Help being creative with an assignment?

by Tammy90 Tammy90 Member

I have a concept map to do

We have to make a question from topics given to us

(mine is: What are the risk factors associated with homelessness in the context of ones social determinants of health?)

So we have to pick 20 concepts (ex of some that I am using, substance abuse, mental illness, incarceration, lack of social support, low income, insufficient work etc)

then we have to link it to the determinants of health

then have to come up with (or find in literature) 10 health promotion strategies- then link those to the Ottawa charter and level of action (so society, sector, community, family or individual)

anywho, my teacher said we can just go simple and do a linear type concept map but I kind of want to make it more cerative

I was thinking of drawing a house and putting the risk factors out side the house, and the health promotion strategies inside but i feel like it might get a little messy with linking everything together if it isn't in a linear fashion

so do you guys think there is another way to make it more linear? yet creative?

not sure if I will get help with this, but worth a shot. Maybe someone is more creative then me! haha

thank yoU!

Devon Rex

Devon Rex, ADN, BSN

Specializes in Rehab, Ortho-Spine, Med-Surg, & Psych. Has 5 years experience. 556 Posts


WORD for Windows has a special feature under their "Insert" menu... it's called "SmartArt". See if you like any of their templates to create your concept map. You are able to change shapes and colors to each element if you so choose.

BUT... in all honesty... when I had to my concept mapping, I ran out of patience with this :dead: and ended up doing it by hand. Perhaps you're more savy when using these tools.

Good luck! :up:

HouTx, BSN, MSN, EdD

Specializes in Critical Care, Education. Has 35 years experience. 9,051 Posts

Can you do a progressive overlay? This is a hold-over from the ancient days of overhead transparencies.

If you're using PowerPoint or other 'slide' type software: You start with a picture (screen) with the basics & add more details with each progressive screen. The original images/text can be lightened as you go along, so that the more recent ones are more evident as the original ones appear to recede into the background. Another way to use this technique is to use the 'foreground' color only for the topic you are currently discussing & background (fade) colors for everything else.

Another great technique is to incorporate roll-overs. Images/text only appear when you place your mouse on a specific area. This keeps the screen relatively uncluttered because your details are only visible in the roll-overs. You can create these with many types of software. Unfortunately, PowerPoint doesn't have this feature yet, but you could create the rollovers as separate animations and embed them into your screen... only appear when you click on them.

Keep in mind that you can animate elements on the screen in PowerPoint by using 'transitions' to make elements appear and disappear on your screen. They can be either triggered manually or automatically (by adjusting the timing on the properties). You can also insert hyperlinks that automatically open a second screen where everything is exactly the same except for one new element - the additional information - and hyperlink right back to the first screen afterward. This can create a fake roll-over effect.

Have fun!


nurseprnRN, BSN, RN

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If you're a smart APPLE user (see my avatar to the left-- the "bite" is a silhouette of Steve Jobs)), you can do this with ease with Keynote. It's waaaaay easier than PowerPoint and the whole office suite costs a whole $79 including Pages (better than Word) and Numbers (better than Excel).