Mind Mapping

What is brainstorming/mind mapping?

As per wikipedia, Brainstorming is a group creativity technique designed to generate a large number of ideas for the solution of a problem. In 1953 the method was popularized by Alex Faickney Osborn in a book called Applied Imagination. Osborn proposed that groups could double their creative output with brainstorming

Reasons for Use

  • Why mind mapping online? See Tony Buzan's video below (founder of mindmapping)
  • Students can move and re-structure content easily.
  • Students can add further detail without running out of space.
  • Students can share their maps with you or each other to add comments or annotations.

How To Mind Map With Tony Buzan

Ease of Use

Finding the appropriate tool(s) to use to conduct a brainstorming session is important. There are a variety of online and offline resources for teachers and students to use.


  • Bubbl.us - collaborative mapping
  • Gliffy - collaborative mapping
  • Mayomi A free flash-based mind mapping tool that lets you map out ideas, projects, research topics, or anything else that can be dug into. Great for students when it comes to writing essays.
  • Mind 42 A free mind map maker with an emphasis on the collaboration. Google instant messenger is built in and if you are a Wikipedia fan there is also an option to attach an article.
  • Mindmeister - collaborative mapping
  • Mindomo - interactive mind mapping software
  • Exploratree - thinking guides
  • Text2Mind - for those who prefer text
  • Mappio - archive of mind maps
  • Interactive Whiteboard like a Smartboard with Notebook software
  • Flipchart Paper
  • Kidspiration software
  • Inspiration software