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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.

Exams:
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.

Resources

  • 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