Monday, August 10, 2009


I've enjoyed working with a software tool called Inspiration for years. My website for students includes a suggestion for using the award-winning Inspiration tool to build concept maps. Now, those brilliant folks at Inspiration Software have put the functionality of this remarkable chart-builder online . . . for FREE!

Yep, you read that right. They are "beta testing" the new web-based version, and are offering it to early "guinea pig" users like you and me for nothing . . . nada . . . zilch.

The web-based version is called Webspiration. Well, ok, the name is less than inspirational but the idea of the product is a good one. I guess if you use it repeatedly, it's Respiration, eh? If you use it year after year (perennially) then its Perspiration.

All right, enough of that.

Either Inspiration or Webspiration can used by you and your students to:
  • demonstrate concept maps (mind maps)
  • construct an image for teaching (in a slide or in a handout or on your course website)
  • plan or organize your course, study time, a project
  • organize any information
  • learn a new concept
  • learn how new and old concepts relate to one another
  • develop new ideas
  • diagram processes
  • illustrate lab reports and term papers
  • creating study guides
  • ok, the list is limited only by your imagination, right?
They even have some really well done tips for college students on how to use the software to create study guides, construct an outline for writing a paper, etc.

Want to know more?
Webspiration - sign up for the FREE beta version

Inspiration - the original off-line version

Concept Maps
- my web article for students
Let us know how YOU are using either tool in your courses! (simply comment on this post)