However, not all students find traditional outlining easy. For more visual learners, starting with a concept map or idea map feels more natural and makes the process more manageable. Inspiration Software recognizes that not every student learns in the same way. Inspiration, Kidspiration and Webspiration Classroom all contain integrated Outline and Diagram views . Students can begin the writing process with ease after visually developing and organizing information in Diagram View then, transform their diagrams into structured outlines with one click.
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