Graphic Organizers, Mind Mapping, and Other Such Tools

A graphic organizer is one way for visual thinkers to arrange their ideas and organize information or brainstorm ideas. A graphic organizer aids in both the learning process and the output of ideas to represent the content that has been learned. For those students that need a way to present what they know and what was learned, but are hampered by the act of taking notes, writing an essay, or taking a test, the use of a graphic organizer could be an alternative.

Inspiration and Kidspiration
Inspiration and Kidspiration were some of the first available to schools as a software package at a reasonable cost and are used widely today. In support of the writing process, information can be displayed in an outline format. This software inspires students to develop and organize ideas in a fun and imaginative way, with a large bank of graphics and formatting options. Both products are available for the iPad. The Inspiration website provides support for special needs, common core, and lesson plans.


Inspiration.JPGInspiration software is a thinking and learning tool that helps students, grade 6 to adult, to comprehend, create, communicate and achieve more through graphic organizers, concept mapping, mind mapping, webbing, outlining, and plots and graphs.

Graphic organizer of Charlotte's Web

DNA Concept Map

Training Resources

Source for graphic organizers

Kidspiration.JPGKidspiration software is similar to Inspiration software in that it provides visual supports for learning, but for elementary aged students.

Kidspiration in the Classroom

Kidspiration Writing

Webspiration - Online platform incorporating the Inspiration platform -

popplet.JPGPopplet is a mind mapping tool for the iPad and web to capture and organize your ideas, though much less extravagantly than Inspiration and Kidspiration. The Popplet Lite cost is right, though (free)! or full version at $4.99, and is especially useful for the elementary grades because of its simplicity.

eduplace.JPGEduplace is an online graphic organizer repository site through Houghton Mifflin Harcourt with free, reproducible graphic organizers.

Freeology provides free reproducible worksheets and more, including graphic organizers.

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