concept maps

This week  in EDC3100 we were asked to create a concept map sometimes known as a mind map about using ICT’s in teaching.  A concept map by definition is a tool for organising and representing knowledge through relationships and connections (Novak & Canas, 2008).  To begin i thought about ICT and who does it effect – teachers and students . I then broke down the sides into how it would benefit the students  and how it would benefit the teachers. Some of the ideas were beneficial for both teachers and students. I researched information and i came across a UNESCO article that suggests  there is a fear that that teachers may become an “endangered species” losing their jobs to technology  are untrue , teaching is being redefined  to become “proactive facilitators” (UNESCO, 2012). The article goes on to suggest  it is imperative to have training in using technology  as although it is challenging there is many benefits. If you would like to read the article further  click here   it is an interesting read. As i created my concept map it grew and grew , the more i read , the more i saw benefits towards learning in the classroom, individual learning to teacher moderating. I am in no doubt i will continue to define my concept map throughout the semester.  I developed my concept map on my ipad using Idea Sketch but there are many artefact’s out there that you can use to create one such as .This is my mind map so far  mindmap  . Creating a mind map opened me to ideas and it is something i would like to implement into the classroom to expand student’s thinking. I came across WETA a website suggests ways to implement concept maps in various ways into the classroom to build connections to a main idea and further key elements. The website gives examples of concept maps being used in a science lesson about weather. This example demonstrated weather as the main idea and the students have added words that they connect to weather such as sun , rain. It then goes onto show the difference in  middle years class which redefines the map with precipitation, condensation. Concept maps can offer differentiation and can be used in different learning areas. If you would like to visit the site, they also have have templates click here  .

I have also had the chance to look at other students concept maps and i have found that although many have the same connections and ideas there is always one or two different benefits. Here is a fellow student Bec’s  blog and concept map made using Spiderscribe i just may have to use this for my next concept map. Visit Bec’s concept map and blog for an insightful read as she navigates her first time using various resources Bec’s Blog

‘I think school is a place where thinking should be taught’.

(De, Bono, n.d.)


De Bono, E. (n.d.). Thinking. Retrieved from

Novak, J. & Canas, A. (2008). The theory underlying concept maps and how to construct them and use them. Retrieved


UNESCO. (2012). ICT in Education. Retrieved

WETA. (2013). Classroom strategies: Concept maps.Retrieved

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