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Webspirationis from the same people who developed Inspiration, a popular graphical organizer application used in many classrooms. If you have ever used Inspiration as a graphical organizer or for brainstorming, you will quickly master a similar set of tools in Webspiration. Webspiration can be used as a graphical organizer, for brainstorming and organizing ideas, and for prewriting.


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Learn about Webspiration

15 minute video from TeachTube


Activity - Use Webspiration for Similarities and Differences

Step-by-Step Instructions - Webspiration.pdf
  1. Webspiration will be used to compare similarities and differences between two topics. The two topics you select should relate to your curriculum and grade level, similaritiesanddifferences.pngsuch as comparing two groups of people or specific such as comparing the similarities and differences between whales and fish, or presidents Barack Obama and Abraham Lincoln.
  2. Start by creating a free account in Webspiration
  3. Create two overlapping circles. Use different colors for the lines and shading. Use the text symbol. This will create text without a frame - which can be easily moved.
  4. When the diagram is finished it can be shared. A URL is provided and if you open the website, a link is provided to get the embed code.
  5. Post this link or embed your diagram onto your Similarities and Differences page on your wiki.

Extension

  1. Use Webspiration to brainstorm on a topic, maybe as part of a KWL - sharing everything the students know about a topic. Use the Rapidfire tool.
  2. Have your students create their own Webspiration account and for collaborative planning or brainstorming.
  3. Use Webspiration as a prewriting planning tool to organize main ideas.
  4. Post URLs to examples of student Webspiration projects or other Webspiration projects you have done in your wiki.


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