Learning Theories – Concept Map
COURSE: ETEC 512, Applications of Learning Theories to Instruction, Course Description
TYPE OF ASSIGNMENT: Individual
To build a concept map, based on the theories and perspectives presented in ETEC 512. My concept map is a reorganization and integration of learning theories in a way that is meaningful to me.
ETEC 512 was my first course in the MET program. In the beginning, I was definitely overwhelmed by the number of learning theories I was being introduced to. Unfortunately this valuable information had not been covered in my undergraduate education degree, so I was truly starting from scratch. As the course went on, I started to make connections and was grateful to be learning about how people learn. I started to understand more about the students I was teaching and how they learned. The learning theories concept map was one of our major assignments for ETEC 512 and in essence, we had the whole semester to complete it, adding information as we progressed through the course content. Early on in the course, we completed a “Teaching Perspectives Inventory” (TPI) which basically helps teachers to define their philosophy of teaching. After viewing the concept maps of other students in the course at the end of the semester, I realized that I was one of the few that had included the TPI and made connections to the learning theories on my concept map.
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- 3.3 Guide information processing, visualization, and manipulation
- 5.2 Use multiple tools for construction and composition
- 6.3 Facilitate managing information and resources
Young children are very adept at using concept maps as they are able to think in creative, non-linear ways. As teachers strive to provide flexible learning environments for their students, concept maps are a tool to consider. Concept maps are a powerful tool for students to learn how to prioritize information, to organize their thinking, and to express what they know in an alternative manner.
The CMapTools application was developed by the Institute for Human and Machine Cognition.
Other concept map (sometimes called mind mapping) web tools:
bubbl.us – free web application for brainstorming online
MindMeister – online mind mapping software
edistorm – online sticky note collaboration
text2mindmap - web application that converts text to mind maps
MindNode Pro - easy mind mapping for your Mac
XMind - mind mapping software
Free Technology for Teachers – 7 Tools for Creating Mind Maps and Outlines Online
There are many other free mind mapping tools out there… just ask Google!