Life for a student hasn’t got any easier over the years; we understand the struggle to juggle multiple subjects and modules, take coherent notes in class, fact find, gather research, write essays, revise, and create presentations and we also know that it can be overwhelming to tackle all of these. Starting from scratch with a piece of coursework can be daunting and knowing where to start can literally stop you in your tracks.
Visual mapping is a great way for note taking, even for the most complex of concepts. The very process of creating a mind map or concept map helps us to understand the topic better. And most importantly the final piece helps us to recall it. However, traditional text note taking also has great benefits. Here we explore each technique and how to combine the two to create the ultimate set of notes.
Both flexible and structured environments are important tools for mind mapping. Some users naturally prefer to start from scratch, others from a template which they customise later. How important is flexibility in mind mapping and what part does it play in visual thinking?
How to ease cognitive load with outlining and mind mapping
25th July 2022
Outlining an essay or an extended piece of writing is an effective exercise that keeps writing concise and progressive. The conjunction of visual thinking such as mind mapping, with outlining is a clear and effective way to plan essays. Inspiration 10’s separate views facilitate clear and detailed thinking necessary to write great essays.
This needs recommendation guide outlines how Inspiration addresses different user needs. It can be used by DSA Needs Assessors, as well as others working in disability and education, to assist in your roles and clarify how Inspiration 10 can help users.
We asked Chris Collier, DSA Assessor, about when a visual mapping solution is recommended in a DSA assessment, the barriers to learning that visual mapping can address and how it helps users overcome them.
We are excited to confirm that you can now access the latest Inspiration 10.1 updates. Keep reading to find out everything that is new and how users can update. This is a free update for existing Inspiration 10 and Inspiration RD users.
Working with Brain Injuries and Autism: an SEN Advisor's View
14th September 2021
Check out this case study to find out why Helen advocates for Inspiration 10 to be used from primary school age through to higher education, particularly to assist children with challenges in education.
Recovering a stroke: "I've embedded Inspiration into everything I do"
12th August 2021
After suffering a stroke, Simon struggled with memory and cognitive issues when he returned to education. With the recommendation of another student, Simon decided to try Inspiration. Now, Simon integrates Inspiration into every part of his life, which he details here.
Shannon uses Inspiration to cope with her panic anxiety disorder, ADHD and dyslexia, while studying for her acupuncture qualification. Read more and watch the video, where Shannon showcases how neuro-differences are a gift when paired with the best assistive technology.
Inspiration 10: using mind-mapping for Cognitive Behavioural Therapy
22nd April 2021
Sharon was recommended Inspiration to help with her Dyslexia, and now uses the software for her studies in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT). Here Sharon talks about how Inspiration has helped her structure and organise her learning, as well as the innovative ways she uses the software to assist in her CBT client meetings.
How to Use Concept Mapping to Nurture Deeper Learning - by Shaun Killian
26th November 2020
Introducing concept mapping into the classroom is a proven way to enhance learning and deepen understanding, and is a technique that is easily applied to different stages of teaching. Here we will look at the positive impact it has and how to include concept mapping in classroom learning.
Find out how to use Inspiration 10 for Windows and Dragon Naturally Speaking together. Watch the video to learn how the tools can easily be used in conjunction with one another, then use the keyboard shortcut guide to put it into practice.
Inspiration 10 for Windows is here! In the latest version of Inspiration, you can expect to see exciting new features and enhancements to the software. There is also a mountain of resources available to ensure you get the most out of Inspiration 10.
We are super excited about the launch of Inspiration 10, due for release on the 1st September. As well as many enhancements to the software, we have introduced some brand new features into this latest version. Here is a short summary of what new features to expect in Inspiration 10.
Mapping Ideas and Supporting Learning - by John Galloway, SEND Advisory Teacher, writer and trainer
6th June 2020
Brainstorming is something I’m sure we’ve all done, as I did to plan this article. It involves getting out of our heads the ideas and information we know about a subject so that we can sort it out and organise it into a coherent structure. It is a process rather than an end in itself and can lead to several different outcomes. In my case a ‘Thought Web,’ a visual means of connecting the things I wanted to include before ordering them into a narrative thread.
Concept mapping is a powerful visual thinking technique, commonly used in education, scientific study, engineering and in business. It is great for mapping out knowledge and communicating complex ideas. In this article, we will explore what a concept map is, the benefits of its use and how you can create them in Inspiration 9.
The Power of Link Phrases - Deepening Understanding, Supporting Writing & Revision
25th Feb 2020
Link phrases are commonly associated with concept maps. A concept map illustrates the relationships between concepts. We like to think of it as mapping out knowledge. For example it is a graphical tool that researchers, scientists and engineers can use to organise and structure information. For students it helps them to organise and represent their knowledge of a subject.
Inspiration 9 IE for Windows: now part of TechEd Marketing
27th Dec 2019
TechEd Marketing are delighted to announce that, having licensed the publishing rights from the software's creators, Inspiration 9 IE for Windows is now part of TechEd Marketing.
A global product with millions of users worldwide, TechEd Marketing will be developing, publishing and selling Inspiration 9 into regions across the globe.