Getting Started with Webspiration Classroom
Get started using Webspiration Classroom to tap creativity, organize ideas and solve problems. The following quick start will show you how in less than 20 steps. For more detailed information on how to use Webspiration Classroom’s diagramming, outlining and collaboration tools, please visit Help and see Videos.
Brainstorm and capture ideas
Use symbols and links to visually represent concepts and connections in Diagram View.
Click Diagram on the Starter screen to open a new document in Diagram View. Your new document will be Untitled until you rename it.
To add a new idea quickly, click on the workspace and begin typing. A new symbol to hold your text is automatically created.
To capture additional ideas, you can:
- Drag symbols from the Symbol Palette.
- Use RapidFire® to create a series of ideas that are connected.
- Add new linked symbols with Create .
Organize and show the connections between your ideas:
- Simply drag symbols to visually rearrange them.
- To connect related concepts, select the symbol where you want a link to begin, click Link , and then select the symbol where you want the link to end.
Expand your ideas and begin writing with notes. To add a note to your diagram, click a symbol on the workspace, then click Note and begin typing.
Learn to write effectively
Develop, organize and expand on written ideas in the integrated Outline View.
- Click Outline to switch to Outline View.
- Further develop your ideas by adding new topics and subtopics with Topic and Subtopic .
- Organize and rearrange ideas easily by dragging topics and subtopics.
- Change the hierarchy of one or more of your ideas with one command:
- To promote a set of subtopics, select the topic that contains the subtopics and choose Promote on the Outline menu. All subtopics will move to the left one level, raising them in the outline hierarchy.
- To demote a set of topics, select the topic immediately above the set of topics you want to move and choose Demote on the Outline menu. The topics move to the right one level, making them subtopics of the selected topic.
- Expand and refine your writing in the Notes area below topics. To add a new note to a topic (or subtopic), select the topic and press Enter (Windows) or Return (Macintosh), or click Note .
- If you discover that a topic or note contains two ideas, you can split it into two separate topics. To split a topic or notes text, click where you want to split the text, and choose Split Topic on the Outline menu.
Collaborate online, anytime and anywhere
Invite students or teachers to collaborate with you.
- To invite users, click the Invite button on the Collaborate tab, enter their usernames or email addresses and select their roles as reviewers or collaborators.
- Use built-in Chat to communicate online when working together, and the Compose Mail… option on the Collaborate tab or under the Collaborate sub-menu of the Sharing menu to send messages to the whole team.
- Use the Comment tab to view or create general or topic-based comments. To create a new topic-based comment, select a symbol or topic, then click the Add Comment button on the Main toolbar. Both collaborators and reviewers can leave comments. These comments are visible to everyone shared on the document.
- You can also publish your document to the Internet, and embed it in a web page, blog or wiki:
- To publish your document, click the Publish to a Web Page… option on the Sharing menu. You can choose to copy or email the associated URL to yourself.
- To embed in a web page, blog or wiki, click the Copy Embedding Code link at the bottom of your published document.
We hope this Quick Start has been helpful in showing you how to get started using Webspiration Classroom quickly and easily.