Mind Mapping

Mind Mapping

 

Mind Map by Michael Petiford

Definition

Graphical technique for visualizing connections between several ideas or pieces of information. Each idea or fact is written down and then linked by lines or curves to its major or minor (or following or previous) idea or fact, thus creating a web of relationships. Developed by the UK researcher Tony Buzan in his 1972 book ‘Use Your Head,’ mind mapping is used in note taking, brainstorming, problem solving, and project planning. Like other mapping techniques its purpose is to focus attention, and to capture and frame knowledge to facilitate sharing of ideas and concepts.

Mind Map by Michael Petiford

Mind Map by Michael Petiford

Why mind mapping works

Mindmeister

According to the MindMeister website,

“MindMeister brings the concept of mind mapping to the web, using its facilities for real-time collaboration to allow truly global brainstorming sessions. Users can create, manage and share mind maps online and access them anytime, from anywhere. In brainstorming mode, fellow MindMeisters from around the world (or just in different rooms) can simultaneously work on the same mind map and see each other’s changes as they happen.”

Activity:

  1. Create a free account.
    1. How to:
    2. From the web, go to https://www.mindmeister.com/users/signup
    3. Create an account
  2. If you have been assigned the #1, start a new mind map
    1. How to:
    2. After logging in, click on the “Create Mind Map” button
  3. Share your mind map with the #2 person next to you
    1. How to:
    2. #1 person: In the bottom left hand corner, click the “Share” button
    3. Type in the email of your #2 person
    4. #2 person: check your email and accept the sharing
  4. Collaboratively develop a mindmap conceptualizing the pros and cons of using mindmapping for instruction

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