Improve Writing and Thinking Skills
Webspiration Classroom™ is the online diagramming, graphic organizer, mind mapping and outlining tool for writing, brainstorming and collaboration, designed specifically to meet the needs of students and educators.
The visual thinking and learning tools in Webspiration Classroom provide students with support to improve their writing, while giving them the tools they need to evaluate, synthesize and retain information across the curriculum. Webspiration Classroom teaches students how to develop their ideas, from the brainstorming stage all the way through to an organized, polished project.
Using Webspiration Classroom, educators can:
- Teach Writing and Critical Thinking Skills
- Graphic organizers and diagrams help students develop ideas.
- Outline tools help engage both the left and right brain.
- Pictures help students clarify thinking, while linking tools help explain interrelationships.
- Engage Students with Collaborative Learning
- Student collaboration facilitates group projects and peer review.
- Single document collaboration streamlines group project revisions.
- Publishing documents allows students to share their work.
- Extend Learning Time and Facilitate Teacher-Student Interaction
- Workflow of assignments, review and feedback between educators and students are made easy.
- Examples and lesson plans facilitate use.
- Integrated study tips help students improve performance.
- Optimize Use of Institutional Technology Resources
- Administrators manage accounts.
- There is nothing to download or install.
- You can depend on reliable access and automatic backup of data.
- Rest assured with a safe and ad-free environment.
- Use with Inspiration®.
Teach Writing and Critical Thinking Skills
With Webspiration Classroom, students use visual thinking and outlining techniques to develop writing skills and analyze, synthesize and comprehend information. Applying proven learning methods such as webbing, concept mapping, and graphic organizers, students learn to write and think more effectively, increasing their achievement in Language Arts and across the curriculum.
Graphic organizers and diagrams help students develop ideas
Students can create their own diagrams, bubble maps, concept maps, idea maps and more to brainstorm, compile information and visually organize their thinking. These proven learning techniques help students to better understand and communicate information.
Webspiration Classroom also comes with a wide range of diagram templates and lesson plans including:
Language Arts templates and lesson plans
Science templates and lesson plans
- Social Studies templates and lesson plans
- Brainstorming templates and lesson plans
- Thinking and planning templates and lesson plans
Teachers and students can also customize and create graphic organizer templates to be shared with students and other instructors.
Visual and outlining tools engage both the left and right brain
To fully engage the left and right brain, making connections between words and images is essential. Webspiration Classroom is the turns your visual diagram into an outline and your outline into a diagram with just the click of a button.
Outlining has proven to be one of the most effective strategies for writing and organizing. Webspiration Classroom’s sophisticated, yet easy-to-use, online outlining tool for students allows learners to see gaps in their thinking and quickly add, delete, arrange and rearrange their ideas into the most logical sequence.
This powerful outlining tool helps students to communicate ideas logically and clearly, creating a framework for well-written essays, papers and reports.
Students can even begin paragraph development to expand outlines into written papers, referencing other sources with hyperlinks and images.
Switch seamlessly between the diagram and outline to develop ideas visually or verbally -- whichever matches the student's learning style best.
Pictures help students clarify thinking, while linking tools explain interrelationships
Over 1,400 cross-curricular symbols and graphics in Webspiration Classroom’s Symbol Library allow students to express ideas and concepts throughout their diagrams. They can also import images from the web or their computer. Customizable colors, shapes, fonts and sizes allow students to visually differentiate among ideas and to group information, catering to the lessons being taught.
Engage Students with Collaborative Learning
Students are actively engaged in learning as they collaborate on group projects, share documents for peer review, and receive guidance from teachers throughout the entire process. Webspiration Classroom incorporates collaboration, peer review and feedback in one document, keeping the process organized as students produce and publish their work.
Student collaboration facilitates group projects, peer review and teacher review
With customizable collaboration settings, facilitating group projects with Webspiration Classroom™ is easy. Students can do work in groups by co-creating and collaborating on documents to make the most out of their group projects. It’s as easy as inviting others to work on the same document - contributing, reviewing, revising and sharing information to create collective knowledge.
Students can invite peers to review their work and offer suggestions. They can also submit drafts to teachers for evaluation of progress and assessment of work.
Webspiration Classroom™ offers a variety of communication options for students and teachers to exchange thoughts. Collaborators can easily chat online while working together, leave comments for future review, and send messages via email or through the built-in Message Center.
View and revert to any prior version without losing work
Avoid common problems that accompany version control and merging documents. With Webspiration Classroom™, all collaborators contribute to the same document. This online tool allows you to see what changes have been made, when it was changed, and by whom.
Publishing documents allows students to share their work
Publish completed work to the Internet with its own URL or use the embedding code to add it to a web page, blog or wiki within a secure web space.
Extend Learning Time and Facilitate Teacher-Student Interaction
With Webspiration Classroom™, work can be done anywhere the Internet is available. Assignments can be delivered and evaluated online, making work always accessible. This streamlined workflow between teachers and students increases instructional time and keeps the focus on learning.
Workflow of assignments, review and feedback are made easy
Students can turn in work with the click of a button, eliminating misplaced and late assignments. Once turned in, work can no longer be updated by students, and is time and date stamped so there is never a question as to when it was submitted. Teachers can easily review submitted work, provide feedback and return assignments online, while staying organized.
Teachers can use online chat to conveniently respond to questions and offer guidance on assignments and work.
Examples and lesson plans facilitate use
Educators can access a gallery of examples and standards-aligned lesson plans to use Webspiration Classroom confidently and effectively. These educator resources make it easy to integrate visual thinking and learning across your curriculum. Teachers get practical ideas and step-by-step directions for engaging students in activities that encourage learning, thinking and creativity. New resources will be added frequently as part of your subscription.
Teachers can distribute assignments and use Webspiration Classroom™ diagram templates and outline templates to guide students' thinking and focus their attention on learning. Ready-made or personally created templates help teachers develop assignments that support curriculum plans or address students' individualized needs.
Integrated study tips help students improve performance
A Student Resources section is on hand within the service, complete with a collection of Study Tips which provide step-by-step instructions for specific study skills around the writing process, writing styles, peer review and many more.
Optimize Use of Technology Resources
Webspiration Classroom helps schools and districts make the most of their resources while providing a safe, reliable and engaging learning environment for students. It gives teachers and students 24/7 access to classroom materials and documents, which are automatically saved and backed up in the cloud. There is nothing to install on desktop computers, and safeguards ensure online privacy and dependable access.
Centralized account management
Set up, deploy, manage and delete multiple accounts from one centralized location. Accounts can be created as either student or faculty or administrator accounts, providing different privileges and levels of security.
There’s nothing to download or install
Start using Webspiration Classroom as soon as accounts are set-up. There is no software to download or install, and Webspiration Classroom updates are always automatically deployed, saving time and resource allocation.
You can depend on reliable access and automatic backup of data
Delivery over the Amazon Web Service ensures reliable service and access to Webspiration Classroom and its documents, without taking up server space.
With data and documents automatically saved and backed up in the cloud, Webspiration Classroom makes sure work is always available and intact without the need to spend IT resources on additional servers, software and maintenance.
Rest assured with a safe and ad-free learning environment
Students access Webspiration Classroom with a protected SSL-encrypted login and through an advertising-free Webspiration Classroom portal.
Webspiration Classroom student accounts may be created to allow collaboration with or without email accounts, providing a safe and protected collaboration environment.
Start the thinking and learning process in Webspiration Classroom, then export work
Conveniently export documents to Google Docs™ or Microsoft® Word. It's a handy way to save time when finalizing work in word processing software.
Use with Inspiration®
Upload Inspiration documents into Webspiration Classroom for online accessibility and collaboration capabilities or download Webspiration Classroom documents to Inspiration to take advantage of presentation tools, multimedia integration and more.