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    Overview

    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.