What is mind mapping?
Mind mapping is a way to visualize ideas, concepts, words, and so on, in a diagram. Mind maps can be created with pencil and paper, on the board, or with web applications and computer programs. Mind maps can be used in a variety of settings and for many purposes. They can be used to brainstorm, to plan (a paper, for example), and to aid in studying (vocabulary, plot structure, etc.). Mind maps are a great tool to use that will appeal to visual learners.
Here are some ideas for using mind maps in the classroom:
- mind map live, with student contribution
- make a mind map template for students to fill out
- have students work in groups to make digital mind maps
- convert handmade mind maps to digital ones
Where can I get started mind mapping?
There is a wealth of free and paid programs available for mind mapping on the internet. Explore the possibilities to find one that meets your mind mapping needs. Many of them allow for collaborative mind mapping.
Five Best Mind Mapping Applications - Lifehacker post
CmapTools - free download
Gliffy - free basic accounts, paid premium accounts; flowcharts, floor plans
Mindomo - free basic accounts; create, edit and share mindmaps
Debategraph - map all sides of a debate
Bubbl.us - collaborative brainstorming
Inspiration - costs $69
Where can I see mind maps that others have created and hear about how others are using mind maps?
Best Online Collaboration Tools 2009 - mindmeister map
Uses for bubbl.us - bubbl.us map
Merriam Webster's Word of the Day also comes with mindmapping