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App review by Patricia Monticello Kievlan, Common Sense Education | Updated September 2014
WeMAP

WeMAP

Solid, collaborative mind mapping tool could use more in-app guidance

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Editorial review by Common Sense Education
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Grades
3–7 This grade range is based on learning appropriateness and doesn't take into account privacy. It's determined by Common Sense Education, not the product's publisher.
Subjects & Skills
Communication & Collaboration, Creativity, Critical Thinking

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Pros: Reliable real-time collaboration and easy export features make sharing easy.

Cons: Limited in-app help and inconsistent creation tools detract from the app's solid collaborative features.

Bottom Line: Good tool for collaboration, but basic features, like adding text, can be tricky to use.

As they read a play or story, encourage kids to create family trees, mapping the relationships among different characters. Have kids create a concept map of topics or vocabulary within a social studies, ELA, history, or science text.

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Editor's Note: WeMAP is no longer available.

WeMAP is a collaborative tool for creating digital concept maps. Users can create a new concept map; add ovals, connecting lines, and text using a range of available colors; and then move and rearrange the bubbles and lines. Maps can be saved as PDFs, and users can easily share them with other apps.

WeMAP's best feature is its collaborative ability, which allows an unlimited number of users to work on a single concept map at once from their own devices. A user creates a collaborative session (with or without a password), and others can then join and contribute their own work. WeMAP is one of a suite of collaborative apps that includes WeKWL, WeSketch, WeWrite, and more.

WeMAP's real-time collaboration feature is reliable and easy to use. Unfortunately, in-app help is limited, and figuring out the best way to add new content can be tricky. The developer's website provides a detailed FAQ section, and a manual is available for download, but making some of that information available in the app could make a big difference in usability. Clearer descriptions of how to best use the app's features as well as suggestions for how to use the tool in the classroom could greatly enhance this app.

This can be a useful tool for real-time collaboration, but it's best used with solid teacher guidance and instruction.

Overall Rating

Engagement Would it motivate students and hold their interest? Is it visually appealing? Would it inspire teachers to try something new or change their instruction?

Adding bubbles, lines, and text can be cumbersome, and text shows up unpredictably, making for a sometimes-frustrating user experience.

Pedagogy Does the tool help teachers promote a more student-centered experience? Will students gain conceptual understanding or think critically? Does it deepen teachers’ pedagogical thinking?

Concept mapping can be an effective tool for learning, but teachers need to add the context and specific educational value.

Support Can students and teachers get assistance when they need it? Is it created with people of different abilities and backgrounds in mind? Is learning reinforced and extended beyond the digital experience?

Developer's website has lots of helpful info and troubleshooting tips, but in-app how-to info is limited.


Common Sense reviewer
Patricia Monticello Kievlan Foundation/nonprofit member

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Jennifer A. , Classroom teacher
Classroom teacher
Montclaire Elementary School
Los Altos, United States
Fantastic Collaborative Mapping Tool
WeMap is an excellent student tool. My students prefer it compared to Popplet because they can collaborate. Since more than 1 person can add to the map at a time everyone is busy rather than waiting for their turn. This also saves class time, which I appreciate. It would be helpful if WeMap allowed users to draw in the nodes and add photos, both of which are features of Popplet.
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