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The Try-a-Tool-a-Week Challenge: Week 12 – Mind42

WEEK 12 – Mind42

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:

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!

Here are the tools we've shared so far:


  1. As a long time mind map user, I’ve explored most every online MM tool available. While none compare to paid versions, this one isn’t bad at all. I’m especially pleased to see that adding icons to nodes is an option. The one feature I’ve had difficulty with here, as with other online versions off MM, is the ability to control growth direction of the map.

  2. I was unfamiliar with Mind42. The sign up is easy and quick. I was expecting a format similar to Padlet. Mind42 has similar tools and features. It is multimedia friendly which is necessary in today’s learning environment. I was able to create a mindmap is seconds. I was particularly impressed with the ability to add more than one media type to a node. I also found the icons useful tools for bringing focus to a node.
    I believe the format would appeal to upper grade students.
    Good tool for the classroom!
    Keep up the good work!
    I have enjoyed evaluating these various applications.

  3. This is a great tool and I love that it’s FREE!! I used to use Bubbl.us but now that costs money. Every week I have my students make mind maps for language arts. I love that the students can do this electronically and have them saved to their own accounts. The collaboration feature is also really neat. Even with third graders, I can see my students tapping into much of the full potential of this application, including videos and links.

  4. Thanks to Kelly Walsh, I discovered MIND42: it’s a great mindmapping tool! I like the fact that pupils can work collaboratively on the same mindmap. I also love that we can embed picture and videos. It is a tool that I will definitively consider using in class.

  5. I use mindmaps a lot in my work and I do it for various reasons. Using mindmap42 for collaboration is a work and time saving tool, students can find it very useful as a work diary. Being free is an asset for users as they can create as many mindmaps but responsibly as every mindmap consumes virtual space particularly when it contains extra resources. (pics etc…)
    Next scholastic year I will switch to mindmap42 as I think it is a very good resource for teachers\’ planning.
    I would like to ask whether there is a way to import mindmaps from other applications except by inserting the link to them.


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