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Students participating in Project SUCCESS use Inspiration for educational purposes such as those described below.

Studying a Textbook Chapter

  1. The students create an outline or concept map for each chapter by typing in headings and subheadings.
  2. As students read each paragraph, they record and organize key words and phrases under the appropriate headings and subheadings.
  3. Students self-test their knowledge by using a feature that allows them to hide and reveal information in the outline.

Real-Time Note Taking

Students use Inspiration to take notes "on the fly." The electronic outline helps students record and format their notes quickly. For example, students in one participating middle school use Inspiration to take notes on the information presented each day on Channel One. The graphic nature of concept mapping can reduce the amount of text students need to communicate and link ideas.

Synthesizing Information from Multiple Sources

  1. After choosing a subject to research, students work with their teacher to create a topical outline that will guide their research.
  2. When students read material about their subject, they insert the information under appropriate topics in the outline.
  3. Students then cluster the accumulated information under each heading into conceptual units that will guide their writing.
  4. Steps 2 and 3 may be repeated several times before students use a word processor to write their reports.

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This material was developed by the National Center to Improve Practice (NCIP), located at Education Development Center, Inc. in Newton, Massachusetts.  NCIP was funded by the U.S. Department of Education, Office of Special Education Programs from October 1, 1992 - September 30, 1998, Grant #H180N20013.  Permission is granted to copy and disseminate this information.  If you do so, please cite NCIP.   Contents do not necessarily reflect the views or policies of the Department of Education, nor does mention of trade names, commercial products, or organizations imply endorsement by NCIP, EDC, or the U.S. Government.  This site was last updated in September 1998. 

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