With Inspiration® and Kidspiration®, students use symbols and images to represent ideas, create graphic organizers to break work down into manageable sections, and brainstorm, sort and organize their ideas. These visual thinking and learning strategies have been shown to increase academic performance for students with and without learning disabilities in content-area classes including language arts, social studies, science and study skills. Specific to special needs, Inspiration and Kidspiration are recommended for students with ADD/ADHD, autism, Asperger’s, dyslexia, aphasia, and visual or auditory processing disorders, as they provide:
In addition, both Inspiration and Kidspiration have text-to-speech, so teachers can configure it to read out loud to students who have difficulty reading or seeing a computer screen.
- Individualized and Differentiated Instruction. Lessons can be tailored to allow students to learn and demonstrate their understanding in ways that suit their specific learning needs.
- Project-based Learning. Visual learning engages students of all abilities as they work together and contribute at their individual levels.
- 21st Century Skills Development. Inspiration and Kidspiration help students develop and gather ideas, organize thoughts, analyze and interpret information, clarify understanding and communicate clearly—all key 21st century skills that expand their ability to achieve success across all subject areas and throughout their adult lives.
Inspiration is uniquely suited to supporting students with learning differences. It seamlessly integrates with other assistive technology such as WordQ/SpeakQ (word prediction/voice recognition) and Kurzweil 3000 (scan/read).
The following are just some of the ways Inspiration helps students read, write and learn:
- Memory is supported through the use of colour and symbols (access to one million images), video (attach video files to symbols), listen feature (program reads all text on the screen) and record feature (student can orally record 30 second of information for each symbol on the page)
- Reading Comprehension is supported through the use of images, program templates (reading strategies) and listen feature
- Writing is supported through the use of spell check (automatic), word guide (spelling, definitions and synonyms), note pads ("window" into the written outline), access to a linear written outline, program templates (structured writing) and transfer feature (send diagram and/or outline to Word, Powerpoint etc.)
- Organization is supported through the use of RapidFire feature (quickly brainstorm ideas), arrange feature (easily change linked ideas into webs and maps), colour and images (visually structure ideas), webs (helps students break down large assignment into manageable chunks), checklist (check off completion) and note pads (open as needed to avoid visual clutter).
- Presentation is supported through the use of note pads (open and close to reveal information), subtopics (show and hide to reveal information), hyperlink (instantly access web pages, Inspiration files, files on the computer as part of a oral/visual presentation) and concept mapping (instead of written essays)
Comprehend. Create. Communicate. Achieve More
For visual mapping, outlining, writing and making presentations, use Inspiration® 9, the ultimate thinking and learning tool. Brainstorm ideas, structure your thoughts and visually communicate concepts to strengthen understanding with the Diagram and Map Views. To take notes, organize information, and structure writing for plans, papers and reports, use the integrated Outline View to focus on main and supporting ideas and to clarify thinking in written form. With Inspiration's Presentation Manager, transform your diagrams, mind maps and outlines into polished presentations that communicate ideas clearly and demonstrate understanding and knowledge.
Students build graphic organizers, including concept maps, webs, mind maps and idea maps, in Inspiration to:
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