Webbing is a process carried out at the beginning of a project. It allows students to brainstorm quickly and easily - capturing creativity before developing ideas and highlighting how these ideas relate to each other. Once complete, information can be organized, linked and prioritized.
The process usually begins with a central idea, such as an essay or project title.
From this central idea stem branches that relate to connected thoughts or details.
Students simply link ideas together from the visual prompts on screen, creating an outline or structure from which to begin their work.
Different types of Web
There are a number of different styles or types of webbing that students can utilize, depending on the subject matter at hand.
All of which help get ideas on paper and show how these ideas are linked. These include:
Benefits of Webbing
Help students capture creativity as and when it occurs
Develops a more fluid way of thinking
Once inspiration strikes, the brain is open to ideas. This results in new information and ideas presenting themselves
Helps students understand the relationship between topics
Allows for the easy organization and prioritization of information
The ideamapper family of software consists of ideamapper4kids, ideamapper, ideamapper4college and ideamapperpro. The software contains different layouts that feature a variety of ways to brainstorm and visually link ideas. These are:
Star layout – this shows the main topic in the centre of the map with sub-branches set out in a clock formation around it.
Left to right – the main topic is set out to the left of the map with the sub-branches flowing out from it
Right to left – the opposite view to above
Top down – the main topic is at the top of the map, with sub-branches set out in a hierarchical view beneath the main topic
Bottom up – the main topic is at the base of the map, with sub-branches moving upwards from the main topic.