Exploring Different Types of Maps
Before illustrating five different examples of maps, let's clarify the main classification that distinguishes maps: on one hand, there are mental maps, and on the other hand, there are conceptual maps. Their characteristics, which we have already explained in dedicated articles that you can consult for details, can be summarized in a simple table that highlights the differences:
Mental maps, from a concept to infinite ideas
The first type of map we present is the mental map, ideal for creating original connections because it stimulates transversal ideas - also helping to connect different subjects. This model associates word nodes and short concepts with images in bright colors, so that visual memory is stimulated to have new ideas as well as remember the connections traced during the study phase.
An example of a colorful node mental map created with Algor on the theme of Globalization.
A map for memorizing: the tree structure
Another example of a study map is the conceptual map, with a tree structure that favors hierarchical relationships between various concepts. Using this type of functionality can help students focus on the concepts to be memorized, favoring a study that is certainly less creative but more efficient in preparation for an assessment (both oral and written).
An example of a conceptual map with colored borders created with Algor on the theme of the European Union.
Giving additional priority to concepts: the two-level tree
Similar to the functionality just explained but with some slight modifications is the two-level tree conceptual map. This type of conceptual map allows for a visually very basic layout, composed solely of words and arrows. The absence of frames aims to reduce the final result to what is truly essential, allowing the student to focus on the various aspects to be memorized without creating a clear division between the different areas.
An example of a two-level tree concept map, created starting from the Enlightenment with white background nodes.
Branches and complexity: the star map
A very convenient structure for getting a general overview of a subject of study is the star map. This functionality, which can be used for both complex maps and simpler maps, does not create hierarchies as clear as those of tree concept maps.
An example of a star concept map with colored nodes, created with Algor to summarize the Solar System.
Optimizing mental space: the compact map
If you are looking for a functionality that can optimize both paper and mental space, then the compact map is what you need. When it comes to synthesizing a large amount of study material or having only an indicative reference point when reviewing, the compact map can help students without falling into the pitfall of being overly scattered.
An example of a compact concept map created with Algor to summarize the United Nations' Agenda 2030.
Creating all types of maps with Algor Education
All of these functionalities, with different node organizations and layouts, can easily be implemented through your personal Algor Education profile. Each of the above-mentioned types can be created from scratch by following a few simple steps:
- Log in to your Algor Education profile or sign up. Profile creation is free and can also be done through your Google account;
- Open your personal Home and start creating a map according to your preferences. Please note that, in addition to the classic creation from scratch, you can also take advantage of our automatic features;
- When you are satisfied with the achieved result, click on the printer icon at the top right. From this section, you can select the combination of format and style that you prefer, and then potentially print the final result so that you always have it at hand.
Premium printing and exporting features are available for all Algor subscribers, both Pro and Base - please note that the subscription can also be purchased through the Teacher's Card.