IS App DesignNov10

Write Better with the Idea Shuffler

This video describes how to write better using the “Idea Shuffler” software. The main focus of the video is prewriting, including diagramming, brainstorming, free writing, and information collection. Prewriting is the things you do before you start writing. However, typically you will go back to prewriting during other phases of your writing project because you find that you need some new ideas. The “Idea Shuffler” applies to all writing genres including fiction and nonfiction.

Calculus Concept Maps and Videos

This application shows how to learn or review Calculus using “Idea Shuffler” diagrams with links to Khan Academy videos. The diagrams and videos cover what is typically called “Differential Calculus” (Calculus I), “Integral Calculus” (Calculus II), and “Multivariable Calculus” (Calculus III).

Getting Started:

  1. Watch the video at this link. Note: The video covers getting started and walks you through using the Calculus model.
  2. Download the Calculus model (zip file) by clicking the “Download Now!” button on the right.
  3. Extract the zip file into a folder of your choice.
  4. If you don’t have “Idea Shuffler” Software:
    1. Download the free or paid version from
    2. Install the “Idea Shuffler” software.
  5. Open the “Idea Shuffler” software by double-clicking the “Idea Shuffler” desktop icon.
  6. Load the Calculus.vcat file using the “Idea Shuffler” “Load Model” button. The file is located at ..Calculus/Models/Calculus.vcat. Note: The “Idea Shuffler” software will not open when you double-click a file with a “vcat” extension. You always have to use the “Load Model” button.

Download the Calculus Model





The Flow of Money Concept Map

This video uses the “Idea Shuffler,” a unique type of concept map, as an aid in explaining the flow of money through an economy. The “Circular Flow of Money” is a basic economic concept that is focused on in the video. Associations with other concepts are also presented.  Press on the link on the right to access this video.



Brainstorming Using the Idea Shuffler

This application video demonstrates how to brainstorm using the Idea Shuffler software. The video covers the following various techniques for brainstorming provided in this software: 1. Individual Brainstorming; 2. Group brainstorming; 3. Individual-Group brainstorming; 4. Importance of defining the purpose of the brainstorming; 5. Letting go and maintaining an order/chaos balance; 6. And illustrating the brainstorming capability with an example.

The “Idea Shuffler” creates diagrams which are easy to understand for both hierarchical and nonhierarchical associations among concepts. Most diagram techniques, like mind maps and concept maps, do not handle nonhierarchical associations well. This is a big advantage for the “Idea Shuffler” because most brainstorming requires nonhierarchical associations. Click on the link to view the video:

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