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Inspiration 8.0 is a graphic organizer that is on all teacher machines and student machines from grades 3-12. Teachers and students can use Inspiration to organize their thoughts and ideas, take notes, and then directly send the notes to Word for editing and publishing. There are many templates in all areas pre-made for your use, which you can use as is, or modify to your needs. Inspiration is a great tool for brainstorming, organizing and editing ideas from start to finish.

Multiple Means of Representation

Inspiration can be used to show students concepts in a variety of ways that are visual and representational. You can use photos or one of the thousands of icons in the Symbol library to show your students a concept concretely.
When using the Inspiration for mapping, consider these ways to use features of Inspiration to provide Multiple Means of Representation:
 Features:  Examples and How-tos:
use graphic organizer to help students sort out ideas
when having students plan out writing, have students use a template from Inspiration to organize their thoughts and ideas
use pictures and icons to directly represent ideas and symbols
the Symbol Libraries host thousands of icons pre-loaded; in addition, you can drag any photo from your desktop directly onto any map
use the graphic organizer to activate background knowledge, sort vocabulary and other pre-lesson activities
there are templates in every academic area as well as general organization for tools such as Venn Diagrams, vocabulary matches and KWL charts
Here is an example of a Venn Diagram in Inspiration:
 Venn Diagram example

Multiple Means of Expression

Inspiration can help students express their learning by organizing their thoughts on a concept or idea, and then to publish that idea. The Word Transfer tool allows students to send their work, including all of their notes directly into Microsoft Word, where their work can be edited and published, with or without the map. Students can create diagrams to illustrate the relationships in content areas and their understanding of concepts. 
When using Inspiration for Expression, consider these ways to use features of Inspiration to provide Multiple Means of Expression:
 Features:  Examples and How-tos:
allowing students to create their own web/diagram for understanding
students can create a book overview in map form to organize their thoughts, then send it to Word for editing and publishing
students can use the tools to organize their ideas to understand a concept
allowing students to brainstorm in Inspiration aides students in visualizing concepts
using pre-made templates for students to have concrete examples
you can modify/create any template and save it in your class folder for students to access a visual example of what the expected product will be
the Inspiration app allows for students to actually manipulate their ideas with their hands
students can physically move words and ideas around to then express their learning
Here is an example of a fiction writing web:
 Fiction writing example

Multiple Means of Engagement

Inspiration is a great tool to allow students to be actively engaged in their learning. Students can take ownership of their work in a diagram or outline that they have created, with or without a given template. Inspiration allows students to organize their own work and produce a product that is individualized and also to work with peers, and create work collaboratively. When using Inspiration, students can set a clear expectation and complete and edit a piece of work that can be self assessed based on set of concrete rubrics.
When using Inspiration for Engagement, consider these ways to use features of Inspiration to provide Multiple Means of Engagement:
 Features:  Examples and How-tos:
graphic organizers take on individual look and feel so students take accountability and ownership of work
students can create 'all about me' webs that follow an example, but are individual
work can be done in small groups
webs move fluidly, so students can work together to see concepts and discuss the learning of a concept
students can see a concrete example of what is expected and create a model that is similar
students can self-assess their work with set rubrics
Here is an example of a Book Comparison web:
 Book Comparison example
Watch this video that gives an overview and tutorial of Inspiration 8.0:
or click here if watching on an iPad.
Click here for the Inspiration website, which has additional resources and training videos.