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Last summer two individuals from Inspiration came to showcase Webspiration. As an iPad Evangelist, I queried, “Do you have an app?” At the time they did not. Unfortunately, while we have Inspiration & Kidspiration loaded on most of our district computers, the software is often left untouched. Knowing that this software could be an integral part of mind-mapping and robust story-telling, this lack of use makes me a bit sad.
Inspiration Maps (and Inspiration Maps Lite) come at the perfect time in the iDevice explosion to meet the needs of our mobile learners. If you love Inspiration Software, you have to check out the Inspiration app. The app is intuitive and familiar and boasts a current library of 29 templates. Templates range from Analogies and Biographies to Character Analysis and Lab Reports. Inspiration is the perfect tool to support the writing process in the iClassroom. The available templates provide a framework for guiding brainstorming and outlining and allow students the ability to expand on their thoughts, knowledge, and research to build deeper understanding.
The ability to toggle between outline and diagram mode appeals to multiple learning styles. Inspiration has truly addressed the needs of mobile learners by adding multiple features to export diagrams and outlines as well as build off of them in other apps.
As I try to only showcase purposeful and productive use of the iPad and I still have Mobile 2012 on the brain, I thought I would use the Inspiration Maps app to showcase my Mobile 2012 iLearning journey utilizing the Plot Analysis Template.
After reading the user reviews, I will concede that there are some features that are lacking in the current version of Inspiration Maps:
- Exporting and a way to sync/interface with the desktop version of Inspiration.
- The lack of exporting the graphic version of the diagram with other apps rather than simply the outline.
- The ability to export as a PDF.
- A feature to wirelessly collaborate on the same document or a way to beam/blast map templates to other users (ala iCardSort app).
- A user created Inspiration Diagrams template repository accessible to all (ala iCardSort decks).
In hindsight 60 apps in 60 minutes was a bit ambitious. I kind of felt as if we were auctioning off apps. (Perhaps a Nifty Fifty pack would have been a better fit.) For those of you who missed our session…or those of you who attended and caught whiplash from the sheer speed of it, here is a list of all of the apps we (Jon Samuelson and I) featured.
- Futaba Word Games
- Doodle Buddy
- Photo Measure Lite
- Tracing Paper Lite
- Bill Atkinson PhotoCard
- TypeDrawing FREE
- StoryLines for Schools
- Video Star
- Epic Citadel
- Pizza Time
- My PlayHome Lite
- Word Lens
- Sketchbook Express
- iMotion HD
- My Secret Diary
- Album FX Lite
- TapTap Blocks
- Choiceboard Creator
- Voice Thread
- Social Express Lite
- Mad Lips
- Inspiration Maps Lite
- Opposite Ocean
- Visual Poet