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Fun Factor:
Skills:Organization, Brainstorming

What we like best:

Kids can organize their thoughts with colors, photos, fonts and shapes.

What you should know:

There's no option to delete mind maps; for heavy users, many maps may become overwhelming.
Full Review:

Creative kids often have trouble organizing their thoughts in order to structure writing and understand what they're reading; establish organizational skills early with this intuitive, visually appealing app. Inspiration Maps offers children the canvas and tools with which to organize everything from class notes and study materials to essay outlines and Venn diagrams.

This app comes equipped with charts, diagrams and organizers of all kinds, and allows the option to create a customized organizer to fit a child's specific needs. This intuitive app is easy to navigate and use immediately after download. Featuring U.S. English, U.K. English and Spanish options, this high-tech note-taking option also allows for file exchange between the iPad and desktop computers, essentially building an informational “safety net” between devices.

While children who embrace organization by nature will love the visual accompaniments to their notes, kids who aren't inherently neat may not be as enthralled with this straightforward, no-frills app. This is an essential tool for older elementary kids, allowing them to hone critical organizational and brainstorming skills that they'll need to rely on in middle school and throughout the rest of their academic careers.

Reviewed 2012-09-26 on iPad iOS6 by Vicki Windman

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Topic:Writing
Platform:Apple
Publisher:Inspiration Software, Inc.
Standards:ELA &ndash Key Ideas and Details: RI.5.3 Explain the relationships or interactions between two or more individuals events ideas or concepts in a historical scientific or technical text based on specific information in the text. Production and Distribution of Writing: Produce clear and coherent writing in which the development and organization are appropriate to task purpose and audience.