Inspiration 9 is an enhanced and updated version of the original software. New features include the Presentation Manager, which automatically creates bulleted slides and graphics from a student’s diagram, mind map, or outline. Inspiration 9 also features a new Map View, which allows students to create and think in mind maps. Price: single license upgrades $29.95; regular single copies $69; 5-computer license packs $310; 10-packs $550; 20-packs $895 Category: concept mapping
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Put to the Test: Inspiration 9

Thinking isn't always easy. Sometimes the mind wanders and loses focus. Or, you may have trouble getting started on a project. Luckily there's an app for that Inspiration 9 includes a collection of helpful visual learning tools designed for brainstorming,

Inspiration Software Supports the Mobile Classroom With Upgrades to Inspiration Maps and Inspiration 9

Featured at ISTE 2012, Visual Thinking App Enhanced to Support Third-Generation iPad; Compatibility With Desktop Software to Debut in Fall  SAN DIEGO – June 25, 2012 – iPads in schools are sure to be a hot topic here at ISTE 2012, where Inspiration® Software, Inc., introduced upgrades to its new app Inspiration Maps™, which now supports the new, third-generation iPad. In addition, the leader in visual thinking and learning announced a forthcoming upgrade to Inspiration® 9, its flagship software, making it compatible with Inspiration Maps.

Inspiration 7.6 Template Wizard

Tip: Inspiration includes over 60 templates. You can create your own template using the template wizard. Create a diagram that you will want as a template. Go to Utility and then to Template Wizard. Best to choose “Exactly as it currently appears on screen” and “Next.” You can change the colors,


SoftChalk, a developer of content-authoring software, has released SoftChalk V5. New features include a digital repository. Users can now perform keyword searches across several media repositories and embed widgets, so blogs, polls, surveys, widgets, wikis, and videos can easily be inserted to create dynamic lessons. The eCourseBuilder tool combines several lessons into larger eCourse modules with automatic calculation and tracking of score information between and within lessons.Price: $550 for single education license, volume discounts offered Category: content-authoring software


This notation and composition software platform was designed for students in grades three through 12. Based on the same popular software used by industry professionals, Sibelius Student offers a tightly packaged set of features designed to help students complete musictheory assignments, compose pieces for real ensembles, score music to video, and increase their literacy in music notation while it provides teachers with specific features for classroom use and classroom management. Sibelius Student is also available as a Network Pack, which includes 20 seats of Sibelius Student and a single copy of Sibelius 6 Professional Edition to help educators prepare lessons and supervise classroom work remotely. Price: $99, MSRP; 20-seat network packs, $1,499 Category: music