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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.
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.