Grafio as a teaching tool

About teaching with iPad

Since iPad came out it instantly changed many things in our lives. One of them is how we teach and learn. Today the iPad is one very powerful tool in every teacher’s arsenal. It allows you to have fully functional computer experience in your classroom. Both for you as a teacher and also for your students. There are hundreds of educational apps available, who could be helpful in a different tasks.

Grafio Diagram Example Files – Resurrected from the dead!

Screen Shot 2015-10-20 at 5.23.49 PM Checkout our new examples page and all the example diagrams you can download and open in Grafio.

The Story…

The examples page is not new as many of you know but it was missing from our site since we redesigned the site about 6 months ago. Here are some of your feedback regarding our missing page:

“I’ve been looking for #madewithgrafio files but didn’t found them”

“Where the h… are the examples files?”

“Developer is dead no updates on site…”

6 easy non-diagram designs you can make with Grafio

Grafio is an amazing app for diagrams and graphs but did you know it could also be used to make simple designs similar to Canva. Unlike other mind mapping apps Grafio has always preserved the freedom of the user to move every object wherever he wants. Choosing the right canvas size here is what you can accomplish:

1. Facebook cover

You know all those inspiration quote covers you searched for in google. Search no more, create your own. All you really need is a good photo either one of yours or grabbed from google images + an inspiration quote.

Facebook Cover — 851 x 315 px

Doing something so simple instead of searching google is an immensely gratifying experience.

Organising creative processes using Grafio

Imagine you need to do a task. Not a routine, but creative one. You need to create something new and unique or you have to solve new problem, which is not common or discussed on the web. What would be your action plan? How do you handle such situation?

How the brain works

It turns out that our brain is more capable of processing images better than anything else. It is scientifically proven, that people with extraordinary brain capabilities are using part of their image processing brain region for other tasks like solving complex mathematical problems or memorizing large amounts of data. Our most powerful hardware is our image processing part of the neocortex. In other words – for our brain a picture worth a 1000 words. Let’s return to our creative task. Before you create something first you need to imagine it. This means literally to create an image of it in your consciousness. After you imagine it you need to transfer it on a more permanent storage. You can write it down, describe it in some way, or draw it. Otherwise you risk forgetting it. You really need to draw it. This way you’ll be able to think about it easier. Also it will be easier for other person to understand it. signs

Visual vs. Verbal

There are two ways of retrieving memories from the mind: visual and verbal, using pictures and using words. We’ll look at what describes visual vs. verbal learning in some examples.

Visual learners learn most efficiently, when material is presented in form of diagrams, flowcharts, pictures, demonstrations, etc. They tend to forget spoken words and ideas. The traditional approach of many teachers and instructors do not include so much visual aids. They would write some key words but although the students actually see the words, visual learners prefer visual aids without words, i.e., pictures, images, models, and objects. Visual learning suggests:
  • Diagraming and illustrating notes when applicable.
  • Highlighting the main point, idea or concept.
  • Drawing arrows to connect or associate concepts or ideas.
  • Coloring notes by topic, concept, or idea.
Verbal learners learn most efficiently if they repeat the material audibly. Some verbal learners may read their notes aloud to themselves as a study method. Verbal learners are often interpersonal. Ucla Of the two types of memories that can be accessed, the visual is primary. If you go back and think about a baby’s mind – at first babies experience the world from their memories trough vision. Babies don’t know what words mean, this comes later, but they can see and recognise something familiar.

Aristotle: “The mind never thinks without an image.”

Visual vs Verbal * All graphics are made with love in just minutes using Grafio 😉

The new Vidra Plus -$4.99

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September is knocking on the door, everybody is preparing for school and so are we! Many schools asked us if we can provide Vidra as a standalone app so they can get it more easily and budget friendly trough the available Apple educational purchase programs.

“It is a dynamite classroom performer and the kids make some fantastic content for our Science units.”

– Teacher