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A concept map is a cluster diagram that illustrates how abstract ideas are related. This type of graphical visualization tool typically uses circles or boxes to represent concepts and connecting lines to map relationships. Concept maps are often created to help users organize their thinking, brainstorm new ways to connect concepts and share information, helping viewers to understand how one concept relates to other concepts.

When used as a visual analtyics tool, concept maps are often presented in a hierarchical fashion, with more general concepts toward the top and more specific subtopics below. Hierarchical structures are often used for brainstorming and typically illustrate a problem within a specific context; therefore, having a focus question can help the map’s creator specify the problem or issue to be addressed and make it easier to identify relevant concepts.

Some complex concept maps also include sidebars with relevant, instructional information and include cross-links to show relationships between different parts of the map.

This was last updated in July 2017

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Do you use concept maps when planning new projects?
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Yeah, sure. You use a concept map to put down all your ideas that are related to your new projects.
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I use concept mapping on a daily basis. Lot's of tools out there, but I'm using iMindQ.
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DOING IT THE CONCEPT WAY Sample this. The teacher teaches you a concept. It goes above your head. Either you take the help of rote learning or you decide not to look at it again. You lose marks in the exam as there’s a question based on that particular concept. If this sounds like you then I have some good news for you. I discovered this app by chance and it has been helping me a great deal. Contextminds.com makes difficult concepts easy, clear and fun. Studies don’t feel like a burden anymore thanks to the concept maps. If you are a teacher it will help you teach better and if you are a student this will help you self-study, analyse, revise and perform well. Concept map is no rocket science. We have all done tree diagrams at some point perhaps as a part of our last minute revision. There’s a head topic and then we bifurcate it into branches and write important points under it. Like say vitamins branched out into water and fat soluble. Under fat you have A, D, E, K and under water you have B and C. A concept map uses geometrical figures like circle, square, rectangle and arrows. Usually the main topic is in the middle while the pointers are on the side. It has a user guide that will solve all your doubts and teach you to create your own map as a part of teaching, self/group-study for any subject. The app is free. You don’t have to pay anything but there’s a lot that will gain from it. Thanks to concept mapping that I can organise and share my knowledge in a simple way.
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