Technology and Visual Representations

Educators who study Howard Gardner and his theory of Multiple Intelligences are cognizant of the premise that individuals learn in a variety of ways. Technology can aid educators in reaching all students by assisting them in differentiating instruction for each student. The following are some of the technology resources available to help visual, spatial and kinesthetic learners process and organize information.

Kartoo – is a metasearch engine that displays results in the form of a map. Although a little confusing at first, it is a pretty useful tool, and is definitely fun to use. An explanation about how the site works is available in case you have trouble figuring it out (like I did).

Visual Complexity – is a website that is attempting to create visual representations to illustrate complex networks. Some of the visualizations are pretty impressive.

Visual Thesaurus – is a paid resource that includes a dictionary and thesaurus and displays a map of how words are related to another. It also includes an audio feature that allows the user to hear the correct pronunciation of a word.

VisIt – I can’t claim that I have used this source yet, but it looks really exciting. According to the site’s about page, VisIt is a “free interactive parallel visualization and graphical analysis tool for viewing scientific data…” I plan to play around with the software, but would love to hear from anyone who has used it.

LivePlasma – is a fun site for anyone who loves music and/or movies. Users can search for their favorite bands or movies and are presented with a map of suggested interests.

CMapInformation contained in my previous posting.

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One Comment on “Technology and Visual Representations”

  1. LeftLaneEnds Says:

    I LOVE CMAPS! I would encourage anyone who uses the software to take a look at the website and read through how the developer recommends using them. The bubbles should contain short, concise words or phrases connected with transitions. Once you map out a concept, it is also important to go back and look for connections that exist that may not have been seen initially.

    The software also now allows attaching links, pictures, audio and video to the concepts.

    This is a snapshot of my brain…looks pretty haywire when it’s grows, but I just love it!


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