A. Instruction - 6.6
B. Design - 8.3
C. Engagement - 8.3
SimpleMind: An App for Planning
Summary : When you need to map out your thoughts!
SimpleMind is a brainstorming and mind-mapping app for students of all ages. With it, users are prompted to enter a word that will serve as the basis for their mind map. Users then add to it by tapping the “+” button located on the top right of the screen. This button allows users to add a topic or insert a topic. The “add topic” option places a new node on the mind map and the “insert topic” places a new node between two existing nodes. Users can also tap nodes to access different options that include inserting text, changing color schemes, and duplicating nodes. As they work, users can pinch and expand their fingers to zoom in and out of their mind map. To delete a node, users must tap the node followed by the “Trash Can” icon on the top menu. When finished, users can tap the SimpleMind+ icon on the top menu bar to save their work. Users can also share it by taking a screenshot of their work and emailing the screenshot from their photos.
- Students can use this app to brainstorm and organize their ideas when drafting an essay. The mind map can be structured linearly, so one main branch includes the introduction, body, and conclusion paragraphs. Sub-branches can then shoot off the main branch for each paragraph. The sub-branches can contain key ideas and details for the paragraph.
- After reading a text, teachers can instruct students to create a map using this app that represents how events transpired, how central characters are tied together, and/or how pivotal moments were related.
- This app can be used to diagram a scientific cycle or a process. For example, this app can be used to show the Water Cycle, how a war progressed, interrelations between social classes, and/or how a bill becomes law. For each cycle or process, students will have to add branches that contain key ideas and information for each entry.
- As a beginning of the year activity, students can create a mind map that describes them. To do so, students must put themselves in the center. Next, they can add branches to it and each branch can be specific to a topic, such as having a branch for family, locations, friends, hobbies/activities, and interest. Next, students can then create sub-branches where they add details to the main branch. Once students have completed their map, they can take a screenshot of it and email it to their teacher. The teacher can print out the mind maps and hang them on a wall to welcome students to the classroom.
- As a word study activity, students can put a vocabulary word in the center of their diagram and then can add branches to it. Branches can include the word’s definition, antonyms, synonyms, the word used in a sentence, and places where the word is commonly found.
|A2. 21st Century Skills
|A3. Conn. to Future Learning
|A4. Value of Errors
|A5. Feedback to Teacher
|A6. Level of Material
|A7. Cooperative Learning
|A8. Accom. of Individual Diff.
|B1. Ability to Save Progress
|B2. Platform Integration
|B3. Screen Design
|B4. Ease of Use
|B6. Goal Orientation
|B7. Information Presentation
|B8. Media Integration
|B9. Cultural Sensitivity
|C1. Learner Control