Mind maps of history and the humanities in a multimedia-rich environment

App of the Week

 

WisdomMaps work well as a stand-alone alternative to a text. And they work even better when paired with a text. The text helps students keep to the straight-and-narrow of the historical narrative, while the maps encourage them to delve into the many new interests they uncover in the multimedia. This whets their appetite for the subject and hopefully spawns an enduring interest. After all, any proper engagement with history deserves a lifetime, not 16 weeks. So perhaps this answers to the highest pedagogical purpose of all. We need to instill a lifelong love for learning. As Socrates said, “Education is the kindling of a flame, not the filling of a vessel.”

 

Formats/platforms used:

Can use MindMeister to run the maps from the website www.WisdomMaps.info

 

Primary website’s URL:

www.WisdomMaps.info

 

Problem solved:

It engages learners with multimedia and enables them to see how everything in history fits together, in terms of causality, shared meaning and implications, shared concept, shared historical analogy, and more. When information is inter-related, it creates meaning, and in a sense, this serves as the beginnings of a new knowledge universe based on meaning.

 

Grades/age ranges:

Anyone in grades 7 and 8 on up will be able to make very productive use of this.

 

Core/supplemental/special needs/extracurricular/professional development?

WisdomMaps works well with special education learners because it is visual learning. It also serves professional development needs in history by way of its links to Google Scholar for each of the many topics in the maps; there’s no limit to how specialized the research can get. The maps also make for a delightful extra-curricular dalliance for anyone with a taste for the human story.

 

Subjects:

Primarily history, but the maps entreat the main aspects of the human condition (social, cultural, religious, political, and economic) so that the maps can serve in other courses in the humanities (e.g., philosophy, literature, ethnic history, the arts). History is the history of everything.

 

 

Lesson time needed:

As much time as the learner wants to give it. The maps allow the learner to learn to the full extent of their capabilities and interest—no limits.

 

Pricing models:

Educators are free. Grade-school students are $10 per semester. College courses: students are $59 per course. Public subscription: $90 for a one-year subscription, $60 for 6 months, $40 for 3 months, and $15 for one month.

 

Additional services needed?

Nothing extra needed.