Ed 3508

Monday, October 10, 2005

Concept mapping is a way to visually represent the interrelation of ideas and how they affect one another. When using concept mapping technology in a classroom there are advantages and disadvantages. One disadvantage is for children who may not have any prior knowledge of computers, especially in K-2. Those children who have no support from home or are uncomfortable on computers may need more time than is available in a computer lab to finish the assignment and therefore they could be penalised for circumstances beyond their control. An advantage of concept mapping technology is that it could interest students in their schoolwork once again. In high school those students who are ready to drop out may find the integration of computers as a reason to stay especially if technology interests them. It could be a way to keep students in schools. One way to use a concept map in a classroom is to visually represent the different forms of energy to grade 6 students. They could be assigned to visually represent the forms using inspiration. In doing so they would be fulfilling to ICT learning outcomes for grade 6. One would be C.6.4.2 investigate and solve problems of organization and manipulation of information, which would be done in the actual creating of the map, the second would be C.6.4.4 generate new understandings of problematic situations by using some form of technology to facilitate the process, which would be done as they learn about ways to understand the new challenging information presented to them in the assignment.