Just tap and drag to create concept maps with custom images, colors, fonts, clipart, and more. This versatile app can help your pupils brainstorm, outline, storyboard, study, and categorize information in any number of ways for any subject matter.
When you first open up Kidspiration Maps, you'll see a few different options. Tap on any icon to get going with your mind mapping or categorizing.
- Create Diagram: Make a concept map with words, shapes, and images
- Create SuperGrouper: Put together a categorized group of items, create a timeline, etc.
- Open Document: Open a diagram or SuperGrouper that you've previously worked on
- Activities: Reading & Writing, Social Studies, Science, and Math: Use any of these pre-made templates for concepts in the chosen topics
- Comes with a clipart library; you can insert images into your map as well as your own photos
- Customize your fonts, colors, bubble styles, arrow styles and colors, background color and texture, and much, much more
- Record a voice over
- Select multiple bubbles or icons at once to make changes to a group of items
- Easily switch between your map or SuperGrouper view and an outline made of the same information
- Share mind maps through various outlets, including e-mail and messaging
- Create instructions to go along with your map; choose the wrench icon, select Instruction Space and Create Instructions and then type or record your voice
- Undo and redo changes that you make
- Delete and copy documents from the Open Document menu
- Tap the question mark for tips, an extensive help section, and information about the app
- Tap Linky, the Kidspiration icon in the top-left corner, to return to the first page of the app
While this app is on the pricier side, it has great classroom application. If purchasing the app for an entire class, you may find that it becomes a bit much. Multiple students can use one or a few tablets if buying that many copies is not an option.
While this is a concept mapping app, it includes plenty of color, images, and other features to keep kids engaged.
The app is relatively intuitive and provides some instructions when you tap on certain items. Also, there is a great help section.
It would be nice if students could create their own accounts or logins for the app.
How techie do I need to be?
- Have kids create storyboards for creative writing, narrative writing, or short films they plan to create
- Outline essays, research, and class content; pupils can study by taking some notes on their own notes in an organized manner
- Ask learners to use the SuperGrouper feature to make categorized lists
- Try out some of the pre-made templates in whole-class instruction, or ask kids to use the templates when first starting out with the program or when covering a specific topic that works really well with a certain template
- Project your tablet screen and complete a brainstorm as a class
- There isn't an option for creating multiple accounts, but multiple students could use the same device in shifts or at stations; just have them title their work with their names to keep everything sorted
- While aimed at younger pupils, older students could also use this app to organize information and prepare for projects
- The controls are intuitive overall, with a few unexpected things (double tap to select text box etc.) that are easy to learn
- Comes with a huge store of clipart images that you can add into maps
- You can switch between your visual representation and an outline made up of the information you have inputted
- Includes pre-made templates for reading and writing, social studies, science, and math