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Outlining, Writing, & Brainstorming using Mapping, Graphic Organizers and other Visual Thinking Techniques

For visual mapping, outlining, writing and making presentations, use Inspiration® 9, the ultimate thinking and learning tool. Brainstorm ideas, structure your thoughts and visually communicate concepts to strengthen understanding with the Diagram and Map Views. 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. Download the Inspiration 9 Product Information Sheet Visualize & Develop Ideas. Create webs, idea maps, mind maps, concept maps, graphic organizers, process flows, and other diagrams for thinking, organizing and writing. Brainstorm or brainwrite, capturing ideas quickly with RapidFire® tool. In Diagram View: In Map View: In Outline View:

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Teaching Kids to Code Every era demands--and rewards--different skills. In different times and different places, we have taught our children to grow vegetables, build a house, forge a sword or blow a delicate glass, bake bread, create a soufflé, write a story or shoot hoops. Now we are teaching them to code. We are teaching them to code, however, not so much as an end in itself but because our world has morphed: so many of the things we once did with elements such as fire and iron, or tools such as pencil and paper, are now wrought in code. We are teaching coding to help our kids craft their future. In this collection we share many different perspectives on coding, from a university professor's vantage point (MIT's Mitch Resnick describes why learning to code is like learning to learn) to an entrepreneur's reflections from his cross-country roadtrip to bring coding--and his stuffed dog--to classrooms across the U.S.

Version 2.6. A simple and versatile visual brainstorming software supporting a variety of visual templates and methods (incl. mind mapping). www.mind-pad.com Mind Maps – GoConqr Fast-Track Your Success Create a bird's-eye overview of a topic in just minutes. Mind Mapping is as intuitive as it is powerful, allowing you to break down even the most difficult of subjects and information into more assimilable, bite-size snippets. It’s also extremely time effective, enabling you to create spectacular topic overviews in a matter of minutes. 10 of My Favorite Writing Craft Sites The writing journey is all about discovering what works best of for each of us as individual, and very unique, writers. Learning from others is valuable in helping us glean tips and fit together the puzzle pieces that will form our own writing processes. Today, I’d like to share with you ten of the sites that inspire, educate, and help me refine my process—plus, they’re run by a bunch of super awesome folks! 1. Jody Hedlund: Her spot-on insights into the publishing and marketing processes never fail to offer me something to chew on.

APA Formatting and Style Guide Summary: APA (American Psychological Association) style is most commonly used to cite sources within the social sciences. This resource, revised according to the 6th edition, second printing of the APA manual, offers examples for the general format of APA research papers, in-text citations, endnotes/footnotes, and the reference page. For more information, please consult the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association, (6th ed., 2nd printing).

The Media Computing Group : Code Gestalt is an software visualization tool that lets programmers illustrate themes and concepts based on the vocabulary used by the source code. We implemented Code Gestalt as plug-in for Eclipse and built upon the JDT and Cultivate (2). The user interface is inspired by Relo (1), but focuses more on developer communication and semantics. The user can create diagrams with a simple drag-and-drop interface and edit it using contextual UI elements. The process of building class diagram can be completed without touching a tool-bar or menu. Of course, the interface provides default context, menu and keyboard commands, if the user prefers this.

Freeplane features you were missing in FreeMind - Freeplane - free mind mapping and knowledge management software From Freeplane - free mind mapping and knowledge management software This page lists important features of Freeplane that are not available in FreeMind. Simple script invocation Simple hotkey assignment add-ons (packaged scripts, see below) Format panel Formulas Node formats Attributes panel Integration with Docear 1.3.x: Inline LaTeX ("LaTeX in core") with LaTeX syntax highlighting editor Node details, Freely positionable nodes, Summary nodes (conditional) Styles Different export features, including scripted ones Approximate search (slightly) better printing support Hyperlinks available in nodes and in attributes Add-ons

Grammar Rules This is a quick, basic grammar review for nouns, verbs, and the sometimes confusing usage of lay versus lie, and rise versus raise. This reference can be used for term papers, grammar class reviews, or simply for anyone confused or curious about the basics of English grammar. Nouns 12 Useful Websites to Improve Your Writing by Johnny Webber 1. Words-to-Use.com – A different kind of thesaurus. Protovis Protovis composes custom views of data with simple marks such as bars and dots. Unlike low-level graphics libraries that quickly become tedious for visualization, Protovis defines marks through dynamic properties that encode data, allowing inheritance, scales and layouts to simplify construction. Protovis is free and open-source, provided under the BSD License.

Full Tour - Qiqqa PDF Viewer The heart of Qiqqa, with all the features you’d expect from a regular PDF viewer, plus more tailored just for the serious researcher. Annotations, highlights, free form drawing Add your notes directly to a section of the document. Use the colors your prefer, add tags, even a rating and follow up date. Got a stylus? Effective characters Helping pupils to develop more effective characters in their story writing. Effective characterisation is not achieved by describing visual features alone (‘He had a light blue top with a faded, frayed collar’) but rather by balancing this kind of descriptive writing with action, motive and a trait, or traits. As motive and actions (and therefore, to some degree, plot) evolve from the characters/s’ temperament/s, emphasising this aspect of characterisation in our teaching leads to more ‘rounded’ characters in pupils’ stories. A successful method of achieving this is for the teacher to dramatise particular character traits and then ask the pupils ‘What kind of character am I ?’ The author begins with sad, happy, angry and shy , all of which are easy to render dramatically. Pupils are then invited to dramatise, or suggest, other character traits.

Punctuation Tips Punctuation marks are to writing what vocal delivery is to speech. Can you imagine talking in a monotone without pause? Your audience would have difficulty making sense of your words, let alone figuring out where emphasis and nuance belong. If you drain the punctuation from your writing, you have no louds, no softs, no expression, no innuendo. If you use only a few punctuation marks, you seriously restrict your style. CmapTools - Cmap Construct, Navigate, Share and Criticize The IHMC CmapTools software empowers users to construct, navigate, share and criticize knowledge models represented as concept maps. It allows users to, among many other features, construct their Cmaps in their personal computer, share them on servers (CmapServers) anywhere on the Internet, link their Cmaps to other Cmaps on servers, automatically create web pages of their concept maps on servers, edit their maps synchronously (at the same time) with other users on the Internet, and search the web for information relevant to a concept map CmapTools is used worldwide in all domains of knowledge and by users of all ages to graphically express their understanding.

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