Magazine article Technology & Learning

Tech Smart Tips

Magazine article Technology & Learning

Tech Smart Tips

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PICOMAP: CONCEPT MAPS

Concept maps are graphical ways of displaying information. They teach students to analyze and organize ideas and to see patterns and relationships. Visualizing information is a great way for students to understand concepts by "seeing" them.

PICO: NODES AND EDGES

A node is the "bubble" where you write an idea. To create a new node, draw a circle with your stylus in the main screen area. Draw slowly and create a closed figure.

An edge connects two notes in a defined direction and represents a relationship between the two. To create an edge, drag your stylus from the center of the first node to the center of the second. Then name it. To rename or delete an edge, tap the red arrow of the edge box and then either edit the text or tap the delete button in the top right corner of the screen.

To move a node, hold the stylus in the center of the node and drag it to a new location. To edit or delete a node, tap on the center of the node and then either edit the text or tap the delete button in the top right corner of the screen.

To move around in PiCoMap, use the arrow buttons in the lower right hand corner of the screen. To return to the original starting position, tap the "x" in the center of the arrows. …

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