Kidspiration Maps is incredibly versatile. Developing writers can use the text-to-image outlines to organize ideas using images and then see them transformed into written words. Emerging writers can use Kidspiration Maps for pre-writing activites to organize main ideas and supporting details. All kids can create engaging presentations, easily adding images and audio recordings. Teachers can use the dozens of preloaded activities for social studies, science, reading, writing, and math -- either printing them or having kids work directly on their iPads. The SuperGrouper is an amazing activity for early reading and math sorting activities. If you purchase more than 20 copies through the Apple volume discount for educators program, each copy is $4.99.Continue reading Show less
Kidspiration Maps is a mind-mapping tool designed specifically for elementary-age kids by the creators of Inspiration Maps. The colorful, image-filled organizer helps kids learn to organize and classify information to improve writing and reading. Kids can create graphic organizers like story maps, Venn diagrams, and webs. Outlines can be converted to graphic organizers and vice versa. Kids can share creations by emailing, printing, or saving to iTunes, Dropbox, Photos, or the app (as .pdf or .png files).The Lite version, which is free, lets kids create up to five mind maps with no sharing options, but includes frequent requests to upgrade.
Kidspiration Maps isn't a stand-alone app for learning, but paired with good instruction, it can enhance kids' understanding and engage them in deeper thoughts and stronger writing. The interface is easy to use and visually appealing. There's a lot to impress in Kidspiration Maps -- 1,400 images, the option to add audio clips to the graphic organizers, dozens of really cool activity templates that can be used across the curriculum -- but the image-to-text conversion is particularly exciting. Kids can create a graphic organizer using images and then change it into an outline with words. SuperGrouper is another impressive, versatile tool that teaches kids to sort, group, and classify objects and ideas. Teachers and students both will be excited to use Kidspiration Maps, and the visual organization will help kids learn and remember.
Key Standards Supported
Sort common objects into categories (e.g., shapes, foods) to gain a sense of the concepts the categories represent.
Reading Informational Text
With prompting and support, identify the main topic and retell key details of a text.
With prompting and support, describe the connection between two individuals, events, ideas, or pieces of information in a text.
Identify the main topic and retell key details of a text.
Identify the main topic of a multiparagraph text as well as the focus of specific paragraphs within the text.
Determine the main idea of a text; recount the key details and explain how they support the main idea.
Speaking & Listening
Add drawings or other visual displays to descriptions when appropriate to clarify ideas, thoughts, and feelings.
Create audio recordings of stories or poems; add drawings or other visual displays to stories or recounts of experiences when appropriate to clarify ideas, thoughts, and feelings.
Create engaging audio recordings of stories or poems that demonstrate fluid reading at an understandable pace; add visual displays when appropriate to emphasize or enhance certain facts or details.
Use a combination of drawing, dictating, and writing to compose informative/explanatory texts in which they name what they are writing about and supply some information about the topic.
Use a combination of drawing, dictating, and writing to narrate a single event or several loosely linked events, tell about the events in the order in which they occurred, and provide a reaction to what happened.