Introduction to Semantic Mapping
Here is a semantic map that introduces the users to this powerful learning tool. Also known as word webbing, idea mapping, and mind mapping tool, it uses a map of linked or connected terms and displays them in a visual manner. Any semantic map begins with a concept or term which is placed at the center of the map. Related concepts, words, or terms are then written around the concept word and are directly linked to the central idea. Unlike reading texts where students are required to rely on their learning skills and memory, the graphical representation of critical concepts makes the learning process easier for young kids, especially ones with learning disabilities. The map can be used for improving vocabulary and even teaching complex scientific or geographic topics.
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