Create Concept Maps Online with Algor Education
Create Concept Maps Online with Algor Education
Register and Upload Your Document
To use the Algor Education web app, you need to be registered with a free account. Registering is very simple: you can sign up with your email and password, or log in with your Google account. Not registered yet? Go to Algor Education and create your account for free!
With the Free Account, you will have 50 MB for your documents. Now let's see an example of creating a map from a PDF.
1. Upload and Open Your Document
Once you have logged in or registered, your "Personal Area" will open, where you will find the various features of the app that you can use: Maps, Documents, Text-to-Speech. To use your documents, you will need to upload them to the app. Click on the "Upload" button, select the document from which you want to create your concept map (from the files on your device). Once uploaded, the PDF file will appear in the "Material" section of your Personal Area.
Your document is correctly uploaded to "Material". From here, you just need to click on it to open and view it in its entirety. The document will appear like this.
On the left, you will find a menu with various tools, such as the highlighter or the pencil, with which you can write and underline the parts that interest you in the document. To create a map from this document, you will need to click on the button on the right side of our screen, where the icon of a concept map is represented. By clicking on the icon, the option "New" will appear to proceed with the creation of the map.
2. Create Your Concept Map
Now you can build your map concept by concept.
In our example, the central topic of the concept map we want to build is volcanoes. So, in the main node (in red), we will write the title of the topic and from there, we will start creating the hierarchical flow, from general to specific in a hierarchical manner.
To create child nodes starting from the title, simply click on the parent node, go to the document, and highlight the text that interests us. After selecting the sentence or keyword we want to include in the new node, the icon "+" will appear, allowing us to generate a new node.
After highlighting the macro-topic "The Interior of the Earth," click the + button to add it as a child node in the map.
"The Interior of the Earth" is transferred to the map as a child node of the title "Volcanoes."
To continue building the map, simply select the parent node from which we want to connect the child nodes in the same way. We then choose a new macro-topic "The Structure of a Volcano" and subsequently insert even more specific concepts. It is important to underline that the document and the concept map communicate with each other: for example, if we change the highlighting color in the document to a word or phrase that we have inserted as a node in the map (for example, the "crust" node in yellow), the background color of the map will also change correspondingly to yellow.
3. Customize Your Concept Map
When we have completed the construction of the concept map, we can view it in full screen by hiding the document (clicking the document icon in the top left) and proceed with customizing the map. In fact, we can add images from the PC or the web, videos from Youtube, links to web resources, change the color of the nodes, and the font of the texts.
This process of building the concept map is extremely fast and easy because we don't have to manually write the content of the various nodes, but it is enough, as we have seen, to highlight the words or phrases that interest us and insert them with a simple click.
Having the ability to draw from the document itself will ensure a simplified work and at the same time a learning experience of 10!
Why Choose Algor Education
Building concept maps online allows for a more dynamic study: it reduces the time required to create maps and ensures greater customization and convenience. That's why choosing the web app Algor Education to create your maps is the right and tailored choice for you and your study needs. For more information on how to download digital textbooks, check out our dedicated guide.
Create Concept Maps Online in a Few Clicks
With Algor Education, you can create your map manually node by node or automatically with the support of automatic suggestions from your text. Algor, in fact, allows you to select a text, summarize it, and display it as a map automatically. Watch this video guide on Text to Map to find out how. Furthermore, a brand new feature is the Quick Map, which starting from a simple keyword automatically suggests questions related to the starting topic and their respective answers, which will help you compose the map. Easy, right?
Customize Your Maps Easily and Quickly
You will have an intuitive working area where you will find all the materials uploaded by you (such as documents) and your previously created maps, ready to be consulted whenever and wherever you want, even from your smartphone. Your concept maps are fully customizable, from fonts to colors, and you can add images, videos, and links to the map to help you learn all the topics!
An Inclusive Platform for Everyone
Algor Education also makes studying accessible to everyone thanks to text-to-speech synthesis and fonts for dyslexia, with a simple and intuitive interface. Our web app guarantees a 360° study for all students, especially those with learning disabilities (LD) or special educational needs (SEN) who recognize concept maps as the ideal and personalized tool for their every need, guaranteeing them a complete study.
The purpose is to build, day by day, the ideal digital environment to offer everything that will contribute to making studying more inclusive. Whether you are a student, a parent, a teacher, or a tutor, we invite you to try our web app: you won't be disappointed! Article by Rosaria Spiniello, content creator.