Learning can be seen as the process of turning information into knowledge. Visual diagramming is an amazing tool to help students organize their ideas,the first step in metacognition, "knowing what we know".
We use Kidspiration and Inspiration as our visual diagramming applications, but all programs of this type offer students the tools to become better writers.
As students build a web of their ideas, they recognize relationships between ideas and connect them. Adding to the web and refining the connections results in an outline, showing relationhips and hierarchy. This outline can be exported directly into a word processing program, where it can be used as the skeleton of a writing piece.
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