Concept mapping

Also known as: mind mapping, diagramming, webbing, idea mapping

Concept maps are an effective way of expressing structured relationships. They have three elements: shapes, arrows, and text. The subject is at the top and related ideas become specific entries as you move down the map. In this way, concept maps differ from mind maps because relationships are expressed in a tree or radial structure, depending on the relationships between ideas. They enable teachers to tell at a glance if students have a deep understanding or are struggling with the content and concepts being studied. Concept maps aid learning by explicitly integrating new and old knowledge and students can assess understanding or diagnose misunderstanding through drawing concept maps.

Concept mapping

How to use with ICT

Create an interactive and/or collaborative concept map to support student understanding and relationships between content, using one of the available tools (See ICT tools). Presentation software or a word processor can be used to create a skeleton concept map that students will complete in class. Specialised applications like draw.io or bubbl.us are better for creating a concept map from scratch in class.

Single computer

Project a concept map on the board while adding to it as a class. Share the completed concept map via email or Google Classroom or Microsoft Teams.

ICT templates

External resources

Find out more resources
Title Link Description
How to make a concept map (video) by Lucidchart How to make a concept map (new window) 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 (new window) 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 (new window) Concept Map on the Teacher Toolkit website.

 

 

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