Inspiration Maps


Engage students in active learning with Inspiration Maps. Students build their knowledge by creating diagrams, maps and organizers that help them brainstorm, plan, organize and build thinking skills. Tap to transform visual work into outlines that export for writing. Use Inspiration Maps to:

  • Brainstorm new ideas and capture insights
  • Analyze information
  • Understand cause and effect
  • Organize projects
  • Organize thoughts and topics for writing
  • Take notes
  • Study for exams


  • Friendly design developed specifically for iPad
  • Diagrams are easy to build – and save instantly
  • Create an unlimited number of documents
  • Diagrams transform to outlines with a tap
  • Personalize with images, color, shape, arrow style, and backgrounds
  • Use images from the web or the iPad camera
  • Attach notes to any item to start writing
  • Add hyperlinks
  • Dozens of templates are included
  • Share files with other apps on your iPad, such as Pages
  • Share files with other iPads via Dropbox or iTunes


Plan Price Details
Inspiration Maps Lite Free Compatible with iPad.
Inspiration Maps $9.99 Compatible with iPad.


February 3, 2015

Inspiration Maps is a tool for the IPAD that helps writers of all abilities to map out, brainstorm and chart ideas for writing, research and note taking. I see the biggest application of this for our reluctant writers or writer’s with organization disabilities. With a simple tap on the screen boxes or clouds are formed and students can insert topics and notes in any order. With an additional click, this brainstormed map is turned into an outline that can be manipulated very easily. For many students this part of the writing process can be very tedious and often if they have the ideas, they struggle to get them onto paper and organize them. I think with practice, this could be turned into an excellent study tool, with students working together to brainstorm main test topics and accompanying vocabulary and concepts. For relatively low price, this is a useful tool for the classroom.

July 25, 2013

Inspiration Maps has actually helped me in nearly all areas of my life, as crazy as that may sound!

Work: I’m an Instructional Designer. It’s great to have a visual layout of the course and modules, as well as topics/objectives, when developing a new training course. Switching to Outline Mode is great for those people that are not visual learners! I have recommended that my team use this tool, as well.

Home: Chore charts—step by step instructions and such for the kids to teach them how to do each step. They love it!

Kids: My daughter (going into 6th grade) has started using it for when she’s putting together writing assignments.

Hobby: I write novels in my spare time. This has been absolutely *invaluable* as I lay out the plot and sub-plots and characters and their relations to others, etc.

I love that I can work between my Mac and my iPad (and soon-to-come Android tablet!) and keep things as efficient as possible.

I LOVE Inspiration Maps!

Math Pro
April 13, 2013

Concept mapping tool, has an app too.

March 19, 2013

Excellent app for mind mapping and concept mapping.

Easily transfer maps between Inspiration 9 (desktop program)and Inspiration Maps (iPad app). Can’t yet transfer to non-Inspiration programs/apps.

Many templates are included. You can also import templates from Inspiration.

Active user community (, lots of helpful resources (, and very responsive to questions.

Easy and fun to use. Highly recommended for students and teachers.

Parent, Writer, Picture Editor
March 19, 2013

I’ve used Inspiration since reading how the author of Memoirs of a Geisha used it to write his novel.
As a documentary writer and picture editor I use it everyday to outline and organize the shows I’m working on.
When the ipad version came out I got it right away. I love being able to step away from my computer and keep working whenever the, erm, inspiration strikes.
The ease of either sending it to myself by email or Dropbox makes it very practical and recently my 8 year old was blown away by how easily he could chart the web of “crushes” in his class leading up to Valentine’s day. Hopefully his first experience will lead him to reach for it for other projects!
A fantastic tool, highly recommend.

Mobile/Technology Coach
February 12, 2013

I use Inspiration Maps on a daily basis for myself personally as well as a tool for in the classroom (both teaching and training teachers).

I have also used it to demonstrate the power of “mindmapping” to those in the corporate market by showing how it can be used in meetings and for time management of set tasks.

Having used Inspiration for many years, I was very excited to see the iPad app released. I love the lightning bolt tool (shoots off shapes for thinking) and the ability to have fantastic templates at your fingertaps.

Inspiration maps gives me the ability to plan on the go, learn new material and share ideas with colleagues. I love the export abilities i.e. being able to share to Dropbox and iTunes.

Even though it is $10.49 in the Australian iTunes store, I would still highly recommend it.

Special Educator / Speech
January 27, 2013

I use this for brainstorming with speech and language therapy students. I love the ability to add images, and the ease of creating new nodes for brainstorming purposes. I really appreciate the range of fonts and colors available. There are quite a few templates included, but those are more for upper grades, so we do a lot of freestyle mapping with this. Very handy!

Here is a full review:

Instructional Technology Specialist, Author, Consultant
December 27, 2012

Inspiration Maps is a visual learning tool for the iPad. Users of Inspiration and Kidspiration know that this product is great for helping students build knowledge, review for tests, organize thoughts for writing and analyze information.

Inspiration Maps for the iPad is very easy to use. A few of the many features for Inspiration Maps for the iPad include numerous templates, the ability to share files via Dropbox or iTunes. You can use images from the web or the iPad camera to include in the brainstorming maps. Tap your way to success choosing changes for background, shapes, text, color and more. The App saves automatically and allows the user to add hyperlinks and notes to various topics on the map. I found it a bit cumbersome to use Safari to search for information on the iPad and then return to Inspiration Maps. Working with students, I would be sure to encourage them to locate images and information first to build a collection and then insert items into the graphic organizer.

Inspiration Maps for the iPad is available through iTunes for $9.99. Good news for educators is the fact that Inspiration Maps is part of Apple’s Volume Purchase Plan for Education. Get a free app for every 20 purchased.

December 11, 2012

I use this with ELL science students as a formative assessment to learn new vocabulary words and then as a summative assessment to see how well they have learned the new words. I appreciate so much the many ways my students can show their learning using this program!