iEARN BRIDGE Curriculum Enrichment Program 2005
Workshop Title: Graphic Organizers
Target Professionals: All subject teachers, Heads of the Departments, Subject Coordinators
Time: 6 Hours session from 9:00am-2:00pm
Abstract: "A picture is worth 1000 words." When students are juggling new concepts, a graphic organizer can be an excellent teaching aide.
The concept of brainstorming before you write an essay has been in use for a very long time. Graphic organizers offer a major improvement to the simple brainstorm because they add organization to the thoughts generated by the brainstorm. Graphic Organizers e.g. Mind Maps, Concept Maps are a pictorial or graphical way to organize information and thoughts for understanding, remembering, or writing about. Graphic organizers are powerful educational tools that can be used to enhance learning and create a foundation for learning. Educators can integrate and introduce the use of graphic organizers in different learning activities which can form a powerful visual picture of information and allows the mind 'to see' undiscovered patterns and relationships. Students who use the graphic organizers tend to grasp the concepts easily and faster as well as produce better quality written assignments including essays, reports and research papers.
This workshop introduces a wide range of graphic organizers and to explore its use in different subject areas. The workshop will present a great selection of well designed graphic organizers that can be used for different levels and tasks as a part of teaching and learning tool. Participants will get a small booklet containing basic information and some ready to use graphic organizers ‘Backline Masters’.
The workshop session will cover the following topics:
- What are Graphic Organizers?
-Theory Behind Use of Graphic Organizers
- Four Basic Patterns of Knowledge Organization
-Types of Graphic Organizers
-Review the Graphic Originate software and computer applications.