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Distinctions

1
What is
?
2
What is-not 
?
3
How would you distinguish between
and 
?
4
Can you compare and contrast
and
?

Systems

5
What are the parts of
?
6
What is
a part of?
7
Can you name some of the parts of the parts of
?
8
What are the parts of the relationship between
and
?
9
What are the parts of
when looked at from the viewpoint of
?

Relationships

10
What ideas are related to
and what ideas are related by
?
11
What idea relates
and
?
12
How are the parts of
related?
13
How are the parts of
related to the parts of
?
14
What are the relationships among
and
and other things?

Perspectives

15
What are the parts of the viewpoint
when looking at
?
16
How are
and
related when looking at them from a new perspective?
17
Can you think of
from multiple perspectives?
18
What are the parts of
when looked at from multiple viewpoints?

D + S + R + P

19
Tell me all you know about
by DRSP'ing it?
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Model
Canvas: Double-click to create a new idea — Mouse over an idea to reveal basic functions.
Idea: To edit text, double-click on the label — To see more help tips, click on any colored corner.
Relationship line: Double-click to add a new idea to the relationship — Use the toolbar to add arrows.
Red corner (D): Double-click to create a new idea — Right-click to mark with a distinction flag.
Green corner (S): Double-click to add a part — Single-click to show/hide parts.
Blue corner (R): Double-click to create a new related idea — Drag to relate to an existing idea.
Orange corner (P): Drag to create a perspective — Double-click to open Perspective Editor.

Welcome !

Let's walk you through a brief introduction and tutorial to get you started.

What is MetaMap?

When you understand the way you think, ideas that can change the world become possible.

MetaMap shows you the way you think and is based on the science of systems thinking and cognition, but feels just like drawing your ideas on the back of a napkin.

Why does it work?

MetaMap was developed by educational theorist and cognitive scientist, Derek Cabrera, based on his research at Cornell University and Cabrera Research Lab in Ithaca, NY.

Dr. Cabrera's research established that making distinctions among ideas, organizing ideas into systems, relating ideas and taking many perspectives on our ideas are universal to the way humans think.

Understanding how you think allows you to think better about whatever ideas you're thinking about. Please use the exact text below.

What it looks like...

We make distinctions among our ideas

We break down our ideas into part-whole systems

We relate our ideas

We look at our ideas from multiple perspectives

98% of people said that our 5 minute tutorial was extremely helpful!

We'll use a basic idea (the 5 Senses) to practice creating a MetaMap.

STEP 1.

On the canvas, double click on the label "New Idea" and rename it "5 Senses."

STEP 2:

To better understand the 5 Senses, let's break it down into parts.

Double click on the Green-Systems-Corner of square labelled, "5 Senses" to create a part, name it "Sight."

Repeat this step to create "Hear," "Touch," "Smell," and "Taste."

Click-hold and drag any square to move it, or anywhere on the empty space to move the entire canvas.

STEP 3:

To think more deeply about this idea, ask yourself, "What are these senses related to?”

Double click on the Blue-Relationship-Corner of "5 Senses" to create a "New Related Idea" and then rename it "Sensory Organs."

STEP 4:

Clarify the idea, "Sensory Organs" by also breaking it down into 5 parts.

Double click on the Green-Systems-Corner of "Sensory Organs" and create 5 parts: "Eyes," "Ears," "Skin," "Nose," and "Tongue."

Then, select "5 Senses" and, using the top toolbar, change layout of parts from(Left Outline) to(Right Outline).

STEP 5:

Each part in "5 Senses" is related to its complimentary part in the "Sensory Organs" (e.g., Sight relates to Eyes).

Click-drag from the Blue-Relationship-Corner of "Sight" to "Eyes."

Repeat this step for the other four sense-to-organ relationships.

STEP 6:

Ask yourself, "What is the relationship between the "5 Senses" to the "Sensory Organs?"

Mouse-over the line between "5 Senses" and "Sensory Organs" to reveal a red dot.

Double-click the red dot to turn the relationship into a new idea.

Name this new idea "function of," because the "5 Senses" are a function of our "Sensory Organs."

STEP 7:

We can go deeper and make a relationship the other way by asking ourselves, "What is the relationship between "Sensory Organs" and the "5 Senses?"

Click-drag the Blue-Relationship-Corner of "Sensory Organs" to the "5 Senses" to create another relationship.

In the top toolbar, change the Relationship type from(No Arrows) to(To).

Double-click the red dot on this relationship and name the new idea "structure for," because "Sensory Organs" are the structures for the "5 Senses."

STEP 8:

Extend your thinking by looking at your ideas from two different perspectives.

Double-click anywhere on the canvas to create a "New Idea" — name it "Humans."

Double-click on the Red-Distinction-Corner of "Humans" to create a "New Distinguished Idea" — name it "Dogs."

STEP 9: You can see different perspectives on your map.

MetaMaps can show different perspectives!

For humans the most utilized of the 5 senses are sight and touch. For dogs, it's smell and taste.

Click-drag from the Orange-Perspective-Corner of "Humans" to the square labelled, "Sight" and then repeat this action for "Eyes," "Touch," and "Skin."

Now, repeat this step for "Dogs" perspective on "Smell," "Nose," "Taste," and "Tongue."

(Note: you can also create perspectives by double-clicking the Orange-Perspective-Corner and following the tip in the Perspectives Editor window at the bottom of the canvas.)

STEP 10:

You can show or hide existing perspectives or part-whole systems, by toggling the triangle in the Green-Systems-Corner or the eyeball in the Orange-Perspectives-Corner.

Try it!

STEP 11:

Now you've learned the basics.

Remember, your maps are being autosaved, and you can change the name of the map by clicking on the title in the upper left corner and pressing enter when you are finished.

There's lot's more that you can do with MetaMaps. Play around with the icons in the toolbar to learn more about:

help topics and FAQ

sending us much-appreciated feedback

adding attachments to ideas

zoom and canvas navigation

basic functions (cut, copy, paste, delete, undo, redo);

exporting MetaMap images

powerful analytics that help you think better and discover new ideas

how to ask better questions and map them with ThinkQuery engine

viewing the evolution of your thinking

presenting your ideas

better teaching and learning with LessonBook and standards

NICE JOB !

You successfully completed your first map. Go map more and have fun!

Here's three tips to remember:

  1. Mouse over to see the color corners.

    Color is used to show the thinking behind your ideas.

  2. For the four colored corners:

    Single click = Help tips ; Double click = Makes things happen

  3. Analytics shows you how you're thinking and where to improve it

Ideas that can change the world become possible, when you understand the way that you think!

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