Concept Maps

Understanding of the Topic:

A concept map is a diagram that shows the relationship between different ideas or concepts. It will typically represent the ideas with boxes or circles around the information. Arrows or lines will connect the appropriate information together in a downward-branching hierarchical structure. This display of information is considered a network. Networks consist of When a person visualizes the relationships between separate concepts, it is called concept mapping. The actual idea of concept maps was developed by Joseph D. Novak in the 1970's. Novak would teach children as young as six years old to make concept maps and convey their thought-process through it. He describes concept mapping more in depth in his book Learning How to Learn. Many people use concept maps to aid in brainstorming. In the example concept map, you can see how the information begins broad and as it goes down the line it becomes increasingly specific.

Educational Example:

Concept maps can be used in many different ways in the classroom. Teachers can use concept maps to organize a lesson or thematic unit plan and get the big ideas out there clearly. With a concept map they can see where the standards they are teaching fit into what lesson and how the activities relate to them. Students can use concept maps in a variety of ways. One way is with note taking during class. This way they are able to easily visually see how the materials that they are learning fit together and how they relate to one another. This would otherwise be hard to show in traditional note-taking. If the student did not take notes using a concept map, they can always create a concept map afterwards showing the key concepts and relationships of the taught materials. Some studies suggest creating concept maps with materials can help with learning and creativity.

Media Example:
This video explains very clearly how to create a concept map of your own. I have used the website they mention (, and it is a quick and easy way to create a concept map.

More Information:

This is the website that was mentioned in the video. Great concept mapping resource!

This website not only explains how to create a concept map, but also what it is.
What is Concept Mapping?

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