for Mind Mapping in the Classroom:
Compare the demo versions of various mind mapping applications
with C-map. Make a recommendation based on ease of use,
productivity and cost.
* Make a mind map on mind mapping skills as joint construction
and introduction to C-map. It is time very well spent.
* Discuss reasons for the use of mind maps.
* Set a research task on mindmaps. What are they? How are
they made? List 10 things they can be used for. Design an
experiment to see if they work for you.
* Set a homework task requiring a mindmap to be handed in
one week and then the expanded written form the week after.
NB I once set a homework task which
required the children to mind map how to make mind maps
and I still had one child hand in a pile of printed out
webpages on mind mapping ;)
* Demonstrate having an Internet page and the mind mapping
software open at the same time. No copy and paste allowed.
* Demonstrate the self talk involved in paraphrasing. What
is this paragraph really about? Where will I place this
idea / keyword / piece of information on the mindmap.
* Pair the students and have one operate the mouse and the
other read the screen. The mouse operator has to paraphrase
what was read and together they add the information to the
mind map. It is a slow process but well worth the effort.
* Print some of the mind maps for a wall display.
* Post a mind map to the Internet or Intranet.
* Publish a mind map in the school newsletter with a brief
message on where to download the software.
* Google 'mind mapping' to see what you can find for use
in the classroom.
Few Free Pieces of Mind Mapping Software:
has been my mind mapping tool of choice for a few years.
and Tricks for Mind Mapping with Cmap:
If you can't open a map you've worked on previously go File/Add
Resource and browse for your file.
* To add graphics export your map as an image File/Export
C-Map As/Image then import it into Word and add clip art
from the Microsoft
Clip Art Gallery
* Remember to format your graphics in Word so you can control
their placement- Right click on the graphic / Format Picture
/ Layout / choose behind text for the mind map and in front
of text for the clip art.
is an online mind mapping tool that has a free 'basic account'.
I like it because it has the ability to embed multimedia
into the mind map.
other free mind mapping software that some of my teacher friends
like is Xmind.
It is worth a play with as well.