Concept mapping can be used in a variety of ways in the classroom. Whether done individually or collaboratively (or both!), mind mapping activities helps students organize concepts, see the bigger picture of a unit of study, and think critically about the relationships between concepts. They can be used as preparation of basic understandings prior to an active learning session, constructed during class to engage students and give them immediate feedback, or after a class activity as an informal assessment technique…plus many other uses! Here are some recommended resources to get you started:
- Dartmouth Research Guide on Concept Mapping
- How Mind Maps Can Inspire Collaborative Learning (Edudemic/Mindomo)
- Kathy Schrock’s Guide to Concept Mapping
- The Theory Underlying Concept Maps and How to Construct and Use Them (IHMC)
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