Create new ideas by getting to the heart of the issue and then looking elsewhere whilst retaining the essential qualities.
Analyse an object or topic from different perspectives - local, global and its place in history.
Analyse something according to the SCAMPER principle - what could be substituted, combined, adapted, modified, put to other uses, eliminated or rearranged?
Think about the way in which a particular theme or issue may develop in the near future.
Think through the impact and consequences of an event. What are the knock-on effects? Think of the diagram as a series of ripples working their way out.
Examine a topic through a variety of different subject lenses. Understand how knowledge changes dependent on the perspective from which it is viewed.
A cycle diagram is a circular chart that illustrates a series of actions or steps that flow to another. Start by putting the first stage in one of the boxes. In the next box round the circle, place the next step and so on.
A mindmap is a great way of organising a topic into themes. These categories can be used to sort information into related items for example, social, environmental or technological changes.
A fishbone diagram is a tool used to visualize all the potential causes of a problem in order to discover the root causes.
Venn diagrams are a good tool for comparing things. They can tell us what is similar and what is different about two or more items.
Flow Charts are graphical representations of processes, sequences or events. You are explaining what happened or how to do something chronologically.
Diamond 9 templates are a great tool when you need to rank or prioritise information. They can help us make a reasoned decision about something.
Input - Output diagrams help us map out the causes and effects of a particular event. This helps us understand why something happened and what the implications are.
Tree diagrams help you organise and understand the hierarchy of information in a body of knowledge. The branches help you group ideas so you can see the big picture.