Cluster diagrams

Published on: Author: Greg Alchin

Cluster diagramsWhat is it?

Cluster diagrams (also called cloud diagrams) are a type of non-linear graphic organiser that can help to systematize the generation of ideas based upon a central topic.

Using this type of diagram, the student can more easily brainstorm a theme, associate about an idea, or explore a new subject.

What aspects of learning are being supported?

  1. Bloom’s Taxonomy: remembering, understanding, applying, analysing, evaluating, creating
  2. QT – Intellectual Quality: Deep Knowledge, Deep Understanding, Higher-Order Thinking, Metalanguage, Substantive Communication
  3. QT – Quality Learning Environment: Explicit Quality Criteria, Engagement, High Expectations, Social Support, Students Self-Regulation, Student Direction

Which apps could I use?

  1. DEC managed collaborative tools (via Portal): Google Docs, Microsoft Office 365, Adobe Connect.
  2. Related collaborative tools: EvernoteiCloudBaiBoardNote AnytimeWeb2AccessCool Tools for Schools, and Exploratree.
  3. Analogue collaborative tools: Paper, pens and Postit notes.

How do I use it?

  1. The cluster diagram can be generated electronically or manually, sorting research and organising topics and sub-topics.

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