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Inspiration Version 8 (Mac/Win) - Personal Edition 
Grade Levels: 6-12inspiration 8

Powered by the proven techniques of visual learning, Inspiration supports improved achievement for students grade 6 to adult. Inspiration strengthens critical thinking, comprehension, and writing across the curriculum, in language arts, science, social studies and anytime your students need to structure research or other thought processes.


Inspiration® is the essential tool students rely on to plan, research and complete projects successfully. With the integrated Diagram and Outline Views, they create graphic organizers and expand topics into writing. This powerful combination encourages learning in multiple modes. As a result, students gain and retain a better understanding of concepts and demonstrate knowledge, improving their performance across the curriculum.

Improve student skills:
  • Plan and organize
  • Research and evaluate
  • Comprehend and communicate

Educators use Inspiration to customize instruction, achieve standards, assess student projects and energize learning. An expanded selection of 120+ cross-curricular templates in language arts, social studies, science, planning and thinking makes starting assignments quick and easy.

Visualize ideas, concepts and relationships
In Diagram View, students create graphic organizers — a core element of visual learning — to analyze, compare and evaluate information. They quickly brainstorm new ideas with the RapidFire tool, search the symbol collection to find images to represent any concept, and insert and play multimedia files. To show relationships between ideas, students link symbols and add words to further clarify meaning.

Improve writing proficiency
As they start the writing process, students use visually integrated notes to expand topics and switch to Outline View to further develop their ideas. The integrated Word Guide helps students choose words with more precision, and a contextual spell checker automatically identifies misspelled words. To finalize projects, students can transfer to their favorite word processor or transform their work into a web site with the Site Skeleton export tool.

Plan and organize projects
Inspiration helps students organize information, develop thinking skills and demonstrate knowledge. Drag-and-drop actions and hyperlinks make it easy to gather research and connect to files and web resources. As students develop their projects, they use AutoArrange to automatically format their diagrams.

System Requirements:

  • Pentium 75 MHz or Higher
  • Windows 95, 98, 2000, NT 4.0, ME or XP (including Tablet PC Edition)
  • 8 MB RAM
  • 15 MB available hard drive
  • 50 MB for full install

  • Recommended:
  • Internet Connection
  • Quicktime

  • Optional:
  • Interactive electronic whiteboard
  • Microphone

  • ***Macintosh
  • System 8.6, 9.x or OS X (10.1.5 or higher)
  • 5 MB available RAM
  • 10 MB available hard drive (8.6 and 9.x)
  • 65 MB for full install
  • Quicktime

  • Recommended:
  • Internet Connection

  • Optional:
  • Interactive electronic whiteboard
  • Microphone