Mind Mapping tools can be used for organizing thoughts, brainstorming, planning, unique presentations, and so much more. They become even more powerful when they can be collaboratively edited. Mind42 is free and provides this kind of functionality. I've written about other mind mapping tools before on EmergingEdTech, but several of them have gradually moved to paid models. Mind42 remains fully free.
Here are some articles other teachers have written about using collaborative mind mapping tools like Mind42 in the classroom:
- 10 Mind Mapping Strategies For Teachers from TeachThought
- Concept Mapping in the Classroom from Kathy Schrock
- Using Mind Maps as a Teaching and Learning Tool to Promote Student Engagement from FacultyFocus
- 7 Mind Mapping Uses for Teaching from ThinkBuzan
And here is a Mind42 tutorial from “dakinane”:
So go give Mind42 a try! AFTER YOU TRY Mind42, please be sure to comment below and tell us about your experience, so you'll have a chance at winning one of our giveaways at the end of the challenge!
About the Challenge:
The Try-a-Tool-a-Week Challenge started March 1st. Every Sunday through the end of May we're publishing a new web page with a new, awesome free tool to try. Everyone who provides their name and email address (click here to open the Challenge introduction page and SIGN UP) will get an email providing the link to the page. The goal is just to have fun and learn about these powerful free web applications for teaching and learning, and along the way you get the opportunity to win some giveaways we'll award at the end of the challenge to randomly selected participants! To have a chance a winning, just participate and share some observations about the tools you each week!