As the educational world becomes more blended in the resources, materials, ideas and information that we use in the classroom, so too have Graphic Organizers.
As noted on the Inspiration website, Graphic organizers guide learners’ thinking as they fill in and build upon a visual map or diagram. Graphic organizers are some of the most effective visual learning strategies for students and are applied across the curriculum to enhance learning and understanding of subject matter content. In a variety of formats dependent upon the task, graphic organizers facilitate students’ learning by helping them identify areas of focus within a broad topic, such as a novel or article. Because they help the learner make connections and structure thinking, students often turn to graphic organizers for writing projects.
I find that some teacher’s who are used to having students use a paper version of graphic organizer that is really effective are somewhat hesitant to move towards using that same graphic organizer in an online manner. (And I don’t mean .pdf’ing the original paper version.)
As I work in a GAFE environment, checking out Google drawings is one viable solution. Each drawing can be shared with specific permissions in mind – view only, comment only, or editable. I have scoured and collected a variety of these graphic organizers, all found in a GDrive folder HERE (this is view only, make your own copies). I’ve ensured to give credit to whomever has created the GDrawing.
I hope this inspires you to use digital graphic organizers. Feel free to share some of yours!