Inspire students to develop ideas & organize thinking.

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  • Inspire students to develop ideas & organize thinking

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  • Course Goal:To gain a basic understandingof how to use Inspirationfor visual thinking and outlining Copyright 1997, Inspiration Software, Inc.Page *

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  • Inspiration is...a powerful visual learning tool that inspires students to organize their thinking. Students use Inspirations Diagram view to dynamically create and modify concept maps, webs and other graphical organizers.The integrated Outline view enables students to quickly prioritize and rearrange ideas, helping them create clear, concise writing. Copyright 1997, Inspiration Software, Inc.Page *

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  • Visual Thinking & Learning

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  • What Inspiration is used for... Copyright 1997, Inspiration Software, Inc.Page *

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  • Where Inspiration is used...EnglishHistorySciencePlanning & OrganizingMultimedia Planning

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  • History Example:Cause and Effect Biography

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  • English Example:Story Web

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  • English Example:Character Web

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  • English Example:Creative Writing/Brainstorming

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  • Science Example:Concept Map

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  • Multimedia Planning

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  • Ways to create symbolsCreate ToolsRapid FirePoint & TypeSymbol ToolCommand-ClickDrag & Drop

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  • Create ToolsAdds symbols in the direction of arrowSelect symbol that the new symbol will be connected to.Click arrow on Create tool that points in the directionyou want your new symbol created.Type in text.Create Horizontal & VerticalCreate Diagonal

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  • Rapid Fire ToolAdd a series of connected ideas quicklySelect idea symbol you want to expand onClick the Rapid Fire toolType in your ideasPress return (enter) after each idea to separate themTo end, click Rapid Fire tool again or select something else

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  • Point & TypeCreating unconnected ideasClick in an open areaType in idea

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  • Symbol ToolCreates a new symbol link to last selected symbolClick on the Symbol ToolClick on the symbol you want the new symbol connected toClick the diagram where you want to place the new symbolYou can add symbols without links by not selecting a symbol to connect to

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  • Command-Click Using the keyboard shortcut to add symbolsSelect the idea you want to connect toHold down the command (ctrl) key and click where you want the new idea to appear

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  • Drag & DropPlace pointer on specific symbol in the symbol palette, hold down mouse button and drag symbol into diagramRelease button

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  • Working within the Diagram windowZooming from scroll bars Position (Grabber Hand)

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  • Specific Symbol ShapesChanging ShapesChanging Palette LibrariesSymbol Libraries

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  • Changing ShapesClick on symbol you want to changeClick on symbol palette on the symbol you want it to change to

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  • Changing Palette LibrariesOn symbol palette, click the Previous or Next button to display the next or previous symbol library -OR-To go directly to specific library, click the Select library button

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  • Symbol LibrariesOver 500 symbols to choose from

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  • Moving SymbolsSingle symbolMultiple symbols

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  • Single SymbolClick and drag the symbol

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  • Multiple SymbolsHold down shift key and click on the symbols you want to move -OR-If the symbols are next to each other, click and drag the pointer across the symbols until a marquee appears around the symbols, release mouse and drag to new location

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  • LinksLink ToolDrawing LinksLink TextMoving LinksLink Types and Arrowheads

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  • Link ToolCreates a link between two symbolsClick Link button on Diagram toolbarSelect where you want to originate the linkSelect where you want to link to

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  • Drawing LinksSelect symbol where you want to draw the link fromPosition pointer over diamond-shaped handle where you want link to beginClick and drag to where to you want the link to end (symbol becomes highlighted, see all the possible connecting points)

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  • Link TextSelect link to which you want to add textType your textWhen finished typing, click elsewhere in diagram

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  • Link Types & Arrowheads

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  • Grid SnapTo turn off grid snap, choose Grid Snap in the Utility menuTo turn back on snapping, choose Grid Snap again

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  • Notes TextTo expand more on thoughtsSelect symbol to add or change notes textOn Diagram toolbar, click Add Note buttonEnter textClick close box

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  • Fonts & StylingFormat MenuNew LookSet New Look Edit Menu CommandPaste New Look

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  • Format Menu

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  • New LookSets default attributes for new symbols & linksSelect symbol or link that has the look you wantOn Diagram toolbar, click New Look button -OR-On Edit menu, choose Set New Look

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  • Paste New LookApplies new look to existing symbolsSelect symbols or links you want to apply new look toOn Edit menu, choose Paste New Look

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  • Color & PatternsFill Tool - changes fill color in selected symbols or draw objectsLine Tool - changes line color of selected symbols, links or draw objectsText Tool - Changes text color of selected symbols or linksPatterns (Effect menu)

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  • Import GraphicsIn a draw or paint program, copy graphic to clipboardOpen Inspiration diagram to where you are to use graphic and select symbol to changeOn Edit menu, choose Paste

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  • Arrange ButtonQuickly arrange a diagram into a tree chartClick on Arrange button -OR-On symbol menu, choose ArrangeDialog box appears

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  • AlignTo align symbols with each other

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  • Evenly SpaceTo have even amount of space between symbols

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  • Symbol LibrariesInstalling Custom SymbolsEditing Symbol Libraries

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  • Install Custom SymbolsSelect graphicOn symbol palette, display library you want to add graphic toOn Utility menu, choose Install User Symbol

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  • Editing Symbol LibrariesOn Utility menu, choose Edit Symbol LibrariesDialog box opensChoose symbol to move, drag from one library to another

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  • Spell CheckOn utility menu, choose Spell Check

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  • PrintingPrint OptionsPrint Preview

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  • Print OptionsSmart Page Breaks or Fit to One Page

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  • Print PreviewOn File menu, choose Print Preview

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  • Outline ViewChange Diagram to Outline viewSymbols to TopicsSub-symbols to SubtopicsNotes windows to Notes textClick Outline button -OR-On the View menu, choose Outline The Outline View changes:

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  • Add TopicAdds topic to same levelOn Outline toolbar, click Add Topic button -OR-On Outline menu, choose Add Topic -OR-Keyboard shortcuts: F9 or Command-G (Ctrl-G)

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  • Add Subtopic Adds subtopic to same levelOn Outline toolbar, click Add Sub button -OR-On Outline menu, choose Insert Subtopic -OR-Keyboard shortcut: Command-K (Ctrl-K)

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  • Making a Topic into a SubtopicRight Tool -OR-On Outline menu, choose Move Right -OR-Tab or Command-R (Ctrl-R)

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  • Making a Subtopic into aHigher Level TopicLeft Tool -OR-On Outline menu, choose Move Left -OR-Tab or Ctrl-L

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  • Moving Topics by DraggingSelect the topic you want to move, then hold down mouse button while you drag it in the outline (subtopics come along)

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  • Hide/Show SubtopicsLets you see all the outline structureor a higher level viewOn Outline toolbar, click the +-Sub button -OR-On the View menu, choose View Subtopics, then select Hide or Show -OR-Ctrl H

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  • Notes TextWhere to develop your ideasOn Outline toolbar, click the Add Note button -OR-Return (Enter)

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  • Hide/Show Notes text Lets you see all the detail or just the outline structureOn Outline toolbar, click the +- Note tool -OR-On the View menu, choose View Notes Text, then select Hide or Show -OR-Ctrl Y

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  • Prefix Labels

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  • Outline PropertiesTopic StylingMarginsHeaders/Footers On Outline toolbar, click Properties button -OR- On File menu, choose Outline properties, click on tab to display window Layout Prefix Options

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  • Topic Styling

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  • Margins

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  • Headers & Footers

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  • Outline Layout Properties

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  • Print/Print Preview of OutlinesSpell CheckPrint PreviewExport Capabilities

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  • Customizing Inspiration -Specifying new default startup documentOn File menu, choose Template, the Open Template dialog box appearsSelect the template you want as your default templateClick Set Default

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  • Customizing Inspiration -New TemplatesCreate document you want to save as a templateOn File menu, choose Save As TemplateDialog box opens

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  • Webbing and Concept MappingConcept maps and story webs are visual ways to structure ideas. They show relationships between concepts.Because they require active thinking; rather than rote repetition, concept maps and webs assure that students have a deeper understanding of an idea. Webbing is used in literature and history classes; concept mapping is typically used in history and the sciences.

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  • Multimedia PlanningMultimedia planning is a way of organizing large projects, web page design or presentations. Its a graphical way to plan a documents strucure. Planning helps students clearly identify the beginning, the middle and end of a project, making them focus their direction and become more productive.

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  • Brainstorming, Planning and WritingBrainstorming is one of the easiest ways to motivate students to think. It helps students think of good topics and helps them elaborate on those topics.Once theyve completed their initial brainstorm, they can begin more structured planning of their story or project. Planning helps students focus only on the elements necessary to the project.When students are ready to begin writing, they convert their diagram to an outline. Using notes text, students elaborate on their ideas sketched during the brainstorming and plainning stages.

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  • Now Lets Play!Plan your holiday shopping, parties nowWhat I did for my summer vacationPlan a project due in next 30 days

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