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  Feature Name: Concept mapping
 
Author: Beat Schwendimann

Category: Visualization Tools (pre-designed): Visual Explanations (2D+3D)

Subject: Life sciences

Kind: NA

Audience:
 Elementary School
 Middle School
 High School
 Higher Education
 Teachers & Principals
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Software URL: WISE 'Space colonies'

Created by: WISE (Beat Schwendimann)

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This Feature is connected to (12) Principles
  • Provide students with templates to help reasoning
  • Enable students to relate between micro and macro levels of phenomena
  • Visual representation of data collected by students
  • Build on student ideas
  • Scaffold the process of generating explanations
  • Promote productive interactions
  • Use multiple representations
  • Encourage reflection
  • Design prompts for planning and monitoring
  • Engage learners as critics
  • Integrate online with offline activities
  • Reuse student artifacts as resource for learning
     
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    Description:
    Concept mapping activity helps students to visualize existing and missing connections between concepts.
    The Rationale Behind the Feature (Specific Design Principle):
    Concept maps are visual networks between concepts. In the WISE module Space colonies, students create a concept map by first placing concepts given in a list into one of three boxes which stand for three different levels (DNA, cell, organism/population). Then students connect the concepts with labeled arrows. This connects students ideas of causalities and kind of connection between concepts across different levels.