Thinking with Pictures
Shortlisted for a BETT Award
Logotron Ltd is pleased to announce that Thinking with Pictures has been shortlisted for a prestigious BETT Award in the category of Creative and Constructive Tools.
Julian Pixton, Director of Logotron Ltd, commented: “The nomination of Thinking with Pictures for a BETT Award pays tribute to the hard work of Logotron's Development Team. We're thrilled with the recognition that this nomination brings to the company.
Thinking with Pictures is the first mainstream product to use symbols in
an innovative way, and in a way that is valuable for all learners. Many schools are already using this software across the curriculum,
and to drive their 'Personalised Learning' and 'Gifted and
And with the availability of Cornerstone Visual Thinking, (for adults
and older learners), schools can appropriately cover all ages and abilities.”
A dynamic environment for modelling and organising thought, Thinking with Pictures supports a full range of visual tools including concept maps, mind maps, webs, trees, bubble maps and many other useful forms. Thinking with Pictures helps the learner deal with facts and knowledge, with memory and retrieval, with language and thinking, and with individual and social forms of learning.
Tim Rylands, in TES Online, wrote: “Once you start looking at Thinking with Pictures you realise how much thought has gone into creating an interface that is clear and simple to use – which doesn’t distract pupils from the mapping process. A simple click of the mouse allows pupils to work in three different ways: Mapping mode, where children can get all their thoughts down in one place, so they can sort, classify, sequence and compare and contrast data; Outline mode, which can be used to quickly create maps, move items or to help pupils categorise and organise thinking; Presenter mode, which is ideal for sharing topic work and ideas. I found it really helped encourage pupils to get involved in group discussions when they used Presenter mode on the classroom’s interactive whiteboard.
My pupils also found it easy to increase the complexity and sophistication of their maps by adding live hyperlinks and notes - a click of the mouse then played a recording, jumped to a website or revealed extra text. Some even exported their maps to Word to form part of a larger project they were working on.”
Thinking with Pictures comes with a high quality activity guide, which provides a valuable introduction to using mapping in the primary classroom. It explains how the software works and comes with a collection of practical and useful activities which can be used or adapted easily for use in your classroom, across the curriculum. The software also has a wealth of practical templates and example files for all ages to use.