Web site: http://www.mywebspiration.com
What it is: You have most likely heard about the popular visual thinking software called Inspiration (or Kidspiration). Webspiration is a new online version of the visual thinking outlining and organizing. Webspiration has many of the same features as Inspiration but is free to use and allows for collaborative visual thinking. Webspiration is perfect for planning, organizing research, and completing projects successfully from beginning to end. Brainstorming and outlining tools help students organize thoughts for papers and research projects. Collaboration on Webspiration documents is simple and allows for same document contributing, posting, comments, and viewing changes. Concept maps and diagrams are created easily with Webspiration. Visual diagrams and graphic organizers, such as those created with Webspiration, help students retain information.
How to integrate Webspiration into the classroom: Webspiration is a great tool for the classroom. Teach elementary age students how to visually organize information using concept maps, venn diagrams, and KWL charts. Basic outlining skills can also be taught in the elementary classroom using Webspiration. As students get older, Webspiration helps them take control of and organize their own learning. Teachers can create concept maps and invite students to collaborate and help fill in information. These online graphic organizers are wonderful for students, they contribute to filling it in and can access it from any Internet connected computer, iPod, or phone to study from later.

Uses for Webspiration:

  • Introducing a new concept or vocabulary
  • Historical cause and effect
  • Creating storyboards for presentations, books, etc.
  • Cycles (weather, recycling, etc.)
  • Comparison Activities
  • Constructing a food chain
  • Local, state or federal government diagram
  • Character descriptions, plot movement and action that leads to climax of story
  • See more examples of how Webspiration can be used in the "Resources" section listed below.

How Webspiration projects can be incorporated into a classroom wiki:

By using the URL of the project: http://mywebspiration.com/view/306057a3188e

By embedding the project:


Teacher Tube Webspiration Tutorial:

Training Presentation for B-A Teachers - January 20, 2009

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