Vocabulary Maps

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Vocabulary Maps: Publicly editable mind map dictionary

Olomouc, Czech RepublicOlomouc, Czech Republic
Year Founded:
2015
Organization type: 
hybrid
Project Stage:
Idea
Budget: 
$50,000 - $100,000
Scaling strategies launched within the past 6 months:
Campaigns
Project Summary
Elevator Pitch

Concise Summary: Help us pitch this solution! Provide an explanation within 3-4 short sentences.

Every language teacher knows the power of Mindmaps and yet there is no language dictionary based on it. VOCABULARY MAPS aka publicly editable mindmap dictionary can offer this to the public.

WHAT IF - Inspiration: Write one sentence that describes a way that your project dares to ask, "WHAT IF?"

What if we can make looking up for a vocabulary faster, interesting and more fun? Will the language barrier be easier to come over?
About Project

Problem: What problem is this project trying to address?

1) time consuming looking up for the specific vocabulary (topic without dividing into levels) 2) appropriate word for the topic we need (getting rid of other words with the same meanings but for different topics) 3) connecting words with pictures (the brain works in pictures) Common dictionaries have vocabulary in alphabetical orders, without connections and without pictures.

Solution: What is the proposed solution? Please be specific!

The solution is an online dictionary with vocabulary in topics. Each topic is created into a mind map with pictures for each word. Every word contains - picture, audio pronunciation, translation, examples The topics have exercises. Big advantage is: Every "partner" (person who will help with creating some map - topic, audio, pictures, exercises, examples) will receive small commission if this map will be sold (schools, public courses) - so we are talking about making up your own "passive income" by making maps in our system which is offering the maps to schools and public users.
Impact: How does it Work

Example: Walk us through a specific example(s) of how this solution makes a difference; include its primary activities.

Are you going on holiday but are worried about speaking English in the airport or getting around at your destination? Well we have found that this is a problem many of us struggle with. It's not that you cannot speak/understand but more like you have forgotten vocabulary and you lack confidence in yourself. So you end up buying travel dictionaries. Vocabulary maps will save you from spending money on dictionaries, it will save you from searching for words through lists and pages because our maps are separated into topics with the main vocabulary needed - e.g 'at the airport' 'travel and transport', not only is it separated into topics but also it has audio pronunciation, examples of how to use the word and a picture for each word.

Impact: What is the impact of the work to date? Also describe the projected future impact for the coming years.

So far we have helped teachers with topics and our maps have been used in company lessons. We also have an agreement with a school to create maps for them in the next coming school year. This particular school uses Ipads on a regular basis so the maps will be great on this platform because of the touch screen, students will be able to touch on each word/picture to get the meaning, translation, audio, examples and exercises. The response has been great so far, many students have found the maps to be a more interesting and fun way of remembering vocabulary, they have connected the pictures and are able to remember more vocabulary in a short time. We have also found that the students can remember the vocabulary better and often for good by using the pictures in a story. In the future we hope to have Vocabulary maps in all schools with a range of different languages.

Spread Strategies: Moving forward, what are the main strategies for scaling impact?

Presentations, webinars, online Marketing, remarketing, affiliate, crowdfunding, people to people and for schools to try the Vocabulary maps.
Sustainability

Financial Sustainability Plan: What is this solution’s plan to ensure financial sustainability?

First stage > make a big enough community of followers/likes to prove the customers interest. Second stage > to get an investor for: programming, creating first commercial maps, marketing. Third stage > communication with schools, companies to make first businesses/orders Forth stage > to become recommended/awarded learning vocabulary method Fifth stage > our maps/system is approved by ministry of education and used in schools

Marketplace: Who else is addressing the problem outlined here? How does the proposed project differ from these approaches?

Osbourne have created books that are based on topics with pictures and vocabulary for children which I personally think are great but they have limited topics and vocabulary nothing with mindmaps, examples or exercises for children and adults. You can obviously get the well known english vocabulary books with exercises and examples with few picture but our approach is different because of the pictures. You can use the pictures to connect the words and also create your own story using the map to remember the vocabulary. As it is in topics it has even better connections so no more searching.
Team

Founding Story

I started creating mindmaps for my lesson after years of using the typical textbook method of teaching. I found searching through the books for the right word time consuming and confusing when finding words with more than one meaning. Students lacked enthusiasm and could never remember many words. They wanted a different way of learning and remembering vocabulary. So I started using different methods with pictures and games and I realised a child learns through pictures and connections eg flashcards so why not adults too? When did we switch from pictures to lists of words? Then it hit me, mindmaps, in a sketchnote style, I made different topics for each lesson and the students instantly found it easier to remember the vocabulary.

Team

Martin Šulák, Viktorie Zbořilová, Jakub Nožička, Suzannah Gearing, Tomáš Bednář