Creating concept maps to encourage dynamic participation from students

Requires a SMART Learning Suite subscription

Use Concept Mapping to quickly create concept maps that encourage dynamic participation from students. Concept Mapping allows students to brainstorm, generate new ideas, and see the relationships and hierarchies between concepts

You can use ink gestures along with traditional interactions to build concept maps.

To begin using SMART Notebook’s Concept Mapping add-on, open it from the toolbar. A root node appears automatically. You then use additional nodes to create the concept map.

To create a root node

  1. Tap Start a new concept map in the Add-ons menu.

    A root node opens.

  2. Double tap within the root node to edit the text. Tap Propertiesor Text to open the Text menu, where you can select text size, font and color.

To create additional nodes

  1. Tap Add in the root node. A new node appears with a line connecting it to the root node.

  2. Double tap within the node to edit the text.

To use an image as a node

  1. Open Concept Mapping and drag or paste an image, Ink, or text to the Notebook page.

  2. Use a Notebook pen to draw a circle around the image.

  3. The image appears within a new node. Move the node to wherever you like on the Notebook page.

  4. Now use the pen to draw a regular ink line from the new node to another node. The line turns into a segment and joins the two nodes.


    • Use Undo and Redo to undo or redo your Concept Mapping work.

    • If you delete a root node, all other nodes are also deleted.

    • You can re-size the node by tapping the re-size handle and moving it to make the node larger or smaller.


  • concept mapping
  • brainstorm
  • concept relationships