SimpleMind+ (mind mapping)

SimpleMind+ is a brainstorming and mind-mapping app for students of all ages. In SimpleMind+, users start by inputting text into a word bubble. From there, users simply touch the “+” icon located on the top toolbar of the app to add new ideas. When “+” is tapped, a new word bubble in a new color appears with a connecting line to the primary bubble, and users are able to insert text into it. Users then repeat this process to create their mind map. Users can correct any error by selecting the bubble and tapping the undo button, or…

Review Overview

A. Instruction - 6.9
B. Design - 7.8
C. Engagement - 8.7

7.8

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SimpleMind+ is a brainstorming and mind-mapping app for students of all ages. In SimpleMind+, users start by inputting text into a word bubble. From there, users simply touch the “+” icon located on the top toolbar of the app to add new ideas. When “+” is tapped, a new word bubble in a new color appears with a connecting line to the primary bubble, and users are able to insert text into it. Users then repeat this process to create their mind map. Users can correct any error by selecting the bubble and tapping the undo button, or delete it by tapping the trash icon. Bubble color themes can also be customized from a drop-down color menu.

Instructional Ideas

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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, such as having a branch for family, locations, friends, hobbies/activities, and interest. 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.
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

Screenshots

  • SimpleMind+ Mind Mapping Screenshot
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  • SimpleMind+ Mind Mapping Screenshot
  • SimpleMind+ Mind Mapping Screenshot
  • SimpleMind+ Mind Mapping Screenshot
  • SimpleMind+ Mind Mapping Screenshot
  • SimpleMind+ Mind Mapping Screenshot
  • SimpleMind+ Mind Mapping Screenshot
  • SimpleMind+ Mind Mapping Screenshot