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    Thinking Tools for Students:  Why Graphic Organizers Work
    thinkingBetter learning will not come from finding better ways for the teacher to instruct but from giving the learner better opportunities to construct.  Seymour Papert

    Why Using Graphic Organizers Makes for BetterTeaching and Better Learning

    A graphic organizer is a visual communication tool that uses visual symbols to express ideas and concepts, to convey meaning. A graphic organizer show the relationships between facts, terms, and or ideas within a learning task. It is often referred to as a "map" because it can help teachers and students "map out" their ideas in a visual manner. There are many similar names for graphic organizers including: knowledge maps, concept maps, story maps, cognitive organizers, advance organizers, or concept diagrams. Although many students plan with paper and pencil, technology tools can be very helpful because they allow easy editing.

    Why do graphic organizers work? Because they take the boredom out of note-taking and put fun into understanding.  Tianda Gay
    My personal favorite is mind mapping.  For video tutorials go to http://www.thinkbuzan.com/us/support/tutorials

    Inspiration: You can down load a 30 day demo of Inspiration and Kidspiration from the Inpspiration Web site. For tutorials go to the staff development area. There are also lesson plan ideas.

    Simple drag and drop shapes and links. You can download creations. To access the tutorial click on the tan button with the letter i at the bottom.

    Free downloadable concept mapping program. More options than online graphic organizer tools. Even includes text boxes on links like Inspiration.

    This is an online mind mapping application has the advantage that you don't need to use up your own hard drive space to store the software or the maps that you make, and you can edit your mindmaps from any machine. You do have the option to download them onto your own computer when you have finished or just leave them up online saved into your account. A drawback is that Mindomo does not have text boxes onlinks capabilities. However, you can use graphics which CMap cannnot.

    ReadWriteThink Webbing Tool
    The Webbing Tool provides a free-form graphic organizer for activities that ask students to pursue hypertextual thinking and writing.

    Mayomiis a Flash-based toolset for creating simple visual diagrams, and provides an online community where visitors can share their mind maps. In the process of sharing them, users are also contributing to a growing web of word associations.

    Circle Plot Diagram
    The Circle Plot Diagram can be used as a prewriting graphic organizer for students writing original stories with a circular plot structure as well as a postreading organizer used to explore the text structures in a book.

    Essay Map
    The Essay Map is an interactive graphic organizer that enables students to organize and outline their ideas for an informational, definitional, or descriptive essay.

    Graphic Map
    The Graphic Map assists teachers and students in reading and writing activities by charting the high and low points related to a particular item or group of items, such as events during a day or chapters in a book.

    Literary Elements Map
    Students can map out the key literary elements of character, setting, conflict, and resolution as prewriting for their own fiction or as analysis of a text by another author in this secondary-level interactive.

    Persuasion Map
    The Persuasion Map is an interactive graphic organizer that enables students to map out their arguments for a persuasive essay or debate.

    Story Map
    The Story Map interactive is designed to assist students in prewriting and postreading activities by focusing on the key elements of character, setting, conflict, and resolution.

    Graphic Organizer Resources

    Innovative Teaching Newsletter is a vast resource for graphic organizers
    EdHelperK-6 resources
    North Central Regional Education LaboratoryK-6
    K-8 graphic organizers
    Graphic organizersin Word make it simple to use withou