This guest post was written by Richard – a mind mapping specialist at MindMeister – a leading provider of mind mapping solutions.
Mind mapping is fast becoming a must have tool in education, increasing in popularity with both students and teachers alike. Many school districts and universities across Europe, Canada and the US have turned to mind mapping software as their cloud based solution for file sharing, online collaboration and brainstorming.
Mind mapping is diverse, it has many applications and uses in everyday personal life, the business world and for education. For this reason exposing students to this way of creating, thinking, organizing and sharing information will vastly help them in their future careers no matter what path they choose.
Below are some of the different uses of mind mapping in education, I have divided them into Student, Educator and Administration uses…
1. Staff communication
- Communication between teachers within the school
- Educators teaching the same grade in a school district can share ideas
- Administration, IT, teachers and management have a platform for sharing ideas and information
2. Department and faculty management
- Preparing and sharing teaching timetables
- Providing contact details of each staff member
- Allocating rooms, sports facilities and equipment
3. Planning year calendar
- Staff members from each department can submit events for their class or department
- Events can be organized into a calendar for the semester or year
- Can be a platform for brainstorming ideas for the school calendar
1. Preparing a course
- Structure lecture notes for the year
- Make a course plan and set objectives for each month, semester and overall year
- Upload notes to a map to be shared for student access
2. Monitoring student participation
- Monitor students participation in group situations by using the history view feature*
- Mind mapping links home and school activities. Home assignments can be set and completed within a mind map
3. Collaborating with other educators
- Share your ideas with colleagues and also with other mind mappers all over the world
- Collaborate with teachers from around the world teaching the same grade or course
- Publish your mind maps in the public library or clone mind maps from the library to your own account
1. Projects and assignments
- Manage individual or group projects by creating a project plan and setting deadlines, and reminders
- Create a mind map for a project or assignment; make a node for every category. Quickly build a lot of information on the subject before writing
- Brainstorm with your group and watch all changes happen in real-time. Participants don’t need to be in the same room, building or even the same country for that matter.
2. Note taking
- Break large amounts of information into more manageable categories which can be studied individually
- Take notes in lectures, classes and talks using multiple devices i.e. iPhone, iPad, Android Tablets and smartphones
- Share and develop notes with friends
3. Exam preparation
- Create a study plan mind map and set tasks to be completed. You can link to mind maps created for when note taking on each subject
- Utilize your study time and have a visual guide on how you will achieve your study goals
*The ‘History View’ feature enables mind mappers to review all changes to a map made by each collaborator. The entire thought process can be viewed from creation to the end result. Please note this is a patented feature of MindMeister and may not be available with other mind mapping software’s.