Cost: Price varies depending on package.
- £6/month – Personal
- £10/month – Professional
- £15/month – Business
- There is discounts for those in education – Teachers and students.
Availability: Available through a web interface, as well as mobile devices, tablet’s and wearables.
What is it?
MindMeister is a mind mapping service that allows for real-time collaboration when creating mind maps in the cloud. MindMeister integrates with others such as Google apps, Google Drive, Evernote etc. to optimise performance (more on MindMeister integrations).
What is Mind Mapping
A mind map is a visual tool that can help you organise your ideas in a creative, non-linear way and is often created around a single concept, drawn as an image in the centre of a blank page, to which associated representations of ideas such as images, words and parts of words are added. Major ideas are connected directly to the central concept, and other ideas branch out from those.
How does it work?
MindMeister allows to create a central topic and from this you can branch out and add as many sub-ideas as you wish. Your mind maps can be used to just brainstorm ideas or can also be turned into presentations.
What are the implications for teaching, learning and assessment?
MindMeister can and is used for numerous educational purposes. This application allows students to:
- Collaborate real-time on group work even if they are not able to physically meet.
- Create and visualise notes in a mind map format.
- And create presentations as well as several other uses.
- Used as part of a project management workflow.
- Plan an essay.
- Revise for exams.
Example of a good mind map
Tony Buzan’s guide to mind mapping
Buzan suggests the following guidelines for creating mind maps:
- Start in the centre with an image of the topic, using at least 3 colours.
- Use images, symbols, codes, and dimensions throughout your mind map.
- Select key words and print using upper or lower case letters.
- Each word/image is best alone and sitting on its own line.
- The lines should be connected, starting from the central image. The lines become thinner as they radiate out from the centre.
- Make the lines the same length as the word/image they support.
- Use multiple colours throughout the mind map, for visual stimulation and also for encoding or grouping.
- Develop your own personal style of mind mapping.
- Use emphasis and show associations in your mind map.
- Keep the mind map clear by using radial hierarchy or outlines to embrace your branches.
- Mindmapping.com (Website)
- Tonybuzan.com (Website)
- How to Use Mind Maps to Unleash Your Brain’s Creativity and Potential (HTML)
- Using Mind Mapping Tools to Promote Independent Learning and Study Skills (HTML)