Concept maps

Also known as: conceptual diagrams, idea mapping

Concept maps are diagrams that use text, shapes and arrows to represent the relationships between interrelated concepts visually and hierarchically. They:

  • provide educators with an insight into students' existing knowledge of interrelated concepts
  • support students to understand and remember new knowledge by integrating it with and connecting it to existing knowledge
  • differ from mind maps where relationships are usually expressed in a tree or radial structure. 

Concept mapping

ICT templates

Learning activity templates

Google templates (recommended)

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Microsoft templates

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How to use with ICT

External resources

Find out more resources
Title Link Description
How to make a concept map (video) by Lucidchart How to make a concept map This tutorial teaches both expert and beginner diagrammers how concept mapping works and how to make one from scratch, with explanations every step of the way.
Concept mapping and the theory behind its structure Concept mapping and the theory behind its structure The theory behind the development of concept mapping by American professor and science researcher Joseph D. Novak and his team from Cornell University in the 1970s.
Concept map on the Teacher Toolkit website Concept map on the Teacher Toolkit website Concept Map on the Teacher Toolkit website.

 

 

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