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Visual Tools for Transforming Information Into Knowledge

Visual Tools for Transforming Information Into Knowledge

Second Edition

Prologue by Arthur L. Costa, Foreword by Robert J. Marzano

November 2008 | 192 pages | Corwin
across grade levels and content areas. This new w book would provide a deeper look at the how-to for not only the Maps but also many additional visual structures to use for a variety of purposes. Graphic organizers to preview the content of each chapter model the process. Multiple maps within the chapter explain the best uses of each type, provide a rubric for successful application, sample map templates and filled in examples. and provide the essential how-to for a wide variety of tools.''
Foreword by Robert J. Marzano
Prologue by Arthur L. Costa
About the Author
Summary Definition of Visual Tools
Introduction:Transforming Static Information Into Active Knowledge
Blind Insights

Right Now: Jumping the Achievement Gap for All Children

Overview of the Book

1. The Mapping Metaphor
Cognitive Dissonance in Representation Systems

The Elephant in the Room

The Mapping Metaphor: Terra Incognita

Mapping the Brain

Visual Tools for Mapmaking

The Foundation of the Mapping Metaphor: Seeing

2. Facilitating the Networking Brain and the Patterning Mind
Nonlinguistic and Linguistic Representations

Research Studies on Graphic Organizers

Reading Comprehension and Reading First Research

Mapping Living Systems

The Brain Is a Pattern Detector

The Visual Brain

The Mind Organizes Into Schematic Patterns

Multiple Intelligences as Active Patterns

Habits of Mind

3. Using Visual Tools
Clarifying a Confusion of Terms and Tools

Content-Specific Visual Tools

Defining Visual Tools

Theory-Embedded Tools

Types of Visual Tools

Reviewing Your Toolkit

Choosing Appropriate Visual Tools

The Importance of Student Ownership of Visual Tools

Saving Time

Constructing Knowledge in Cooperative Groups

Beyond Blueprints, Templates, and Blackline Masters

4. Brainstorming Webs for Facilitating the Creative Mind
Flow of Information and Knowledge

Thinking in Pictures

The Brain and Brainstorming

The Misconceptions About Brainstorming Webs

Webs for Facilitating Habits of Mind

Software for Brainstorming Webs

Brainstorming Webs for Collaborative Reflection, by David Schumaker

Mind Mapping

Viewing Book Reviews

Mindscapes From Metaphors

Seeking Personal Growth

5. Graphic Organizers for Analytical Tasks
An Overview of Graphic Organizers, by Greg Freeman

Comparing Graphic Organizers and Brainstorming Webs

Organizers for Habits of Mind

Chunking, Memory, and the Organizing Brain

Content-Specific Graphics as an Advanced Organizer

Process-Specific Maps

The Big-Picture Organizers

Mapping Lesson Plans

Design and Understanding

6. Conceptual Mapping for Integrating Creative and Analytical Thinking
Thinking About the Box

Habits of Mind and Conceptual Maps

When Thinking Became Popular

Novak and Gowin's Concept Mapping Techniques

The Inductive Tower

Argument Maps and Rationale, by Tim Van Gelder

Feedbacks and Flows in the System

Connection Circles, by Rob Quaden and Alan Ticotsky

Systems Thinking

Leaving Tracks

An Integration of Visual Representations: Teaching With Unit Visual Frameworks

7. Thinking Maps: A Synthesis Language of Visual Tools
A Short History of Thinking Maps

Defining Thinking Maps as a Language

Five Levels of Thinking Maps Implementation

Differentiated Thinking Patterns for English-Language Learners, by Stefanie Holzman

Essential Cognitive Questions Based in Standards

Using Thinking Maps Software to Map the Standards, by Sarah Curtis

From Students and Teachers to Leadership Development and Whole-Schools Transformations

The Role of Thinking Maps in the Process of Becoming a Professional learning Community, by Larry Alper

Whole System Change

8. Thinking Maps for Special Needs, by Cynthia Manning
Thinking Maps Give Me a Chance to Learn: Learning Prep Student

Background on Learning Prep School

Developing the Fundamental Psychological Processes Through Thinking Maps

Thinking Maps and High-Stakes Testing

Teachers and Students See the Success

Thinking Maps and "the Real World"

In Conclusion

References and Further Reading

“Helps teachers think about what they are doing in the classroom with graphic organizers and how they can use them more effectively.”

Mark Johnson, Principal
Glenwood Elementary School, Kearney, NE

"With an emphasis on transforming information into knowledge, everyone who considers themselves a learner or a facilitator of someone else’s learning would benefit from the author’s message and ideas. I appreciate the voices of learners of all ages that the author sprinkles throughout the work! These bits bring the ideas to life."

Judith A. Rogers, Professional Learning Specialist
Tucson Unified School District, AZ

did not seem in depth enough

Dr Gayle Mindes
School Of Education, Depaul University - Lincoln Park
April 22, 2013

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