inspiration to:
Inspiration makes it easy to create webs, idea maps, mind maps, concept maps, graphic organizers, process flows, and other diagrams for thinking, organizing and writing. Use these proven visual thinking and learning techniques to brainstorm ideas, explore and explain relationships, and integrate new knowledge with what you already know. Inspiration encourages deeper, more critical thinking and that improves creativity, comprehension and retention.
Plan & Organize Written Work
Get organized and think through projects and assignments more effectively using Inspiration’s Outline View. Structure your work for planning and writing. Brainstorm and organize ideas. Gather and keep track of research information and develop a logical flow for written and oral communication. With Outline View, you can quickly develop main and supporting ideas and add detail helping you write to a purpose. Outlining, paired with the integrated visual views, lets you move seamlessly between visual and written expressions of your thinking to expand and refine ideas and produce quality work.
Communicate & Present Knowledge
Communicate what you’ve learned with Inspiration’s Presentation Manager. Use the content you’ve developed in Diagram, Map and Outline Views and expand your work into more thoughtful and compelling presentations and final projects. Inspiration provides all the tools to create organized, polished, formal presentations that convey ideas clearly and demonstrate your understanding and knowledge. Use the FREE Inspiration Presenter to show your presentation easily on any Macintosh® or Windows® computer.
Build vocabulary and accurately express intended messages with the Word Guide, an integrated dictionary and thesaurus
Communicate visually by adding graphics from a computer and the Internet. Create snapshots from your diagram or mind map
Add impact to talking points by including videos and sounds that play directly from any presentation
Include videos and record and play sound in diagrams, outlines and presentations to add multimedia impact
Add hyperlinks to web pages, files and other Inspiration documents to gather research or organize larger team projects
Print work from Diagram, Map and Outline Views and from the Presentation Manager
Transfer work to a word processor to streamline and support project completion
Save documents as PDFs
Use the Site Skeleton® export to transform diagrams into HTML web sites
Export diagrams and mind maps as .jpg, .gif, .png, .bmp or .wmf files to insert in other materials
Templates provide guidelines and help start projects quickly
On-demand Training Videos show students how to use Inspiration’s most commonly used tools
A built-in help system provides assistance when students have questions about how to use Inspiration
Examples give you ideas on how Inspiration can be used across the curriculum
Windows 98, 2000, ME, XP (including Tablet PC Edition), Vista or Windows 7
Pentium III 450 MHz or higher
256 MB RAM
250 MB available hard drive space
OS 10.2.8 or higher
PowerPC G4 700 MHz or higher
512 MB available RAM
250 MB available hard drive space
1. What is visual learning?
Visual thinking is a learning style where the learner better understands and retains information when ideas, words and concepts are associated with images. Research tells us that the majority of students in a regular classroom need to see information in order to learn it. Some common visual learning strategies include creating graphic organizers, diagramming, mind mapping, outlining and more.
2. How does visual learning help students?
Visual learning helps students clarify their thoughts. Students see how ideas are connected and realize how information can be grouped and organized. With visual learning, new concepts are more thoroughly and easily understood when they are linked to prior knowledge.
Visual learning helps students organize and analyze information. Students can use diagrams and plots to display large amounts of information in ways that are easy to understand and help reveal relationships and patterns.
Visual learning helps students integrate new knowledge. According to research, students better remember information when it is represented and learned both visually and verbally.
Visual learning helps students think critically.
Linked verbal and visual information helps students make connections, understand relationships and recall related details.