Mind42

Free! Mind42 allows users to create mind maps using its web-based tools. To do so, users must first log onto and register with Mind42. Next, users are brought to the main screen where they can click the “Gallery” button to view, comment, search, and like other users’ mind maps. Users can tap the “My Maps” button to view and edit the maps they already created or tap the “New Mind Map” button to create a new one. When creating a new mind map, users must first title their map, and the title becomes the center word of their new map.…

Review Overview

A. Instruction - 9.6
B. Design - 7.8
C. Engagement - 7.7

8.4

Mind42: A Website for Mind Mapping

Summary : Make & Share Your Mind Map Here… For Free!

Mind42 allows users to create mind maps using its web-based tools. To do so, users must first log onto and register with Mind42. Next, users are brought to the main screen where they can click the “Gallery” button to view, comment, search, and like other users’ mind maps. Users can tap the “My Maps” button to view and edit the maps they already created or tap the “New Mind Map” button to create a new one. When creating a new mind map, users must first title their map, and the title becomes the center word of their new map. Next, the new map loads, and users can click the center word to access the “+” button, which they must click to add a new node. (A node is a new branch in the mind map.) Users can type any word into the node, and they can add more branches to it by clicking the “+” button. In addition, users can add links, images, and stylized text to their node by highlighting the node’s text and using the menu on the left side of the screen. Users can also copy, paste, and collapse different parts of their mind map using the menu at the top of the screen. When ready, users can click the map’s title on the top of the screen to access a dropdown menu, which lets users view the revisions they made to their map, invite other users to collaborate on the map via their email address, publish the map so other users can view it via a URL address, or export and save it as a variety of files.

Instructional Ideas

  1. When first explaining what a mind map is, teachers can connect their device to a projector and browse the mind maps posted to the Gallery with their students. Teachers can facilitate a conversation about the qualities of effective mind maps by asking students: (1) What content is this map presenting?, (2) How effective is the map in presenting the content?, (3) How does the map use different techniques to express meaning?, and (4) What are some ways the map could be improved?
  2. After reading a text that explains a procedure or includes a series of events, teachers can require students to create a mind map using this website that identifies and explains each procedure and/or event. Students can include text and images to help represent each procedure/event.
  3. When planning a project or completing a mind map with a partner, one student can create the map and then use the collaboration tool to invite other students to work on the map using their own device.
  4. Teachers can assign small groups of students a topic to represent using a mind map. Students will then have to create a map using this website about the topic and present it to their classmates. In addition, students can download their map and post it to a class website as a .jpg file.
  5. During or after reading a narrative, students can create a mind map for each part of the plot triangle, and they can design the map to look like a triangle.
A1. Rigor
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
B5. Navigation
B6. Goal Orientation
B7. Information Presentation
B8. Media Integration
B9. Cultural Sensitivity
C1. Learner Control
C2. Interactivity
C3. Pace
C4. Flexibility
C5. Interest
C6. Aesthetics
C7. Utility

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