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Digital mindmaps

  1. 1. Using a digital mind map to stop the ‘copy and paste syndrome’ by Suzie Vesper, CORE Education Learning@School Hamilton, 2012
  2. 2. Using a digital mind map to stop the ‘copy and paste syndrome’. by Suzie Vesper, CORE Education
  3. 3. Karin’s experience Yr 7/8 teacher As a class, I noticed that when students researched topics they tended to copy/paste, change a few words and then assure me that it was in their own words despite the fact that chunks of information had vocabulary and phrasing that was not typical of other work they had produced. Many thought that to change one or two minor words for a synonym was sufficient to call it their own writing.
  4. 4. The issue <ul><li>The internet has put a huge amount of information online for students to access. </li></ul><ul><li>It is very easy for students to move information around and ‘reuse it’ now that it is digitised. </li></ul><ul><li>Many students don’t have the skills to effectively process this information. </li></ul><ul><li>Students will often take the option that requires the least work for them! </li></ul><ul><li>Students struggle to understand the concept of copyright when things seem so freely available. </li></ul>
  5. 6. Understanding plagiarism <ul><li>Examples: </li></ul><ul><li>‘ Copy and paste’ from sources without using quote marks. </li></ul><ul><li>Paraphrasing the writing from a source by only changing a few details and then saying it is in ‘your own words’. </li></ul><ul><li>Not citing your sources. </li></ul>Plagiarism — claiming the ideas, research, theories or words of others as one's own. Image: The word for the day is &quot;knowledge&quot;, pass it on by Stephen Poff on Flickr
  6. 7. One way to deal with plagiarism Change the format! Every time the format is changed, students have to reprocess the information which is a higher order thinking task. Text heavy website
  7. 8. The benefits of mindmaps They encourage students to think about information in new ways because the focus is on how the information is connected.
  8. 9. The benefits of mindmaps Animal Characteristics Structuring information helps students to see relationships to previous learning which helps them to retain the knowledge for longer. Appearance Habitat Reproduction
  9. 10. The benefits of mindmaps Topic Sub-topic heading Students can’t simply ‘copy and paste’. With graphic organisers, you remove the words and focus on the connections. Information - key words Information - key words Information - key words Information - key words Sub-topic key words Information - key words Information - key words Sub-topic key words Information - key words Information - key words Sub-topic key words
  10. 11. The benefits of mindmaps Organising information helps students to identify the gaps in knowledge for further research. Topic Sub-topic heading Information - key words ? Information - key words Information - key words Sub-topic key words ? Information - key words Sub-topic key words Information - key words ? Sub-topic key words
  11. 12. The benefits of mindmaps Topic Sub-topic heading Mindmaps help students to see patterns within the information. Information - key words Information - key words Information - key words Information - key words Sub-topic key words Information - key words Information - key words Sub-topic key words Information - key words Information - key words Sub-topic key words
  12. 13. The benefits of mindmaps Topic Sub-topic heading An excellent way for students to demonstrate their understanding of a topic or concept. Information - key words Information - key words Information - key words Information - key words Sub-topic key words Information - key words Information - key words Sub-topic key words Information - key words Information - key words Sub-topic key words ✔ ✔ ✔ ✔ ✔ ✔ ✔ ✔
  13. 14. The benefits of mindmaps They are great for visual thinkers or those that need to practice their visual literacy. Image: Eye Candy by Timothy V alentine on Flick r
  14. 15. The benefits of digital mindmaps Topic Sub-topic heading Children can easily make revise, reorganise and make changes to a digital mindmap. This can help them to take different perspectives which helps students to clarify their thinking. Each version can also be documented easily to show progress. Information - key words Key question to research Information - key words Information - key words Sub-topic key words Information - key words Information - key words Sub-topic key words Information - key words Information - key words Sub-topic key words Version one Version two Topic Information - key words
  15. 16. Topic Sub-topic heading Information - key words Information - key words Information - key words Information - key words Sub-topic key words Information - key words Information - key words Sub-topic key words Information - key words Information - key words Sub-topic key words The benefits of digital mindmaps Students can collaborate with other students, both locally and globally, to build a mindmap that shows their combined knowledge (using an online tool). This can facilitate discussions in order to deepen understandings. Image: Working Together Teamwork Puzzle Concept by Lumaxart on Flickr
  16. 17. Animal Characteristics Text - key words Information - key words Calendar - breading season Information - key words Reproduction Image of the animal Information - key words Appearance Information - key words Map of the area Habitat The benefits of digital mindmaps Students can add a multi-media objects to their mindmap to enrich the information and use a range of communication modes.
  17. 18. The benefits of digital mindmaps Mindmaps can easily be shared with the class via the data projector or placed online to share with a much bigger audience. Parents The world
  18. 19. Karin’s teacher inquiry Explored different mindmap tools for the students to use to document their research on the biography of a sports person and decided on SpiderScribe.net Students were shown how to use the tool and then completed a mindmap. They were then asked to reorganise their map according to the paragraphs they intended to write. The mindmaps were printed off and used as a reference for students during an assessed writing sample. Karin compared previous writing results where the students had used written notes for support to results using the mindmaps. Karin also asked the students to give her feedback on the process.
  19. 20. Spiderscribe - The interface Drag on these types of objects Export to image Drag and move the map area
  20. 21. Spiderscribe - Customisations
  21. 22. Example of a student’s work
  22. 23. Results of student’s using a digital mindmap Quotes from Karin Moving the parts of the mind map around to organise the structure for their paragraphs was easy and therefore the students were able to focus on the cognitive task at hand. I was very happy with the quality of these information reports as most were clear and well-ordered with good information that was correctly paragraphed, sequential and generally in their own words. The ability to label and move grouped information around as they researched on the internet in preparation for their report writing was a significant advantage. The majority of the class wrote a report at AsTTle Level 4 which was pleasing. I believe that they were more confident undertaking the assessment with the mindmaps as a point of reference and that the process they went through helped to improve their information literacy skills.
  23. 24. Results of student’s using a digital mindmap Quotes from students I found the programme very, very helpful. Instead of having my planning spread out on a word document, it makes it succinct and it's easier to write your biography. Spiderscribe is very useful to use and it helped lots with note-taking. I had more than enough information to write a biography. &quot;Spiderscribe is very useful to use and you can easily organise topics into sub-topics&quot; &quot;Very fun with a new experience and it was easy to write a biography with the notes&quot;
  24. 25. Digital mind map tools Online, open source and mobile apps Online SpiderScribe Blog with 15 mindmapping tools Wiki page with mindmapping too ls Download (PC & Mac) Mind42 Cmap FreeMind Mindmeister bubbl.us Total Recall Mobile Apps SimpleMind+
  25. 26. Snapshots on Software for Learning Karin’s story is just one of many examples of effective ICT in practice that are available as snapshots on the Software for Learning website. http://softwareforlearning.tki.org.nz/Snapshots/

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